Thursday, March 28

Painting a Side Table

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I recently purchased a really sturdy side table for $50.
{The original color was black - sorry I don't have a "before" pic.}


I've done a few painted furniture projects before,
but I'm trying to improve my methods &
 I really wanted to try a 
white finish with some subtle antiquing.


These were the products used for this project.
{Not pictured: a spray on primer}
I really like this "Heirloom White" Rustoleum color,
& I wasn't in the mood to do brush painting.
{In retrospect, however, I think I would have gotten a 
better finish with paint in a bucket.}

A few coats of primer were sprayed on & allowed to dry.
Same with the spray paint.
{This process included my usual impatient method of 
spraying on too much paint, wanting to cry over the drips, etc.
SOME PEOPLE NEVER LEARN!}

Then I used a brush to apply 
some of the decorative glaze into the cracks & grooves - 
& quickly wiped most of it off.


In the past, I've used a polyurethane top coat.
But I've always wanted to try a wax finish.
It wasn't available locally, so I ordered some & gave it a try.
I really liked it, but I think I need more practice
to learn how to get a really even finish.

I think when the directions say "apply several THIN coats" & buff in between, they really do mean it. 
I have a tendency to think "more is better!",
so my result was a less-than-even finish.
{But it still looks pretty good.}
PS - It is a bit smelly when using it, but the odor
goes away pretty quickly.

I like my "new" table!

14 comments:

  1. Really pretty! I'll have to order the Briwax, I can't find it locally either!

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    1. So glad you like the table. Please let me know how your experience with wax goes!

      Warmly, Michelle

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  2. It's gorgeous! The antiquing definitely adds a bit more character :)

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    1. Thank you, Sara. Happy Easter & happy spring!

      Warmly, Michelle

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  3. In the pictures, the finish looks great! I haven't used wax either and have been wondering about it. Thanks for the tute. Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by & leaving your sweet comment. Let me know if you give wax a try.

      Warmly, Michelle

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  4. LOVE the table but holy awesome, is that wallpaper? It really makes the table pop!

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    1. Thank you, Friend. The table is going in a kind of dark corner, so I "staged" the photograph to as you say, make the table pop. The blue pattern on the wall is actually wrapping paper that I put up just to take the photos. I heart wrapping paper for all kinds of projects & I'm planning on writing a post about all the unconventional things you can do with it.

      Warmly, Michelle

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  5. Love the table, it is so cheerful. Its the little details like the antiquing that take it up a notch. Please share this on my linky party: http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/2013/03/sunday-linky-party-1.html

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    1. Thanks Rita, I'll pop over & link it up. I appreciate you for taking the time to drop by & leave an invitation/comment.

      Warmly, Michelle

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  6. What a great job, Michelle ~ it's beautiful! Nice to know I'm in good company being an impatient diyer! :)

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    1. Hello Pam, Thank you for your comment. I keep thinking about you & wondering how the painted finishes in your bathroom are working out??? I wish you were coming to SNAP - you're one of my favorite bloggers & I'd dearly love to meet you in person.

      Warmly, Michelle

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  7. Can you believe that I saw this while looking at my facebook feed? Yep, Beneath My Heart shared it!!! And I'm so glad she did. You did an amazing job. Love the subtle glazing. YOU ARE AWESOME!!! xoxo jules

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    1. Wow Jules, I had no idea. Thanks for letting me know. {I'm the only one on the planet who's not on Facebook!} I love Tracy {almost as much as you!} & that is such a thrill. WAHOO!

      Warmly, Michelle

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