Gray Whitewashed Dining Set Makeover

I have been so blessed to inherit furniture from family, and my great grandmother’s dining set is one of my favorites…

Beautiful whitewashed gray dining set! Easy chalk paint makeover via maisondepax.com

But I confess that I was not a big fan of the colors she chose…

Beautiful whitewashed gray dining set! Easy chalk paint makeover via maisondepax.com

The cream was too warm for my taste, and the green wasn’t really me either. Plus, the finish had seen better days.

Beautiful whitewashed gray dining set! Easy chalk paint makeover via maisondepax.com

So when Annie Sloan Unfolded asked if I wanted to try their products, I decided it was time to paint this set.  And I’m so glad I did.  Oh, and can you guess what color I chose?  Why gray, of course. 😉

Beautiful whitewashed gray dining set! Easy chalk paint makeover via maisondepax.com

To create this look, I used Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan in the colors Paris Grey and Old WhiteClear Soft Wax, and Dark Soft Wax.  I began with a coat of Paris Grey over the entire thing.  The Annie Sloan Pure Bristle Brush was perfect for getting into the grooves of this piece.

Beautiful whitewashed gray dining set! Easy chalk paint makeover via maisondepax.com

I then applied a coat of clear wax over the entire piece.  Next, I used the Annie Sloan Flat Brush to “whitewash” Old White over the Paris Grey.  To create a wash, I dipped my brush in water first and then in the paint and painted the piece sections at a time.  Immediately after painting, I took an old rag and dragged it across the Old White, creating a layered look.

Beautiful whitewashed gray dining set! Easy chalk paint makeover via maisondepax.com

Once happy with the look (you can rub it off in places with a wet rag if you get the white paint too heavy), I used the Annie Sloan Wax Brush to apply another coat of clear wax and then to accent the carvings with dark wax.

Beautiful whitewashed gray dining set! Easy chalk paint makeover via maisondepax.com

I also used dark wax along the edges and in the corners to give dimension to the door and drawer fronts.

Beautiful whitewashed gray dining set! Easy chalk paint makeover via maisondepax.com

I did not apply the Old White to the inside of the cabinet; I wanted a simpler backdrop for my dishes.

Beautiful whitewashed gray dining set! Easy chalk paint makeover via maisondepax.com

Although the piece didn’t end up with a smooth factory finish, it’s ok because I wanted an aged, layered, textured look.

Beautiful whitewashed gray dining set! Easy chalk paint makeover via maisondepax.com

And since I’m obsessed with gray (you can seem more of my gray projects here if you’re interested), this was the perfect makeover for me.

Beautiful whitewashed gray dining set! Easy chalk paint makeover via maisondepax.com

I’ve already had fun decorating it for Thanksgiving…

Beautiful whitewashed gray dining set! Easy chalk paint makeover via maisondepax.com

And for Christmas…

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And I look forward to using it for years to come.

Beautiful whitewashed gray dining set! Easy chalk paint makeover via maisondepax.com

So what do you think?  Did I ruin my family heirloom or manage to bring it gracefully into the 21st century?

Beautiful whitewashed gray dining set! Easy chalk paint makeover via maisondepax.com

Disclosure: I was given product by Annie Sloan Unfolded, but as always, opinions and obsessions with gray are 100% my own.  To find your local Chalk Paint® Stockist, you can use their Stockist Locator

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Comments

  1. Beautiful job! Looks much more your style now :)

  2. Rachel how lovely, the color is perfect.

  3. Oh my…. it’s BEAUTIFUL!!! I’m envious. Have a vanity I want to paint and am hesitating. Can’t figure out the right paint color to use. But you did a fantastic job!!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Mary! I debated about colors on this thing for YEARS… I know how hard that is. But I’m so glad I did it, and I hope you enjoy yours when the time comes, too!

  4. Rachel, what a difference! you did a wonderful job, it looks incredible.

  5. Julie Aarsvold says:

    WOW! what a beautiful job Rachel. you are so talented. i am thinking about painting a small table i have had for a couple of years now. you have inspired me! keep up the awesome posts, i enjoy all of your projects.

    Julie

  6. Just beautiful Rachel…great piece to work with and you transformed it to such a exquisite piece…one to treasure for many years to come!

  7. I love the way it turned out. I think you did a great job and how nice to have a piece that will always be a reminder of your grandmother.
    Karen

  8. Another Annie Sloan knock-out! I love the color and finish you chose. Paris Grey is one of my favorites too. It’s absolutely gorgeous, Rachel!

  9. That looks beautiful. I have to paint an old family headboard for my oldest daughter. Gray is my color of choice. I love it with the white. I will be using this wonderful tutorial. Perfect timing…..thanks

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      I’m so glad it was helpful, Holly! And what fun to use an old family piece for your daughter. I would love to see how it turns out! :)

  10. LOOKS GREAT!! I Love it!

  11. Rach,
    What a fabulous paint job! I know you struggled with wanting to paint this piece & love seeing the finished product. It’s SO you. LOVE the depth you gave the drawers. Personally, I think your grandmother would be delighted you took something that was hers and instead of getting rid of it, re-made it into something that was yours. Enjoy my friend. WELL DONE.

  12. Family heirloom is definitely not ruined! Beautiful transformation–you’ll love it for years and years to come!

  13. Hi, I love your piece, it’s beautiful. I am debating what colour to paint my side board, it is a similar size to the bottom part of your unit. The colour old white seems quite cream on the colour chart, but it seems quite white on your piece, is it more white than cream or is it the lighting when you took the photo ? Do you think French Linen would be good under the old white as well, I wanted a white look , but slightly beige .

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Jane! I think it may be a combination of the two things: against my greige walls and very ivory/cream trim, the Old White probably looks cooler than it would against a white background on a color chart. However, the Paris Gray is a very cool (almost blue) gray, so the two balanced out to a more neutral color. I actually debated about using French Linen as the bottom coat, and I’m sure it would be lovely. It will come out even darker and warmer, though, than the Paris Gray did. That might make the Old White seem even more cream? I’m just guessing here, but I hope this helps!

  14. Love the trunk. Now I have to figure out what color to paint over the one I painted red in a moment of not thinking.

  15. Beautiful job!! What color is on your walls, if I may ask?

  16. This piece came out lovely! I love the finishes you chose along with the hardware and the dark wax. I am so glad I stumbled across this post (and your blog!) Does the clear wax provide a durable finish? Does it need to be reapplied every so often, like furniture oil/polish, or is it a one-time deal? Also, how does it hold up to cleaning? Would you suggest using the wax on pieces that won’t get a lot of wiping (tables, kitchen cabinets, etc.)? Thanks in advance for your expert tips!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Lindsey! Wax finishes are not a one time deal, but they are much more durable than furniture polish. I like to think of them as semi-permanent. While they are not as durable as a varnish or polyurethane, they do not have to be completely stripped and replaced to be repaired. If one area wears faster than another, you can simply add more wax there. For pieces that get lots of handling (like a table top), you would need to apply more often (perhaps once a year or so), but for something like a china cabinet, it’s just a matter of maintenance. I hope I won’t have to rewax it for many years. And it’s important to recognize that not all wax brands are created equal. Most have their pros and cons, so you may want to look into any specific type before using it. A major factor to remember is that while the wax is water resistant, it is not water proof, so you’d be taking a risk with something like a kitchen cabinet. I hope this helps!

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