Chippy Table

My initial plan was to give this table a traditional look and use it as a small side table next to my husband's recliner. But as I got started on the project I decided to go for a chippy look. I suppose I just wasn't in the mood that day for traditional. Instead I decided to give this modern day piece a little bit of vintage charm.

After: Chippy layered paint on small table  gives a modern piece some vintage charm.
After: Chippy layered paint on small table
gives a modern piece some vintage charm.



First I painted the entire table with a base coat of Coco. Next I applied Aubusson Blue to the base and Old White to the top.

Layered paint and dark wax on small table.
Layer chalk paint for a time worn look.
Dark wax was applied to further age the table.
 I chipped away some of the Old White with the back of a knife.

Use a knife to chip away the paint.
Use a knife to chip away the paint.

I used a damp wash cloth to wet distress the top coat of paint to reveal the base color underneath. Applying just a little more water and presser also helps achieve a chippy look. The best part is if you're not happy with the look you can simply paint right over it. I was happy with the look, so I applied a coat of clear wax to seal the paint and then applied dark wax to age it a bit more.

Use a damp wash cloth to wet distress the paint.
Use a damp wash cloth to wet distress the paint.

Did you think I forgot to include a "before" photo? Here is a side-by-side of the before and after:

WOW! Before and after: Modern table gets vintage charm!
Modern table gets vintage charm!

And finally here is one more side-by-side comparison of the top of the table which illustrates the difference you can create in a modern table to give it the charm of a vintage piece:

Before and After: small modern table gets a new (old) look.
Before and After: small modern table gets a new (old) look.

My living room has traditional decor, so this table won't work there. But I think it would be a fun piece to use as a plant stand, or near an entryway or mudroom as a catch-all for keys and cell phones. Or maybe in a bathroom for displaying bath salts and pretty soaps?
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Supply List

Below are the supplies I used for this project. Some (not all) links are affiliate links which  means I earn a (very) small commission (ha ha) if you make a purchase. It doesn't cost you extra, but it helps support the time and effort of maintaining the blog. Thank you for your support and understanding!
  • Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan, Paint colors: Coco, Aubusson blue, and Old White. Wax: clear and dark. Click on the link to find where you can by her products from local stockists. Some stockists also ship via online orders!
  • Wooster Vintage Effects paintbrush (2" angled china bristle)
  • Knife (look for an old one at a thrift store)
  • Washcloth and water

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