I have been planning on painting the legs of my dining table ever since we moved to our new house (ah.. hum) 8 years ago. Our previous house was a country cape in the suburbs and now we actually live in the country but in a much more contemporary style home. Well this past weekend after yet another snow storm kept me house bound, I decided …today is the day for a mini dining room make over. Luckily I happened to have a can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the basement. I had originally planned on painting the legs black but Graphite is a dark charcoal and that is the color I had on hand.

Here is a before of the table with the country white washed legs. FYI.. In case you are wondering, I wasn’t going for a “puddled look” with the drapes…I  think I had just hung them and they weren’t hemmed yet. Also, there is no rug because at that point we were having “elder dog issues”.

dining room before

dining room before

As always, the reason why I like using the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is because I just open the can and start painting…no prep what so ever.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Graphite

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Graphite

It took less that 30 minutes to apply the first coat, and then another 30 minutes for the second. A project that I have been thinking about for 8 years done in an hour.

Here is the After. I am so happy with how it turned out (still no rug because now we have puppy chewing issues).

dining table after

dining table after

I also reupholstered the seat cushions of the chairs with a beautiful wool fabric in a diamond pattern from Alessandra Branca.  That actually took longer than the painting but was totally worth the work as I think it looks much better.

reupholster seat cushions

Alessandra Branca for Schumacher Sofia Diamond

Now, this is where I would love your opinion. I fell in love with another print from Alessandra Branca but it is a bit too pricey to use for new window panels ($140+ /yard). I want to use it though to tie everything together. Here is the print.

Alessandra Branca

Alessandra Branca Elizabeth from Schumacher

There are two (more affordable) ways I can use the fabric. The first is to have faux roman shades made to hang between the current drapes. Here it is hanging up to give you an idea of what I mean.


The second way I can use the fabric is to buy a couple yards and make a table cloth. Here is a what it might look like with a place setting.


Soooo…. please help me make a decision…roman shades or a table cloth?  Which do you like better?

If you would like help with a mini makeover in your own home, give me a call!

Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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