A Chic New Look With Country Chic Paint!

I thrifted this sad little table almost a year ago; you might remember this shot I shared back then of my rescue piece. The lamp, however, was SO left behind!

Leather Topped End Table 'Before'

Overall the table was in pretty rough shape, other than the leather top. When my daughter Kaleigh saw it she wanted to make it hers – after a DIY of course! πŸ˜‰ She wanted it black, I wasn’t so sure, and she insisted the vintage knobs needed to go. Huh?

I found replacement vintage knobs at General SalvageΒ early in the game.

Replacement Knobs

That’s basically where the DIY was left.

Fast forward to Country Chic Paint, a new quality chalk paint local to Duncan, and suddenly this table was front of mind!

Country Chic Paint (1)

With the leather top to consider, I wasn’t too keen on extra sanding and priming, and with this paint I could leave out both! Country Chic Paint requires little to no prep, has no VOCs, is near odorless and dries quickly. Bonus!!Β I think you know where I’m going with this.

One can of Liquorice coloured Country Chic PaintΒ for the makeover!

Country Chic 'Liquorice' Chalk Paint

Before I could begin I had to do a little prep. Some gluing and repairs were needed where one spindle had broken away from the table base.

Leather Top End Table Repairs

And because the table was in such tough shape I actually did do some pre-sanding to smooth the rough patches and edges a little.

Leather Top End Table - Sanding Prep

The table also had a glossy finish on it, Β so a light sanding helps the paint stick. Priming is actually recommended for certain surfaces like mahogany, but I opted out of the priming because of the darker colour it was being painted. I wasn’t worried about bleed through from resins in the wood, but I’ve had that misfortune in the past. More on that here!

I also protected the leather top by covering it with paper and taping it off. I made sure the paper went over the gold leaf tooling because I was worried the tape might pull the gold off.

Leather Top End Table - Tabletop Prep 2

The last thing I did was raise the table on pushpins. This is a great trick for painting right to the bottom of the legs!


I used a synthetic bristle paintbrush, and ended up cutting the handle off because it kept getting in the way of painting the lower shelf!

Leather Top Table Makeover - Synthetic Paint Brush

The paint was a dream to work with. It went on easily, dried quickly and no lumps were left behind. The best part… no sanding needed between coats!

Leather Top End Table - 1st & 2nd Coats Paint

I actually liked the look after the first coat – some of the original brown was peeking through, but Kaleigh wasn’t game. She also didn’t want me to do any distressing – one of the very things chalk paint is so awesome for! After the second coat I let the paint dry overnight, and then applied the finishing wax. All the waxes are made up of bees wax and other natural oils. No solvents!

I applied natural coloured wax first as a protective layer, and here you can see the waxy shine next to the unwaxed chalky surface.

Leather Top Table - Wax Coats

I used the antiquing wax for a second round because I wanted to tone down the black of the liquorice. The antiquing wax did the trick adding just the hint of brown I was hoping for. If you compare the bottom table image to the one above it you can see the difference.

One of the reasons for this tutorial is to demonstrate that chalk paint is versatile. It is commonly used for antiquing, distressing and giving pieces an aged look, but as you can see it is also great for a shiny finished look!

Here’s a look at the stages.


Leather Top Table Makeover - Before

Chalk Paint applied, but no wax:

Leather Top Table Makeover - In Progress - Chalk Paint Only

Antiquing wax applied and leather top treated with leather conditioner.

Leather Top Table - After 011

Notice how the liquorice colour pulls out the black tooling detail in the border and makes it pop?

Here’s a closer look…

Leather Top Table - After 076

In the lower left corner you can also see the brownish hue of the antiquing wax along the beveled edge of the table.

What do you think? Are you ready for a brandy??

Leather Top Table - After 074

Thank you Country Chic Paint for introducing me to your product!

And thank YOU for stopping by!

Signature 100x47 b&w

Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use! πŸ™‚


28 Replies to “A Chic New Look With Country Chic Paint!”

    1. Thank you Heather! I love what you did with your project, too, and I agree – this paint is so smooth to work with. Minimal brush strokes once dried, and my favorite part is no sanding between coats! General Salvage is such a great place to spend some time – I just need to get down there more often!!

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment… especially while you’re on vacation! It was so awesome to see your name pop up πŸ™‚ I have to give Kaleigh credit for the vision, for sure!!

    1. It’s crazy the difference paint makes – to see the table in it’s lost little state at the thrift store, who would ever have thought? That’s my favorite part about DIYing – the possibilities are endless!!

    1. I think it’s all about timing. I’ve been searching for a small sofa table now for ages to DIY into a herb table, and so far no luck. Maybe the key is to take a chance without a purpose when these pieces pop up, but I know that can be dangerous, too! πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you Shauna! I took a walk through Pinterest to see what others did with leather topped tables, and I was surprised at how many covered them up! I love the old world charm feeling of it – not a house full, but this much is okay! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Sandra, and thanks for stopping by! I know – the clamps had a bit to be desired, and my fingers were crossed they would be weighty enough to work – so far so good! I’m so curious about your collection of sinks – that sounds like intrigue in the making!! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Laurie! This paint is brand new on the market, and it’s from right here where I live. I’m not sure where the company is distributing – it looks like they are sourcing boutique outlets to carry their product line (want to open a boutique?) πŸ˜‰ They take online orders and shipping is free for $125 or more… Hopefully that helps!

    1. Thank you so much Sandra – I’m really happy with the way it turned out, but especially because my daughter likes it too! That’s always the pivotal moment in the reveal πŸ˜‰

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