garage sale Pottery Barn chess table turned antique

look at this very cool chess table.  i found it on eBay.  swoon….i imagine some really old dudes in a Provence lavender field  playing on this board while sipping on bourbon.

vintage, old chess table

now, look at this little ditty i picked up at a garage sale for $5.

an innocent-looking Pottery Barn chess table circa 2000.  underneath is also a backgammon board.

here she is in all her before glory.  as you can see, i nearly forgot to snap the before pic.  you can see that i started to dry brush some French Linen on it!

Pottery Barn chess table before

so let’s talk about the French Linen Annie Sloan paint that i used.  there i was sitting at my desk…la la la.  when suddenly a package arrived from Shaunna at

i opened it, and to my surprise, i found a quart of Annie Sloan French Linen, a paint brush, and her card that said ‘Congrats.’

now, the normal person would say “hey, wow!  i won that contest!  cool!”

but this insane momma couldn’t recall how she’d won anything as she’d been too nuts to even blog for several weeks.  i must have given her my address, right?  surely i’d remember this monumental moment.  but alas…..this mommy brain is soggy.

BUT, i’m going with it and am sending my deep gratitude.  Shaunna’s blog is the first one that i every started reading and she’s an inspiration to me!

i’ve been meaning to try French Linen and am so happy that it appeared in the mail!

SURPRISE!  so, back to the original story…

i tried re-gluing the veneer on this sad lassie, but knew that the boys would end up peeling it off anyway.  so i ripped it off.  be gone!

Pottery Barn chess table side view before paint

this next few views is after i’d done the following:  dry brush French Linen, Paris Gray, dark walnut minwax.

chess table pre final Annie Sloan dark wax


in between each paint layer, i rubbed it in with a soft cloth in all directions and with a very coarse paint brush.  i was trying to achieve a very old looking wood.

chess table pre final Annie Sloan dark wax

i took a foam brush dipped in the minwax and painted in the chess squares.  i wanted it to look rustic so didn’t tape it off.  believe me, i tried, then got all worked up in physics and calculus that i had to stop.

you can see the rich layers that each of the colors adds to the piece.

finished Annie Sloan chess table

that French Linen is gorgeous.  it’s a blend of gray and beige.  very cottage-y.  is that a word?

chess table leg close up during paint distressing

but i wasn’t done yet b/c i could still see some of the maple brown coming through…

Annie Sloan distressed chess table pre-final dark wax

so then i applied Annie Sloan dark wax very heavily.  got it into the nooks and crannies very well and rubbed.

finished Annie Sloan chess table side view

and it became warm, layered and delicious.

Annie Sloan distressed chess table pre-final dark wax

then a final coat of clear wax just to seal everything in nicely.

Annie Sloan painted chess table

the top still needs some work, but it’s getting there!  now, to teach the boys how to play chess…step 1: learn how to play chess.

Annie Sloan painted chess table top

have a great week!

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Meesh has a passion for people, creative projects, and technology. She enjoys painting furniture back to life, gardening, playing with her kids, and connecting people.


  1. Donna says

    This turned out beautiful! I’ve enjoyed looking through your blog. Check out Sunshine PenPals and join the fun, we’d love to have you!

  2. Jamie @ Huckleberry Love says

    This is very nice. I love Annie Sloan paint, just did a desk in the Provence actually. It really is amazing stuff. 🙂 I would love for you to come and link this up to our weekly party,

    Hope to see you there,

    • imeeshu says

      Thanks for reading. I absolutely love ASCP. May as well be an unofficial ambassador. 🙂

  3. Nate says

    Very cool! This might be a stupid question, but what is dry brushing? “Googling” the term doesn’t return very helpful results.

    • imeeshu says

      Dry brushing means dipping your paint brush into the paint just a tad…just enough to get paint on the tips of the bristles. When you brush on, just a few tiny strokes of paint get on your surface, causing a more layered effect with a different color. What I sometimes do is dip the brush in the paint, then wipe the brush either against the side of the can, or on a paper plate to remove the excess paint.
      Thanks for reading, and good luck!!

  4. Patti-Ann says

    amazing how the dark wax transformed the piece. good job and thanks for sharing 🙂

    • imeeshu says

      The dark wax has its mysterious way like that!! Thanks for reading.


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