When you paint a lot, like me, you certainly have a few favorite colors. Among the few colors that are my favorite is Martha Stewart’s salt water. Luckily I purchased 2 gallon last winter, so I can paint many many pieces in this lovely shade. It has just enough blue in it and it will look even better when distressed. Last summer I painted two chairs in this color:
I bought this small mersman table for 10 dollars. I am just amazed about the price difference of mersman furniture. It truly ranges from 10 dollars to more than 200 for the same (type) table.. Well, mine had a few issues. and I decided to paint!
Here is a before picture after some sanding:
I decided NOT to buy any more paint until January 2013. I have too many cans of paint and I have to (no MUST) try to finish some of them before I get some new paint. Well, as I said before I have plenty of salt water blue, so this table will be blue.
At first I did my usual sanding, TSP cleaning and priming. After all that I gave her 2 coats of white latex, satin finish. Here is the picture:
After that I mixed 1 part faux glaze with 3 parts latex. With this mixture I painted the table twice (wait until dry before you paint your second coat). It paint 4 coats total but I am sanding it down and I want to see both colors. This is how I do it but do not forget: I am no expert!! I just like the way it distresses. Here is a table I distressed the same way, I used of course two different colors (white and dark grey):
Let the paint dry for a day or two and get your sanding sponges! It does require some heavy duty sanding, but the result is great:
I also gave the table 2 coats of rub on polyurethane for endurance.
The table looks like a faded blue jeans, don’t you think?