Annie Sloan Coco Side Table Makeover

I worked on a little side table project for the room we’re decorating at Kathy’s house yesterday. We found it in her sister-in-law’s barn, and it was so fun to root around in there with her!

The Lettered Cottage | Side Table Makeover

Her sis-in-law, Jenny, also lives in our neighborhood (yay!) and keeps a booth at Angel’s Antique and Flea Mall in Opelika…hence, the barn full of fun furniture finds! ๐Ÿ˜€

Ethan Allen Side Table

I wanted to work on it outside, but the wintery wind was just a’whippin yesterday, so I brought it inside and cleaned it up with a damp towel. I also took off all the hardware and filled the holes on the sides with spackle.

Side Table Makeover

Kathy chose Annie Sloan‘s Coco-colored chalk paint for this piece, which is a warm gray-brown color…

Annie Sloan Cocoa

…and here’s how it turned out:

Side Table Makeover | Cocoa | Annie Sloan

I did a little distressing on the edges with a piece of old sand paper:

Annie Sloan Cocoa | Side table makeover

…and then sealed the whole things with Miss Mustard Seed‘s clear furniture wax.

The knobs and pull came from Hobby Lobby. I picked those, and these…

Hobby Lobby Hardware

…and told Kathy to she had to decide which ones she liked the best. She was immediately drawn to the white and mint ones, and it still makes me smile when I think about how her face lit up while she was loving the idea of going a little “funky” this time. :-)

Hobby Lobby Knobs

Mint Green Hardware from Hobby Lobby

I may have to save these for another project though…

Hobby Lobby Brass Pulls

Aren’t they sweet, too?

I also found some pretty little pillow covers for Kathy while I was at Hobby Lobby:

Hobby Lobby Pillow Covers

The (blue) one in the back is a 40-ish dollar Pottery Barn pillow cover, but look how great those $6-10 Hobby Lobby covers look with it, too!

I forgot to mention it above, but I got the chalk paint atย Soul Kitchen in Montgomery. As I was checking out, I noticed a little stool in front of the check out counter. I asked the gal who was ringing me up if it was for sale and she said yes, but went on to explain that it was marked $125 dollars because of the (expensive) rooster-patterned cushion nailed to the top of it.ย I told her I would actually want it without the cushion, and after a quick call to the person it belonged to…

Soul Kitchen | Montgomery Alabama

…I was able to snatch it up (sans cushion) for Kathy’s room for just $25!!

Rope Covered Stool

I’m pretty sure that’s Coco-colored chalk paint on the body of the stool, and what a great idea to wrap rope around the top of it, huh? So fun, and perfect for the vibe we’re going for in Kathy’s room! Which, by the way, we’re finishing up next week. I had a pretty intense finger smashing incident last night though (think: the tip of my index finger + our back door slamming shut on it), so the rest of this project definitely just got a little more challenging. I’ve got a credenza to paint, and only 9 functioning fingers to do it with this time! ๐Ÿ˜€ But, hey, that reminds me- here’s what we’re thinking for the credenza:

Credenza Makeover

Because of how it’s made (think: glue), Brian the Carpenter thought it would be easier to build up the credenza, rather than take it apart and add longer legs to it. I’ll be back soon with a post about how it turned out! (And hopefully I’ll be typing with my pointer finger again by then- LOL!)

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  1. says

    That is a beautiful redo! I love the hardware you chose to use with it too.

    I need to thumb through your site and read up on furniture painting techniques. The honey colored stain on our 10 year old furniture (armoires, side table and kitchen table) have all turned orangey. I want to repaint them white but I don’t want brushstrokes or roll marks. If you have any quick tips for a smooth, factory finish look, I’m all ears. (I was thinking spray gun or is that too ambitious?)

  2. Robbin says

    Ouch! Hope the throbbing has stopped. Looking forward to the reveal of Kathy’s room. That stool was meant-to-be in her room! Sometimes those surprises are the best finds. Great work, Layla!

  3. Carole says


    I’ve been wanting to paint the legs of our Whittier harvest table for the past couple of years. Originally the plan had been to use Rustoleum or Krylon spray paint, but I’ve had such terrible luck with the nozzles on the last few cans that I’m extremely hesitant.

    I’ve only recently heard about the Annie Sloan paint, and love the look. With turned table legs, using it would definitely require brush work.

    The table was our first piece of furniture as a married couple, and the first project that we had ever tackled together. I want to update it, but I want a smooth quality finish when done.

    Any good suggestions for making the process go smoothly?

  4. Amanda says

    This looks amazing! I painted a side table recently with AS paint and while I really enjoyed it, there were more brush strokes than I was expecting. Any suggestions on how you got (what seems like) a wonderfully smooth finish?

    • Layla says

      Hi Amanda! I just used a regular paint brush on this piece. You can see some brush marks if you get up really close to it, but overall, the paint seems to have leveled out pretty smoothly. I’m not a furniture painting expert by any means, so I’m not really sure how to do it any differently. Maybe someone reading this who knows more about it can offer us some advice?

    • says

      Hi Amanda, I wanted to let you know that my friend Christen at gives great advice on using brushes, ASCP and waxes on her blog. In fact, she has a tutorial going on right now! Hope this helps!

  5. Claudia De La Cruz says

    Did you use a roller or a brush? or both? It looks beautiful.


  6. says

    I love Angels in Opelika…in fact I may need to make a quick little road trip up there soon! Have you been to Resurrect in Opelika? They used to be next to Angels but moved…not sure where but they have a FB page…check it out. I’ve never heard of Soul Kitchen but thank you for letting me know they carry ASCP…I want to try some but don’t want to pay shipping.

  7. Stacy Loren Schneiderman says

    I was wondering how many coats of AS did it take to get this finish? Love the minty green hardware that was used.

  8. Sandy A says

    That side table turned out so darling–I love the new color! And that little stool is so much better without the cushion and painted the same Coco. Can’t wait to see the credenza…

  9. Donna Doble-Brown says

    Layla . . . OUCH! Hope you are doing better! LOVE the side table . . . it’s amazing what paint will do! Can’t wait to see the finished room and even with only 9 digits I’m sure it will be spectacular! Have fun! :)

  10. Kathy says

    I LOVE the way table turned out! Each thing that gets finished makes me that much more excited to see the whole room pulled together. We are going to love being in that room!

  11. Gwen says

    Oh wow!!! The “step stool table” is what my sister and I called our Grandma’s. I think my Mom had one in the living room but she changed with the times way back then when I was so little that I best remember it at Grandma and Grandpa’s house!! Isn’t it funny how a photo of furniture conjured up this sweet memory?!! Now a new generation that’s never seen a step stool side table anywhere before can have this popular ’50s piece done up in the ’13s way. I love it!!!! You are giving it a new life and maybe tell the new owner that two little girls not yet in school had already named this Step Stool Table. Can’t you see little girls imaging it as steps but for whom??? We didn’t have Barbies yet!!! Maybe just for no one but the furniture to use?!!! Silly.

  12. says

    Wow what a sweet table, you must of had so much fun with that and picking out all the hardware for it. :-) I can not wait until the reveal of the room. Thanks for sharing it with us and have a blessed day

  13. says

    That little table looks great! Love the color.
    I apparently need to check out the pillow selection at Hobby Lobby. I never look there, but those pillows are beautiful.

    • Ashton says

      I, too, am smitten with the pillows! The white pillow with natural lining will likely spark a trip to Hobby Lobby this week. I love the way you mix expensive items with crafty or inexpensive items for a seamless, tailored look, Layla! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  14. says

    Your table makeover looks great…Coco is one of my favorite ASCP colors. Gotta go check out those pillow covers and knobs at HL…very cute indeed. Coming by the Waters on Friday(on my way to Lake Martin for the weekend of Auburn football)…going to show my hubs and mom your beautiful neighborhood…sure hope that the leaves have turned all pretty. Hope the finger gets better soon.


  15. says

    I’m so confused . . . . why was that rooster cushion so valuable? Am I missing something? Were you being tongue in cheek? : )

  16. says

    I just tried chalk paint for the first time on my bedroom set. I love that you don’t have to sand or prime first. Great job, and I love the color that you chose.

  17. says

    Ooooh, I haven’t used Coco yet! That turned out perfect! I’m definitely fully on the chalk paint bandwagon :)

    I love that the rooster pillow made the stool worth $100 more. Reeeeediculous. To each her own, I suppose, but it’s definitely better without the cushion!

  18. Ashley says

    What a beautiful table! Great find, I always love your work. Quick question, that jute edged white pillow cover is from Hobby Lobby also?! Please say it’s so! :)

  19. says

    I love that overstuffed cushion look on that stool. I have a stool I would like to try to do that to. I hope google can show me how. :)

  20. says

    I am so excited to see the final result, the table, pillows, and stool are all fabulous (and that lovely chair shown in the back of that store)
    I hope your finger heals up soon!

  21. says

    Pretty pretty! Did you like using MMS’s wax over the ASCP? I’ve tried AS clear wax before and found it difficult to work with. Marian (yes, I contacted her for help – she’s awesome!) :) suggested I try her wax instead, but I kinda gave up and haven’t tried it yet.

  22. Minna says

    Thanks so much for letting us know about the pillow covers. I had no idea that Hobby Lobby sold them. I picked up 3 for our master bedroom in addtion to 2 other pillows, and I love them on our newly built king size bed that my awesomly talented husband made. :)