I recently took on a job for a client named Sarah. She was looking for something to go in her entry way, perhaps a chest or bench. As most of you know I am a regular on Craigslist, so when I ran across thiss beauty I knew it would be perfect for her space. I sent Sarah a picture and she loved it as well.
After I bought it, I met with Sarah at her home. She has a vision and I wanted to really capture that for her. The entrance to her beautiful home is a gorgeous gray color. We sat and talked about what she was looking to do. Sarah mentioned that she would love to tie some navy into her color scheme. I have worked with many blues before but never navy. I love navy but had just never painted anything with it. So I consulted with the best painters I know, and they turned me onto General Finishes Coastal Blue. Can I just say, “This color is amazing!” I really wanted a dark, dark navy, and this is it! As I was leaving Sarah asked me if I could do something with the table she currently had in her entry way. It is such a cute table, and I knew we could tie it all together by painting both pieces.
We decided to use a bright white for contrast on both pieces. Sarah was great, though, and gave me creative license to do whatever I thought would look nice:-) I wanted to jazz up the table and do a stencil or a stripe.
I lightly distressed the white part of both pieces using a fine grit sandpaper. I waxed both pieces using a clear wax.
I am thinking these may look too nice in my house to send home? Just kidding Sarah……enjoy your new entryway furniture! Thank you for trusting me with these beauties:-)
We call this “The Old Elephant Table” because someone once said that it had “elephant legs.”
A friend acquired it for us at an auction in St. Louis almost 20 years ago. My grandfather made a makeshift leaf for it; I recovered the chair seats, and we made do with it for much longer than planned. Finally my decorator friend had heard me complain about it long enough, and said, “Have you ever thought about painting it? Couldn’t do much harm if you really hate it so much.”
I didn’t HATE it; it was just so dark and heavy. But I never would have had the guts to paint it white without that kick in the pants.
I used Cece Caldwell’s Simply White clay paint because I left the table in the dining room while painting it and wanted to make sure it was safe to breathe. (Cece’s line is eco-friendly with no VOCs.) And because I am too lazy to do any prep work (read: sanding). There was some marring on the table top, and I just wanted quick and easy coverage. Cece’s worked great for that (two coats).
Fortunately my sister came to town during the mess and jumped right in. She is brave with the dark wax and brought some Annie Sloan Dark Wax to show me how to use it. We worked it into the detailed areas, esp. on the legs and the little braided trim with a toothbrush and then rubbed it back off with a cloth. It really emphasized the interesting details. LOVE!
We finished the table with a coat of the Cece Waxing Cream applied with a cloth and buffed it out a few times. My sister can go to town with the buffing cloth. I guess that’s why she has muscular arms and I don’t! Next, she couldn’t wait to get her paintbrush on the chairs. We slapped on the Simply White, distressed some edges with sandpaper, and waxed and buffed. Kristin thought it needed a little something. She knows I love the fleur-de-lis, so she stenciled one onto the back in silver and gold craft paint and even went around it with a toothpick to make a little dotted border. She’s goooood.
Then it was on to painting 5 more chairs! Not fun. I quit halfway through and hubby finished the job out of desperation to get his dining room back. Ah well, all’s well that ends well!
P.S. Did you guess that only one chair is reupholstered thus far? Tee hee. . .a little ongoing project for me. . .might add another coat of wax to the tabletop, too!
I recently acquired this table and sent my sister a picture.
I asked her what color I should paint it and she sent me this picture back as inspiration.
Sister has crazy good taste. I will have her post some pictures of her house soon:-) I chose to use Milk Paint from the Real Milk Paint Co. I love their paint because when used without the bonding agent you get this naturally “chippy” look. Because these types of towels are antique towels from the 1930’s I knew I wanted the table to have a vintage feel. I cleaned the table first and then applied a coat of Parchment Milk Paint to the top. The wood was bleeding through after the first coat so I applied a second coat.
I didn’t really like the table and sent Kim a picture. She agreed and said the whole table had to be painted. So, I went ahead and put two coats of Parchment on the rest of the piece. After the paint had dried I taped the piece off and decided to do red stripes on both sides of the table. I used The Real Milk Paint Co.’s Red Barn. I applied two coats of the red as well. Once the paint had dried I carefully pulled the tape off. The paint began to chip upon drying and I love how it nearly took the stripe off on one side. It’s like this paint has a mind of its own and knows what will look best. I LOVE smart paint! Once all the paint had dried I applied a dark wax glaze to the whole piece giving it an even older feel. Finally I applied a clear wax protective coat to the whole table. I just love the way it turned out.
It is pretty and looks so sweet I don’t want to sell it but my house is turning into a furniture store. If you know anyone in search of an adorable end table, let me know!
My sweet sister always brings me something special when she comes to visit me in St. Louis. The last time she made the trip, she unloaded this beautiful head-board. I just love it. and was inspired to paint it red based on the gorgeous red barns I see on the drive to visit her in Arkansas. There is nothing more beautiful than an old barn nestled in rolling hills of green backed by the most amazing blue sky you will ever see. I always look so forward to driving down to visit and checking out all the great antique stores in the area. Sister takes me to the best places to shop! I knew this little gem would look fabulous with a coat or two or Barn Red Milk Paint from The Real Milk Paint Co.
I applied two coats of this beautiful red paint that is naturally “chippy”. I did not add any sealer as I wanted the paint to chip in certain areas. After I let it dry over night, I sanded the edges allowing some of the original yellow color to peek through. I applied Annie Sloan Dark Wax to finish the piece.
I only wish I were hanging with my sister right now. It pains me to sell this headboard because I just love it so much. Sure wish it would go in one of my kids rooms. I can’t wait to get my hands on my next headboard now. I will be spending the day searching for another great headboard to paint…..unless of course my sister would like to bring me another one?
I was asked to try out a new paint for a local shop here in St. Charles MO. To read more about how these two pieces were transformed, follow this link to my guest blog!
Hi there friends! Recently we ran a little contest on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thespoonandthethimble
I asked for furniture submissions to transform for a guest blog I was asked to do. Well, we selected one, and it is up and posted. To check out what we did go to http://redposie.com/blog/milk-paint/shabby-cabinet-makeover/
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