After a long break during the holidays, I finally picked up a paintbrush again.

It felt good to be putting paint to wood again.

pair of French grain sack tables

This fall, I picked up a pair of Broyhill Queen Anne end tables at a yard sale.

For the longest time, I was stumped about how I wanted to paint them. But then inspiration struck, in the form of vintage French grain sacks.

I painted each table a base coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Graphite, then applied a wash of Maison Blanche La Craie paint in Hurricane. The drawer fronts also got a wash in Hurricane.

painting lines on grain sack table

After lightly sanding the top, I taped off lines using Frog Tape and painted three Graphite stripes on the tabletop. Once the paint had dried, I distressed the tabletop some more so that some of the original cherry and the Graphite base coat showed through. I sanded the grain sack lines very lightly because I didn’t want to erase them with my sandpaper since the color variation is subtle.

I waxed and buffed each table and gave the brass drawer pulls a couple coats of Rustoleum Satin Nickel spray paint. An oil rubbed bronze probably would have looked nice, too.

Once the tables were finished, they went straight to my booth at Golden Antiques in Summerfield, N.C.

I’m in the process of giving the booth a makeover. This weekend, my husband and I installed a new floor, and I love the way it looks. But my knees and muscles are still sore from the ordeal. I knelt down yesterday to pick up some books in my son’s room, and boy did that hurt. If I ever put in a floor again, I’ll wear knee pads or kneel on a gardening pad. These 40-year-old bones can’t take direct contact with concrete.


  1. Oooh. I love these, Amy! Perfect choice for those tables.
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  2. Amy these are beautiful!! I love the soft grainsack look on top!! beautiful!!
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  3. so pretty! I did a dresser with faux grain sack drawers. I mod podged drop cloth to the drawer fronts and then painted black stripes like yours!
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  4. Amy..can’t wait to see the finished product…I have some similar tables that I need to paint…had them for way too many years than I want to admit!!!
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  5. I love the colors you used. The tone on tone is so subtle and beautiful. Great update!
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  6. Wow! This is absolutely beautiful! You did a great job on these tables. I particularly love the color variation. Keep us posted!

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