before + after: queen anne-style end tables

My wonderful client scored these two Queen Anne-style end tables at a garage sale a few years ago, and since they are going in the master bedroom of this gorgeous home, it was time to give them a much-needed facelift.

We picked this beauty to hang over the bed and the client requested that the end tables have the same chalky, antiqued finish:

After sanding and filling in chips with wood putty, I painted the tables Sherwin Williams Tony Taupe, which is actually two and a half shades darker than what the wall color will be.  I whitewashed both tables in Sherwin Williams Aesthetic White and then drybrushed the same color overtop.  I really sweated this one out because the chandelier is still on backorder, so, I taped a computer printout to the wall as a guide.  I think they turned out pretty well:

The drybrushing not only highlighted all the curves of each table, but it also created that chalky finish that mimics that of the chandelier:

Stay tuned for pictures of the whole room!


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  1. lnda@Lime in the coconut on May 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Loverly! It will all look gorgeous together!

  2. Kelly Stivers on May 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Thank you, Linda! I can't wait to post pics once everything is done 🙂

  3. cloon on May 4, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Beautiful work, and inspiring too! If I may… Where is that chandelier from?!

  4. Kelly Stivers on May 4, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you! The chandelier is from Quorum…their Salento line. 🙂

  5. sherry hart on May 8, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    They sure do look nice and chalky! I love they look and perfect with the chandelier too!

  6. Alyson on October 21, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    This is absolutely beautiful! Did you put a sealant of any kind on top? I want to do this to my dining room set and I am unsure of how it will hold up with daily use. Thanks in advance!!!

  7. Kelly Stivers on October 21, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Hi Alyson! I didn't have to seal this one because it was going in a bedroom but I would definitely do four or five coats of wipe on poly in a satin finish (so it's not shiny). I use the blue auto paper towels (you can find them in the paint section of Home Depot and Lowe's) and wipe on light coats, letting each coat dry completely before doing the next. Best of luck!

  8. Alyson on October 29, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Ok, thanks for the info! One more question….when you mentioned you dry brushed with the same color, did you mean the Tony Taupe or the Aesthetic White?

    Thanks again!

  9. Kelly Stivers on October 29, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Alyson – the tony taupe is the darker color; I drybrushed with the aesthetic white!

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