Two Toned Furniture – With a Hint of Chalk Paint

Last week and into this weekend I really needed to get my painting on….you would have never guessed what happened Saturday night – we received yet another snow storm – I have lost count to how many we have actually had. But this winter feels like it is never going to end!!! Hopefully, spring is knocking at our door soon.

So since the weather was messy I decided to get some painting done. My TV area of my living room is rather eclectic. We have 5 tables in the area – and none of them match. We have two metal ones, a coffee table and then two accent tables.

Different views of of the tv room

So to bring a little more symmetry to the space – and since I fell in love with this two tone color combination that I have on our new coffee table, I thought it would be cute to paint the end table and accent table graphite and country gray…by Annie Sloane.

First Coat Annie Sloane

I truly have missed painting – it has been such a long winter – I will definitely have to find a place to paint for next year. And I forgot how great it is to work with chalk paint. It just goes on so easy to the furniture you are working with and the colors are truly awesome.


First I want to give a shout out to the Purple Painted Lady shop – they are located outside of Macedon,, NY and this is where I buy all my chalk Paint. Sometimes I do visit the shop but mostly I order online – and it comes within 3 days. I was having some issues with the graphite I bought last summer – for some reason it was going on differently than the other colors. I called Trish the owner – we were troubleshooted over the phone and realized something was wrong with the paint – without even asking Trish offered to send me a new gallon of paint at no cost to me. She has excellent customer service – always willing to help out or give advice on painting techniques and always sends a nice smiley face on the box! It makes my day!

Purple Painted Lady Box


The accent table first, I purchased this table at Homegoods this past summer for Steve – he needed a little table to put drinks and the remote on next to his big manly recliner. At first I painted it a pretty sage color but the table just got drowned out in the corner.

Black hat on top web

So I decided to paint the top graphite and the rest of the piece country gray by Annie Sloane. Since I wanted the graphite to be rich in color I did paint the top portion with three coats. Then I just put on one good coat of clear wax also by Annie Sloane.

close-up on the table


For the end table – which was one of the first pieces of furniture Steve and I bought right after we got married with the Wedding money – needed an update too. Again to look similar to the coffee table I again painted the piece graphite on top (3 coats) and country gray on the bottom.

end table finished web

The color country gray is really a milky cream in my book with a gray undertone – it is a great color to work with within the collection.


So now we have some similar but not too matchy-match tables in our TV room to balance out the electric feel.


What colors of Annie Sloane do you like to work with – do you ever paint furniture in a two toned look?

Do your Kitchen Chairs have to be ALL the Same?

I know I have been keeping my kitchen area kind of quiet over the last couple of months since I started this little blog. I really have not shared too many staged pictures of the space, actually none for that matter. For one – it is always a working zone – with computers, cooking and kids stuff getting ready for the next event.So I have been apprehensive to make it perfect for a photo shoot and then the kids come home and everything explodes.

Kitchen table upclose web
Anyway, one of the favorite items in my kitchen right now are my kitchen chairs – they are a mix and match set – who ever said that all your chairs around a table need to match? They did not in the house I grew up in and they don’t all match in my dinning room either.
We bought our kitchen table from Value City furniture about a year or so after we moved into this house, so it is about 8 years old. I loved the mix of woods and distressed cream legs of the table – and it is starting to show it’s age – as soon as it is warm enough this Spring the table is going to get a freshly stained top – can’t wait to work on that with my sister.
Anyway, the chairs that came with the table did not last the lovely day-to-day wear and tear of our house. So when I closed up our office space last year – I brought these chairs with me – I could not part with them.

the pierone chair web
So I have two parson chairs that I covered in this fun, bright lime pattern from Pier One. It was actually the very first purchase I made for our office that I redid a couple of years ago and was the starting point for the design theme. I love the pattern and the chairs are super comfy and they just make my kitchen bright and airy.

yellow vintage kitchen chair web
Then we have two vintage yellow canned back chairs that I found in one of my favorite stomping grounds. They were our conference room chairs at the office. I bought 6 chairs for 70 dollars at the time. They had this horrible material on the seat, but looking at the chairs – their make-up was sturdy and I knew with some great material they would clean up nice!

fabric for the chairs web
At first I was going to paint this chair a watermelon pink – but when I got them home the yellow really grew on me and I found this wonderful fabric that had all the colors of our space – greens, yellows and pinks that just went perfectly with the chair.
Reupholstry was real easy for this project as all you had to do was unscrew the seat – staple the material around the seat area and then screw the seat back in. You just need a couple yards of material to really add a new look and feel to your space.

the two chairs together web
So the moral to this story is that your chairs don’t have to match your tables, they don’t have to be all the same – having an eclectic mix adds depth and layers of texture and a fun story to your space.

another view of the pendants web

Remember a key to the success of any room from a design perspective is a piece or pieces that tell a story – my chairs sure do tell some great stories in my book!


You’ve Got Mail……….

you got mail movie image

My Hubby and I love to watch movies – he has an insane recall for movie lines and actors’ names.  I one day hope all this great knowledge will somehow bring us some type of income on Jeopardy or something….anyway…we are both a fan of Nora Ephron movies….do you remember the cute movie with Tom […]

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How to Pick the Right Pendant for your Kitchen

Example of pendant light

Last week I was so excited to share with you our new Pendants in our kitchen, I forgot to walk you through all the choices out there and how I narrowed down my decision. It can be overwhelming. I think when you are picking out light fixtures in your home you need to consider where […]

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Canned Lighting to Pendant Lighting in an Instant

view of the eating area kitchen web

Our kitchen is now “en Vogue” – I finally have pendant lighting in our kitchen even though I did not have to hire an electrician! Do you want to learn how? When the Hubby and I built both of our houses we avoided pendant lighting like the plague over our kitchen table and island. In […]

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The Color Gray is on the Move….

rugs in the kichen web

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I really don’t have much gray in my house. Love the color – but really have not used it in a decorating sense. Well that has sure changed. So it all started around Christmas when my sister gave the Hubby and I each a runner for our […]

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Artwork in the Bath – To Bee or Not to Bee


Do you like the play on words?  I haven’t written a blog in a while so I am feeling a little sassy.  Last week before we left for Mt Snow I was struggling to find the right artwork for the bathroom.   The last picture you saw of the powder room I bought this cute […]

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DIY Project – Great gift for a Friend….

Picture frame before brown

If you are looking for a fun gift to make for someone special in your life here is an idea, how about a frame with a letter in it. In looking at Pinterest this summer I saw a lot of people have framed letters on their walls. I thought that this idea was pretty cool […]

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Winter Break

the mt snow resort

Hey Guys!! Hope you are having a good week. You may be wondering where I have been this last week. Well, mid last week my silly cold returned with a vengeance which put me out for a good day or two and then we left for Winter break. We spent a wonderful time in this […]

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The Powder Room got a little Ugly

Flat Modeling

When I started this blog one of my goals was to push myself to move out of my comfort zone and learn about working with power tools, new decorating concepts and to become a better DIYer….and share with you the good, bad and the ugly. I think there is pressure as a new blogger to […]

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