Grain Sack Side Table (Chalk Paint & General Finishes Milk Paint)
I’ve been trying to venture out a bit lately. If you read my blog …at all….you know I LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
But I do love to use more than just that.
I know, it doesn’t seem like it, but I do. I still even use latex on occasion. ;)
Today I’m sharing this…..
Turned into this….
..tiny little grain sack table.
And I painted it with this …. General Finishes Halcyon Blue Milk Paint….
….and Chalk Paint. This “milk” paint is not your typical milk paint however.
It sort of reminds me of a mix of Chalk and latex paint.
I wanted to try it out on a small piece of (inexpensive) furniture first and this was the perfect piece.
I picked it up for a few dollars last summer at a garage sale.
It certainly has come in handy since then! I’ve used it as a “table” to paint things on.
As you can see by the paint marks. ;)
I decided to use Chalk Paint in Old White (mixed with Pure White) on the 2 flat areas so I could create the grain sack stripes with the Halcyon Blue.
So how did the General Finishes Milk Paint apply?
Like a dream.
Really, just fabulous and coverage was amazing.
One coat. That’s it!
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I measured for my lines….
I hate measuring…and I hate math. BUT I wanted straight lines. ;)
Taped it off to paint. Easy!
I repeated the process for the other 2 stripes.
Done and before distressing. This table most definitely needed some of that.
It was a little too “clean” looking.
Distressed (much better!) and I decided to give the Halcyon Blue a dry brush with the white instead of sanding/distressing.
Here are a few close ups of the white dry brushing over that pretty blue….
And some close ups of the top….
Before and after :
I sealed this table with Howard’s Citrus Shield Paste Wax. The verdict is still out on that.
I’ll talk more about that later and let y’all know. ;)
So there ya have it! A little painting fun with some new paint. Not too exciting of a piece but still better than before.
That’s my lantern, by the way, that used to be black! (you can see that project here)
Kind of fun and nautical. I think I’ll be using this one on my back screened porch.
Have you guys tried either of these products before? What do you think?
I will be painting another, totally different, piece with the General Finishes Milk Paint soon.
I also bought the “Lamp Black“, which is a nice, true black shade. I’ll be posting to let you all know what I think once I do!
So far it’s a win. :)
Be sure to check back in when I share this little vanity chair update!
UPDATE!!! See it now, here!!
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Very nice! Love the blue!
Thanks!! I can’t wait to try it out again! :)
Hope you have a great weekend!!
Love it! I’ve used General Finishes stain and poly…the stain color was a bust, but the product itself was great. Their poly is fantastic too! I’ve never tried their paint before. I’ll have to give it a shot. :)
OH good to know! I’ve never tried their poly but am gonna give it a try too then!
Have a super weekend!! :)
Ooh I love that you stepped out and tried something new. Always fun to try a different product. And I have to say your garage sale find is fabulous now. That is one happy Halcyon Blue. She’s a keeper.
Have a great weekend Nancy!
Thanks Therese! I do get in a rut every now and then!! ;)
Loved everything but the distressing.I don’t paint something and then make it look old and worn out. Just my input. But I do love that little table!
Thanks so much!:) And that’s okay, not everyone is a fan of that and I totally understand that! I appreciate all input and know that we all have different tastes…which makes life much more interesting I think! ;)
Have a great weekend!!
Love the blue color!! It turned out great!!
Thanks Crystal!! Me too! That blue is the perfect “beachy” casual shade. :)
Looking forward to trying out the black I got next!
Love your table makeover. Thanks for the tips. I’m starting to branch out to larger furniture makeovers, slowly but surely. I love seeing a plain piece transform before my eyes.
Thanks Doreen! Oh me too!! I LOVE the transformation! :)
Have a great weekend!
You KNOW I love this little table! So so pretty!! I’m going to have to find that paint too, love the coverage!
Oh the coverage was fabulous…with this color anyway! I was very impressed. I can’t wait to try the black (and I may go get some more colors) to see how it does!
Happy weekend to you!!
I love these colors, Nancy! I haven’t tried this product but I’m always up for trying new paints!
Thanks Sonya! :) Me too! And seems like more so lately (trying new stuff).
Have a great weekend friend!
Can you post a link to where you purchased? I have a small table like that I would love to try it on. thanks much!
I actually purchased it at a local store here. If you look them up you should be able to see if there are any retailers near you! :)
This is adorable! I think it would lovely on your porch. :D
I do not know General Finishes made milk paint. I have used their stain and LOVE it. I used their stain to refinish the kitchen at my last house. It was easy to easy and provided excellent coverage.
Thanks so much. :) Yes, they do and so far I love it (although, it is not what I would think of when I think of typical “milk paint”)
cutie patootie love the little gem i have been crushing over painted grain sack lines,this is just perfect,except the wax made it look a little yellow xx
Thanks Chris! :)
I am loving the grain sack lines too…this is my first go at it! I think the “yellow” is just my lack of photography and editing skills. ;) It did darken it a bit but doesn’t look as yellow in person. (photography 101 …it’s on my ‘long’ list of things to do this year! lol)
oh so sorry xx
No need to be sorry at all! ;) Well, yes, sorry that my photog skills are bad! But I’m working on that (well, one day I will be anyway! ;) ) I love honest feedback, truly!!! I put it out there…I want it all, good and bad and iffy too! (well, be gentle on the bad! ;) lol)
Hope you have a great weekend!!
…and I am second guessing my own eyes! I looked at the photos again..and it does look yellow after compared to the white wall in the background. SO, I went and took a look at the table. White! ;) I think it must be some weird reaction with the camera (and the finish on the table(wax) compared to the finish of the painted wall) I have no idea. Or maybe something I did when I edited it. Some of my other “after” photos, the close ups, are much more accurate, color-wise. Haha…so your eyes are not deceiving you Chris!
whew glad to hear that so many parts i have don’t work so well lol glad my eyes are ok xx
LOL !! I was downstairs painting and got this notification. Had to come up to my office and respond right now. Love it! And I so love and appreciate a good sense of humor! Life is about having fun, right?!
Happy Friday friend! :)
I love it! I’ve been wanting to try that brand paint! You’ll find that grain sack stripes are addictive!!! LOL! Christy
Thanks Christy! :) I think I did find that out!! I love them and want to stripe something else now! lol
I LOVE that! I have a few grain sack pillows with the same blue stripe and foot stools with the red stripes so you’ve definitely given me some new ideas. Thanks for sharing and great job!!!
The grain sack stripes are fun! :)
Wonderful transformation! Looks just great! Can you tell me if the General Finishes can be applied without any surface preparation, as in sanding or priming. I know ASCP goes on great without any prep. but is GF milk paint to be considered a prime-free application? Thanks again, Nancy, for a wonderful and inspiring tutorial!
Thanks so much Carol! :) Well, that I cannot tell you. I didn’t do any prep to this little table but it didn’t have much of a finish on it. (not shiny, slick) It was more similar to a stained but unpolyed piece. I will tell you that paint is ON there though. I couldn’t scratch it off if I tried so that is somewhat telling. That is one of the reasons I plan to do another piece to get a better feel for it. But so far so good! :)
Love it Nancy and adding the white wash and distressing is perfect. You certainly turned this plain Jane table to fabulous!
Thank you Marie :)
Thanks Paula! :)
Cute cute cute! Love me some grain sack stripes! And I love the beachy colors. :) XO
Thanks Christy!! :)
Love, love, love it, Nancy! It’s really so cute! I’ve been wanting to try their Milk Paint. xo, K
Thank you Karen!! :) Oh you should try it! I like it a lot so far. How are those chairs coming? ;)
We have a very similar little table out in shed. It’s got an oak finish on it now (was done in the 80’s, table from swap meet for $10/San Diego). Thought I’d give it a quick sanding and use chalk paint. I make my own, can’t afford the other stuff. Want to try to do a grain sack stripe job.
I found your blog thru a Pinterest pin about transfer tips. I need all the help I can get since I don’t have one of those slick machines to make my letters for me, doggone it. I have subscribed since finding more incredible posts on your blog. What fun and inspiration you’ve already provided, awesome stuff. Just need to find the tips for transferring from a milk bottle. Happy week
Oh, there are many ways to transfer! Lots of simple ones too even without a projector or Silhouette/Cricut. Although the projector makes the big jobs much easier! ;) I picked mine up on Craigslist for about $35-40. Not much at all! :) I only recently got a Silhouette machine so haven’t dove into that much yet!
Thanks so much for the nice comment!!
I was like, “What? You’re gonna do what? I cannot believe how beautiful it turned out! I painted my sewing room turquoise and I love it how always seems to be fresh and clean, but I never would have thought about gold accents. Now I might have to make some changes.
In short. I am impressed. Gorgeous!
Yes, the gold is really the star of the show! It adds that glint of beauty. So glad you like it, Marietta!! Thank you! xoxo