From Pine to Fine – a DIY

July 25, 2014 | 12 comments

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Confession time!  I love painted furniture.  I love to repurpose pieces that are past their prime, no longer useful or have been cast away as “old news”.  There is just something fulfilling in taking something old and making it new again.

Last year I repurposed an old sewing table into a night stand in our bedroom.  You can read about that here.  I worked for the first time with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and I was hooked.  Here’s the result:

The finished product replaced this gem:


I am way past any love I had for pine furniture and saw this as an opportunity to work more “repurpose” magic.  And I had the perfect spot for a new version of this end table.  So, armed with a couple of my favourite Annie Sloan colours, I set to work.

Step 1:

I cleaned and sanded the table to slightly scratch the surface as it was pretty shiny. Since I saw no benefit in wasting paint on the inside of this piece, I taped along the drawer sides and inside at the bottom of the body of the end table.

Step 2:

Two coats of Annie Sloan Graphite chalk paint.  After the first coat, I waited about 72 hours – I was painting outside and we had a steady 3 days of rain – grrrr!  The second coat was applied and completed covered the piece.

Step 3:

I lightly sanded the piece to add texture. Using a tack cloth I cleaned off all dust from the sanding

Step 4:

I applied one coat of Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk red, stood back and fell in love!



Step 5:

One coat of clear wax was applied.  And the piece was lightly buffed.

Step 6:

Another light sanding, this time on the edges to distress the piece enough to show the original wood and some of the Graphite.

Step 7:

A final coat of dark wax this time to add depth to the red.  A good hard buffing finished it off with a nice shine.

Final Step 8:

Remove all the tape and add knobs.

And voila….. my new favourite piece!  I love the colour variations on the drawer fronts!  This houses our umbrellas, sunglasses and keys, grandbaby goodies and winter gloves, scarves and hats.  Its the perfect size for our front hallway.  (Just added to the To Do list is repainting the staircase banister – pronto!)




I can’t wait for my next Annie Sloan Chalk Paint project … oh yes… there is already another in the works!


12 responses to “From Pine to Fine – a DIY”

  1. hchybinski says:

    I SO have to get over my fear and just do this! I have so many ideas – but a strong fear of failure – thanks for your step by step !! The piece looks fabulous!

  2. Ginette says:

    Beautiful job. Absolutely love it.

  3. wow that looks fantastic!

  4. I love it Donna, what a beautiful colour. It takes on a whole new look, very elegant for the front entrance and has purpose too. I love Annie Sloan paint too though I haven’t tackled anything large yet.

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Sheila! It really does add a little touch of elegance at the front door! I’ve done two furniture projects now with ASCP and just picked up another last night (at the Tin Barn Market Flea Market) which I’ll be starting shortly. It’s like an addiction!

  5. Lisa Goulet says:

    Wow, what a transformation. It is the perfect colour and the you have found the perfect spot for it. Love it!

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Lisa – I do LOVE this new piece! I have another one exactly the same … my mind is racing with possibilities!

  6. Beautiful! Can I ask how you got the graphite to show? Did you add that after the red in some areas as a highlight?

    • Donna says:

      Thanks Nicole. When I did the coat of Emperors Silk (red) I continued brushing as the paint dried – similar to dry brushing. That lifted some of the red, allowing the Graphite to show through in areas. Some of the texture is also a result of the dark wax as well.

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