I have never seen so many people get upset with me for suggesting to paint this old coffee table... but I finally got the nerve to paint it... and post it.
Event though I'm in love with Annie Sloan, I actually used some craft paint I bought at Michael's. Personally, I had some difficulty with this paint but I guess you get what you pay for. It seemed kind of old coming out of the bottle, but I digress.
I used Annie Sloan clear and dark wax and her brushes (as always, thanks to Studio 184.) The picture below shows some of the wax detailing. I painted the coffee table cream, sanded it around the edges, put clear wax all over the table and then finished with a little dark wax. This was actually the first time I played with dark wax on a light color. It's not perfect, but that's what makes the project fun.
It really didn't take me that long to finish this - I'd say it took a few hours in between painting my front door, cooking dinner and doing laundry. I would just burn through an episode of a TV show, paint a coat, get up and do other stuff.
In all, I spent less than a tank of gas on this coffee table. It was about $22 at a thrift store and then the paint totaled about $12. (I'm not counting the wax or the brushes in this investment because I've used them several times.) NOTE: I do love Annie Sloan brushes. I have a couple of Martha Stewart ones (which cost about $25) and they are not nearly as good as the Annie brushes. Invest in good brushes, people!
I think I'm going to put a runner on the top of the table so I'm not really stressing about some of the inconsistencies with the dark wax on top. Overall, I'm happy! Not bad for a little basement table.