August 2016

Mahogany coffee table


I have had this lovely coffee table sitting for a while waiting to be refinished. It didn’t look like this when I bought it. It was pretty scratched up and worn out.

My plan was to paint the entire thing with Annie Sloan Old White but as you can see from the pictures I (thankfully) decided to check under that thick finish to see if it was wood or a veneer. I’ve been fooled before into thinking the top of a piece of furniture was real wood just to sand it and find it was a veneer. But the bottom of this coffee table had the word Mahogany written on it so I started sanding. It looked to me like it was going to be veneer over plywood but the underside of the table looked promising plus it said Mahogany. Hello Cindy, pay attention to the clues! 😉 Once I started sanding off the thick finish I could see the beautiful wood underneath! I patted myself on the back for not making the mistake of missing out on this and went searching for just the right color to stain this beauty. I love the Minwax Early American so that’s what I went with. The bottom got 2 coats of the Old White, a little distressing and a clear wax finish and she was done!

It doesn’t hurt to check if you aren’t sure and want to stain something. I almost missed out on uncovering this amazing piece of wood. This table wouldn’t have had the same look if I had painted the top. I cringe a little that I almost pained over it. I do love painted furniture but a lovely stained piece of wood is worth the effort.

Let me know what you think and thanks for taking a look!


Annie Sloan White Wax Finish

Recently Annie Sloan put out a white and black wax. I bought a small can of each so I could try them both out. I decided to try the white wax first because I have been thinking I may want to use it on my kitchen table I’ve been wanting to refinish and paint. I had a project chair that needed a coat of paint and a new cover for the seat. I had a can of Aubusson Blue I have been wanting to use on something. Aubusson Blue is a dark color so I thought it would show the contrast well. So I took the seat off, reupholstered it and gave the chair 2 coats of paint. I LOVE this color!


It is a lovely deep blue and I thought it would be fun to see how the white wax changed the color. On the Annie Sloan website the white wax is described as a finish that softens and lightens paint colors. I started with the top of the chair and applied the white wax directly onto the paint just like I would clear wax using a waxing brush. I left it on for about 30 min and then started buffing. Here is how it looked.


It was still pretty soft and was starting to come off a little more than I wanted. I was told that it’s best to leave it on for about an hour so it sets. 30 minutes definitely wasn’t enough time to set so I waxed the entire chair and waited for an hour. After it sets it doesn’t buff like clear wax. It stays on a little thicker unless you use pressure. But I liked how it looked for the most part so I lightly buffed it with cheese cloth and here is the finished product.


It definitely lightens the color and gives the piece a softer look. I like that you can still work with the wax and take a little more off in some places, giving it an uneven weathered look. And just like the dark wax it highlights the curves and designs of the chair. I have not tried it yet but this white wax can also be applied directly to wood to give the piece a limed look. Thinking I will have to try that out soon! 🙂

The white wax gives all sorts of options to Annie Sloan Chalk paint colors. I’m excited to try it out and see what else I can do with it. I have decided to use it on my kitchen table and chairs. I will be posting pictures of that when I am done with it. I am, to say the least, very excited about that project. It’s been needing an update for a long time! 😉

If you have used white wax on any of your own projects let me know how it worked out and what your experience was like. I am still new to white wax and would love some idea’s and tips. If you have any questions for me about this or any other project please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.

Thanks for taking a look



Painting and Staining our stair railing part 3 – Done!


Done! This was a big project but it’s finally done. And I have to say I am very happy with the way it turned out! It was time consuming and a bit frustrating at times, but what a change! Here is the before and after pictures. (I added links to the first 2 posts at the end of this post)

Once the gel stain was on and I finished with 2 coats of polyurethane, I started on the spindles. Taping the spindles off was the time consuming part. I used A LOT of tape. But to get a really clean look it was necessary. Spend the time on this, it’s worth it.


I painted the spindles Annie Sloan Pure White and finished them with polyurethane as well so everything had the same finish. Be sure to use a top coat that won’t yellow the chalk paint. I used General Finishes High Performance Water based topcoat.

Now that it’s done I can say the hardest part was the time it took. Don’t plan on this being a quick project. But as long as you take the time to tape everything off and be sure to layer thin coats of stain as well as paint you will be happy with the results. I really am amazed at how different it looks. And I absolutely love it!

Let me know what you think. If you have any questions about how I refinished my stair railing please ask.

Thanks for taking a look


Here are links to the first 2 posts in this series

Painting and staining our stair railing Part 1

Painting and Staining our stair railing part 2