I almost forgot to take a photo of this little guy. I was in a hurry last week to finish some projects to fill some empty spaces at our antique booths. I know you have all seen similar tables at thrift stores, or garage sales and I want to share with you how I refreshened this piece to give it a new life.
I did a wax resist on the cleaned wood finish. There were areas that were not perfect and some of the finish had worn off over the years. I left those as is, as I thought distressing those ares could lead to a very aged look. I used Versailles, one of my very favorite Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colors and brushed it completely over the table. Some areas I painted with a heavier coat than others, but basically one coat looked like it would do what I wanted. I then enlarged a great graphic from The Graphics Fairy website.
This is a very beautiful piece of typography with a lot of detail and flourishes. I enlarged it, and transferred it to the table top. It is approximately 2 feet by three feet at this point. I then hand painted the entire graphic. I used a very fine triple 0 liner brush and Lumiere paint in a pewter color. I love this color as it is not as harsh as a black but dark enough. It seems to go well with every color I like to use, and the consistency is ink like. I do thin it a little as I paint, but try not to make it too watery.
After the paint dried overnight, I did go back and with a sanding block gave the edges and legs a distressing. I also went over the entire table top with more emphasis on sanding the edges.
I then put a finishing coat of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Furniture Wax when gives it a soft sheen and a moisture resistant finish. You can find the wax at www.theblueheronstudio.com.
The Finished Table
Close up of the Lettering!