shabby beachy chic side table :: Annie Sloan style

this piece was such a lame late 90s piece that i don’t even remember where i got it or why.

country side table top before photo

every time i walked past it, it begged to be repainted.

i do my best work late night….so i dragged her downstairs, camera in tow, and into the garage.  it’s march and it was in the mid 80s today.  then i drove just a few miles north and was socked in with dense fog and 59 degrees.  brrrr….so cal weather is tricky!

country side table top before photo

country side table before photo

the good news is that at night, our little town, which is just 4-5 miles from the ocean, gets a great cool breeze. so i popped the garage door open and got to work!

annie sloan chalk paint pure white and dark wax

here she is after a single coat of Annie Sloan Pure White.

country side table before distressing

country side table top before distressing

then i took a kids’ toothbrush to it while it was still a bit damp.  sorry University of Michigan toothbrush…but once you’ve been dropped in the toilet, you’re mine for painting!  🙂

using a toothbrush to distress slightly wet paint

country side table close up

i want some of the dark wood to pop through…and i’m trying to achieve a more chippy paint look with this mini table.

country side table drawer

mommy likes…

country side table top before wax

country side table top before wax

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as i went in to wash the brushes, i saw these on the counter…hubby’s team came in 3rd in yesterday’s Toshiba Classic Pro-Am!  then i found a great new piece of luggage, too.  pretty nifty prizes!

toshiba classic plaque and tequila

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then i waxed with clear all over and really buffed it in.  i didn’t want the dark wax to pick up too much…

aerial view of shabby chic side table

and i thought i’d place it with my favorite shabby chic french door, one of my very first craigslist projects!shabby chic table view from above

then i lightly brushed on some dark wax and buffed it out quickly.  i focused more on the crevices and edges.shabby chic side table refinished with Annie Sloan

then i added the glass float my dad picked up on the beach in Taiwan in the 60s.  yes, a real glass float.beachy chic side table painted with Annie Sloan pure white

the whole look is so beachy.  i couldn’t be happier.beachy shabby chic side table with green glass float

and the toothbrush did the trick.  i didn’t even sand this piece at all!  look at that corner…super layered and rustic looking.  close up detail of shabby chic side table painted with Annie Sloan pure white

i had this old knob in my spare parts box.  not sure where i got it, but i think it works pretty well….except for the fact that i stripped the screw when trying to install the knob.  metal shards flying all over.  nice work, meesh.  nice work.

close up detail of shabby chic side table painted with Annie Sloan pure white

shabby chic table knob detail

of course i can’t leave this table decorated like this until the boys are a bit older.

beachy chic side table painted with Annie Sloan pure white


beachy chic side table with sea shells, glass float, and coral


white beachy chic side table painted with Annie Sloan pure white

let’s just say that one of these boys tossed my camera off the bed while i was in the other room.  guess who?



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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. sharon says

    I love that whole rustic look /beach decor ,and I want to try it in my next project, where do you get that annie sloan paint from? good job!

    • imeeshu says

      Peinture in the SOCO Center in Costa Mesa is a great Annie Sloan stockist. Debbie is the owner and is amazing. If you’re not in the OC, you can find stockists in your area at Good luck!

  2. Debbie Borthwick says

    lol too cute…but is it the obvious one? Or the smiling cherub?
    Absolutely love the table and the doors! 🙂