One thing to keep in mind when buying old furniture... if you live in a area with bad spiders.. be sure to handle the piece with gloves and vacuum out all areas..esp the bottom!! Sometimes these pieces have been kept in a garage or barn and around here black widows LOVE barns. They especially love the dark bottom areas of furniture. I have actually seen a black widow drop out of a table in Goodwill and scuttle across the floor. These did have webs..but thankfully no spiders.
Here they are after their first coat of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint. I'm using Provence, a teal blue. The paint dries very fast and is very different from latex. I didn't sand or prep..just a good cleaning before painting.
After the second coat all the dark brown was covered.
As you can see the paint covers very well...after two coats I had barely made a dent in my paint.
Next I tried to do a wash of Old White chalk paint but it dried so fast I ended up much whiter than planned. I do like that you can just add water to thin..but it also dried faster when thinned. The one on the left I had sanded down to show more Provence. I finally thinned some Provence and used a towel to wash more of the blue over the white.. It worked much better washing with a cloth than a brush..I could work it in before it dried.
Here they are after a coat of clear wax and hardware back on..I plan to put these in our bedroom of the new house. I paid $5.99 for each nightstand and used some of my Annie Sloan paint.. though I have much more for other projects left.