B O R I N G!
Boring, dark, but oh so useful piece! We had received this sideboard as a wedding present and have used it in every apartment and dining room in which we have ever lived. It holds linens, silver, flatware, paper napkins…. you name it, it has been invaluable.
But oh so out of date or boring!

Time to refresh.
And Annie Sloan paints were the perfect choice. I had bought one color, “Provence”, on my first trip out to Mebane and my dealer, The Melville Trading Company.
No, the color just was not right. This piece resides in my husband’s study: dark reds, Oriental rug, lots of books etc. and Provence was too…. what? … clean, is the best word.


Off I went, once again, with my friend Sally (this was her first, much-anticipated visit to a visual, design-lover’s mecca!).
This is the color I had decided to buy: French Linen
and a few ideas from Pinterest:



This paint is a pleasure to use!! Really… no prep work AT ALL. Just paint.
I knew I wanted the dark “mahogany” to show through the finished product, so I painted two coats and then was going to sand.

At first, it looked SO streaky. Yikes. Nothing to do but paint on…
The four drawers had these annoying fake key holes. We debated whether to pry them out, fill and sand. No, too much work! And, you know, I think they look sort of retro in the redone piece!
Here you can see the difference between one coat and the beginning of the second
Here are the products I used. After painting two coats (drying time of about an hour), I then sanded down the edges to let the original stain show through, then put on the clear wax. At first I used a big, soft brush for the wax, but soon found it was easier, and more efficient, to use a cloth. Wipe on, that’s it. Then in about an hour, buff.
And, ta da, here it is.
It’s a pretty basic piece: no raised woodwork, no fancy edging, really nowhere to add another color or dimension. Now, I would have added some dark wax along the drawer sides, or have sanded off more of the paint around the hardware… but this is just what my husband wanted!
Just one small issue here… I would have chosen different hardware! (I really like that in the second image from Pinterest, above), but it was my husband’s choice, after all.
Am I happy? Or, more importantly, is my husband happy with it?
He loves it. He can’t believe we waited this long (as in maybe fifteen years?) to do this makeover.
Better late than never, right????


  1. What a difference! Enjoy!

  2. You'd never know that its the same piece of furniture. It turned out great! I just used ASCP to paint the vanity in my bathroom. Not quite satisfied with the color that I chose though, so I guess I'll be tweaking it somehow.

  3. What? No sanding or priming needed?
    I love how easy the chalk paint goes on. This piece looks entirely different in its new state! Definitely borrowing this color and look for an old coffee table we got in at the shop!!

  4. What a great transformation! I have not ever used the Chalk paint, but think I will look for it before my next painting job. Love the distressed look you gave the piece.

  5. It turned out so N~I~C~E! You did a wonderful job! I love ASCP and have the French linen color too. I think I mentioned in another post that I wanted to paint a side table in that color. Now, I just have to find the energy to do it! 🙂

    You can even paint metal and glass with her paint too. It's really amazing.

  6. What a great job and love the color you chose. Have a similar piece and now I'm inspired to do the same!!

  7. Libby,

    Your side board turned out great! I just purchased graphite to paint some frames and really like the way they turned out. French Linen is such a pretty color. The clear wax is a must!


  8. I have become an Annie Sloan paint nut this winter! It is my favorite activity, "banishing too much brown" in the house. Have not painted in French Linen yet though, nice job!

  9. Love the distressing!