Transformation Tuesday: A Breakfast Table Revamp

January 13, 2015

Here are a couple of pictures of our breakfast table.

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IMG_6551 (2)Our kitchen area is really dark. The original builder decided that it was a good idea to install dark floors, dark wooden cabinets and dark granite counter tops. #nocontrast 

Because our kitchen and breakfast area only gets good light in the morning, I decided to make some small changes to help brighten this area since it gets so dark by the afternoon. My sweet neighbor down the street gave me her leftover Annie Sloan chalk paint and wax and I decided to try it out and compare it with my homemade version shown from this post. I also wanted to test out this particular brand called Americana Decor (AD) that I bought at Michaels. The AD paint was about $8.99 but you can use a 40% off coupon to get it less. Remember, a little chalk paint goes a long way. 

For this project, I used almost all of the AD paint and a little over 1/3 of the Annie Sloan chalk paint.

I wanted to brighten our breakfast area by painting the black part of our table and chairs white. I used AD paint for the first layer on a chair and was disappointed because it went on really streaky. I tried a second coat and it wasn’t that much better. I originally wanted bright white but discovered it was too stark of a contrast. I painted over the AD with the Annie Sloan, old white and it was so much better. The old white was a much better color overall and it didn’t have that streakiness that I found with the AD paint. I decided to do AD for the first coat and finish the second coat with Annie Sloan. Here’s the result.

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Jimmy and I looooove the result. It totally brightens our breakfast area. I love how it made the white part look a little distressed. Compared to regular paint, chalk paint adds a layer of character and depth.  After painting, we buffed it with some Annie Sloan wax which is necessary for a smoother finish. It’s also important to wax furniture pieces that get a lot of use and handling. 

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So so good!! I love how it achieved a rustic look. Check out my newly painted ducks too! We used the same method on them. #thanksjules


 No more yellow ducks! #minfamilyducksgetrevampedtoo

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The Annie Sloan paint and wax are definitely amazing products. I wasn’t satisfied with the AD chalk paint but maybe it would be better with a different color? I’m not so sure. As far as the comparison goes, I think I would still opt to go with the homemade version just because it’s pennies on the dollar compared to the Annie Sloan. However, I would definitely go with the Annie Sloan wax to smooth and seal the paint. The best part about chalk paint is that you can skip the stripping, sanding and primer! It’s great for lazy painters like me πŸ™‚ 

Here’s a side by side comparison. I looooves it! 


If you decide to do some chalk paint projects, let me know! I would love to hear how they turn out. 


The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

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    I really enjoy reading your blog!! Thanks for keeping me entertained during the wee hours while breastfeeding!

    So, silly question, but what exactly is chalk paint? Is it the kind that you can write on with chalk after you finish painting? Or paint made with chalk??? For a matte finish? Enlighten me, please!

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      Yuni Min

      hey elisa! sorry your comment was in the spam folder and i just noticed it now! but chalk paint is different as it is more of a matte, chalky type of paint. this type of paint is great for furniture as you don’t need a separate primer. chalkboard paint is used when you’re painting some sort of board or wall to use as actual chalkboard with chalk. i know it’s confusing! haha

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    Addy Choi

    Wow what a great before/after contract – thanks for introducing me to the wonders of chalk paint!

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      Yuni Min

      you’re welcome, addy! oh yeah, it’s awesome stuff!! i love it

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