This powder table is a true gem. I love her! Back in April when I was yard sale-ing one Saturday morning, I saw someone carry this table out to the side of the road. Well, I took her home, of course. It took me a while to figure out what to do with her. Should I paint her all over, or stain her, I finally made up my mind: the top was going to be stained and the bottom part painted. I had a few problems with the bottom part, and it was missing some veneer here and there. But look at the top part…it only needed a light sanding and one coat of stain.
As you can see from the picture, I went to work with my wood glue and clamp. I also had some fun with the wood filler too.
Well, I sanded the table lightly and also used “liquid sander deglosser”. I forgot what it did exactly, but I think it just de-glossed the table somewhat. It really has nothing to do with sanding in my opinion.
The top part of the powder table I used Minwax Stain in English Chestnut. I will do a separate tutorial how I prepare my furniture for staining in my next post. The legs and shelves were prepared for painting with Zinsser primer.
Finding the right color is always hard for me. In my mind I go through a whole list of paint colors..I even try some out..
And first I was thinking navy blue. I bought a quart Behr Navy Blue and this is what happened:
Yes, you are right: this is far from Navy Blue…it is the same color as the painters tape! I was getting a bit desperate at this time but I also like the two-color layered look so I quickly sanded the table and gave it a coat or two of Valspar Summer morning (a very pale yellow shade). Next I sanded her with a medium grit sandpaper for some distressing – that looked so much better.
The Valspar paint I bought at the Restore (Habitat for Humanities). At least once a month I go there to check what paint they have on hand. I can usually find some basic colors and I even bought some furniture pieces there and wall paper. Their prices are great!
For the inside shelf I used some left over (washable) wall paper. You see just enough of the royal blue peeping through.
For the distressed look:
1) prime the table, after drying sand lightly and wipe clean
2)use your first paint color, after drying sand lightly and wipe clean
3)use your second paint color, after drying sand and wipe clean
4)make a glaze of stain and glaze medium (1:3), glaze the table and wipe immediately
5)use a coat of polyurethane for duration
Isn’t she elegant?
For the hardware I used Rustoleum metallic spray paint in medium brown. O I forgot to mention: I have a small matching stool too but that is not ready yet.
Friday I linked to miss mustard seed
the shabby nest
funky junk interiors
Tuesday I linked to Primitive & Proper