When Fall brings its colder days, I always choose to stay in and focus on my interior. I get very excited about the idea of changing a wall color here, of a piece of furniture there…

A couple of weeks ago, I sold my mirrored night tables and got new ones, who needed some tlc. My inspiration: Pinterest! I saw this picture of a half-moon table, used as a night table, and this is where the party began:

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I was able to find similar ones on Kijiji, made out of solid cherry wood:

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Although I thought the wood was beautiful, I wanted to go for a white distressed look. I took a girlfriend’s advice and tried Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to add a Shabby chic twist to those rather traditional tables.

A bit of information on the Chalk Paint:

– Annie Sloane gave that name to her product because of its velvety, matt finish;

– Comes in 30 decorative and historical colors made for painting furniture, painting floors, and walls;

– No need to prime or sand! Love it.

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I used the two-color distressing technique. This tutorial will help you at home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjxKGQrO1UE

Step 1: I painted the tables in Graphite:

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It is very important to use Annie Sloan’s brushes. They’re great for achieving texture and allow you to paint expressively as the bristles are strong and firm but pliable.

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You can get those brushes, as well as the paint, at Malenka if you are in the Ottawa region.

Step 2: After it dried, I re-painted them in Pure white:

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Step 3: distress time! There is two way of achieving that look, whether by using sand paper or using a damp cloth and gently rubbing specific areas so that they grey come out.

Step 4: I used Annie Sloan wax to protect the tables.

Result!!!

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and once in my bedroom, it just got better. I’ve decided to add a frame behind them, to complete the look:

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