Bright Orange Chalk Paint Table Makeover

Wow! Did I ever get comments and emails after writing my newspaper column about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, as well as the blog popular DIY recipe of chalk paint! The first email asked for a clarification of the ratios of latex paint to plaster of Paris. The correct ratio is 2/3 parts latex paint to 1/3 part plaster of Paris. Done! Secondly, the US rep for Annie Sloan called me to chat up the column. Well, really she was probably trying to convey the message that the paint is, in fact, still available online. At the time I wrote the column, the Annie Sloan website stated that online paint sales had been suspended, but that was quickly remedied.
Phew! I’m good now, right?

So, what do you think about the orangey orange table? I love it! In fact, the entire back hallway looks like someone else’s house. For the final Makeover photos, The Indianapolis Star offered their own photographer to come to my house for final photos. You know, tight quarters need a very expensive wide angle lens and a a really good photographer. (When I saw the collection of his camera lenses, I was put to shame. Really, what was I thinking when I bought a big old macro lens? Bug photography?)

Anyway, the painted table part of the back hall makeover got me invited to an Annie Sloan painting workshop at a new shop not far from here called Restyled Furniture. They are a stockist for the Annie Sloan line, so I’ll give it a go. I readily admit that painting furniture isn’t my specialty, so some new techniques I can share with my classes will be happily accepted.

This is what I started with. Ugh. I remember doing that little paint job years ago on this table.

I mixed a little Old White in with the Barcelona Orange.

And after two coats, it was ready for wax. From what I understood from the rep, I probably did not rub and buff as Annie Sloan recommends. Another good reason to go to a workshop, don’t you think?

You can see the entire tutorial and more photos at

As for the bright colors, you know how I love them, but their collection of soft French looking whites, blues, greens, etc. are equally as lovely. Check out a stockist near you.

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2 Responses to Bright Orange Chalk Paint Table Makeover

  1. deb says:

    Shelly, That turned out great! I love it!

  2. Ginger says:

    I’ve been contemplating using chalk paint on a console we have… maybe once we are settled in Boston! 🙂
    Your orange table turned out fabulous! I love it!