My first ever post of an actual furniture redo! I’ve been a little reluctant to share this on the blog, as I really had no clue what I was doing when I started this project, only that I see makeover after makeover in the blog world, and decided to give it a shot. My dear neighbor, Angie, also encouraged me to dive in…she paints anything that stands still! I love how it turned out, despite it being far from perfect.
This is the table in its original form. It is an inexpensive garage sale find my husband brought into the marriage 13 years ago, and I’m so glad I hung on to it so long!
I did not take photos during my painting process, sorry! I was so focused on painting that it never crossed my mind, so I’ll tell you what I did.
The original finish was the cheap, shiny lacquer, so I gave it a light sanding with the Mouse Sander and 180 grit sandpaper, just enough to take the shine off. Then, I cleaned the table with a barely damp rag to remove the dust.
For primer, I used Kilz Original, found at Wal-mart, Lowe’s, or Home Depot. A face mask is a must while using Kilz Primer!
Kilz Primer leaves a gritty finish, so I lightly sanded the rough spots with 220 grit sandpaper to make every surface of the table smooth. Again, I wiped the table free of the primer dust before I began to paint.
Then, I painted the entire table with Sherwin Williams “Hazel.” Oh, how I love this color! It is a beautiful green, with a hint of blue.
Next, I wiped on a Minwax Gel Stain in Walnut to antique it a bit. This was my very first rodeo using a gel stain, and I found that it was easiest to use an old soft rag. I dipped a small section of the rag into the stain and literally rubbed it onto the entire surface of the table, one section at a time, until I reached the desired look. If an area of the table had too much stain, I applied more pressure to that spot and wiped the heavier stain off.
You can see the stain close up in this photo. (You can also see dust in this photo! My new lens picks up alot!)
Here, you can get a better idea of the blue, yet green color of “Hazel.”
I am in love with my new lamp from Target, too, that I put on this table!
So here’s a question for you painting experts…you can see here, above and below, where I sanded some of the edges and corners to distress the table a bit.
Wanting the original brown table to show through a little, and having sprayed white primer, you can see both the original wood…and white primer. If you have distressed furniture, what is the solution here? I imagine it would be to have painted a layer of brown beneath the Hazel.
So here she is in our den, a happy addition to this corner of the room and especially fun with these old shutters I found at a local antique store recently! I love that these shutters have a “story,” having hung on an old farmhouse near Morrilton, Arkansas.
(You can see on the front left leg where I started to distress and decided to quit while I was ahead. This section of the table is hidden behind our couch, so I decided not to start over.)
Please share any additional tips for a beginner furniture painter, I’d love to hear them!
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