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As many of you know we just moved (same town, new house). Because I like to complicate things I’ve decided to refinish approximately 101 (slight exaggeration) pieces of furniture while moving. I promise I’m not very crazy. I’ve tackled four in the past month so I’m doing okay so far. Here’s the first one I’d like to share with you. It’s a furniture makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White and a bit of creativity.

We’ve had this TV stand in our living room for 9 years. I’ve always thought it was an eye sore but I got really good at ignoring it. (Much like the 11 boxes stacked in my dining room that I’m desperate to not unpack.)

Back to the TV stand.


It was brown. Chipped. Scratched. At some point a candle had overheated on the top so it’s sported a big circle for years that I covered with a lamp. The final straw for me was when a latch that secured the glass in one of the doors broke. This resulted in a door having no glass while the other did. Just keeping it classy here, folks.


I knew this piece could be beautiful with a little love, elbow grease, and 1 1/2 pints of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White. A pint is usually plenty but this guy was so dark it required extra.

To start I removed the knobs and gave all the wood a quick wipe to remove any dust. I also removed the lonely remaining glass from the door.

It took four coats of paint to completely cover both the inside and the outside. I also painted over the hinges (which were brass). Why? I didn’t feel like removing them. Really. Plus I’ve painted hinges and drawer pulls (didn’t do that this time) with Old White before and they always turn out beautifully.

Now about those glass doors. I didn’t like them. I had an idea in my head about how I wanted it to look and it didn’t involve glass. I wanted to create the look of windows in the doors for a more farmhouse feel. Using some thin strips of wood I purchased at Home Depot (cut to size, glued with wood glue, and painted to match) I was able to achieve this.


After the paint was completely dry I sanded some of the corners to give it more character. I used a dry cloth to wipe off any sanding residue and then applied Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax.


These rustic painted gold knobs from Hobby Lobby were the final touch.


The end result makes me smile. I think it looks like a completely different piece of furniture and is a perfect fit in the playroom of our new home.


Have you refinished any furniture using chalk paint? If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?










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  1. Abigail says:

    I love these pieces and I LOVE Annie Sloan paint! You did a wonderful job!

  2. Annie says:

    This turned out great!!! You go girl! I’ve always wanted to try to refinish with chalk paint but have been too scared actually do it. You make it sound so easy!

    Annie |

  3. Jasmine says:

    Looks amazing! I love the look of chalk paint!

  4. Hey Erin Nicole says:

    You did such an amazing job!! I Haven’t personally tried that chalk paint yet but I’ve heard amazing things about it.

  5. sara says:

    That’s so cool! It does look like a completely different piece of furniture. I love how it got a complete personality update!

  6. Meg | The Many Little Joys says:

    Beautiful! I love the white and the detailing on the doors. I’ve never used chalk paint, but I’d like to try it sometime.

  7. Bridget says:

    I love chalk paint and have always wondered how to get that distressed look! So this didn’t require any kind of sanding?

    1. Christina says:

      I did sand the corners and any edges. If you want an even stronger distressed look you can use the dark wax in addition to the clear too.

  8. Amy says:

    Wow! What a difference! Love the rustic look!

  9. jehava says:

    Wow you did an amazing job! I really need to do more stuff like this around my house! That looks fantastic!

  10. jackie says:

    this turned out amazing! i love chalk paint and refinished an antique dresser with it recently.