Friday, August 9, 2013

Back in Black: An End Table Makeover

The best furniture to redo is furniture that was made correctly.  Solid, smooth wood.

This end table had the perfect bones.  When the owner said black, I was ecstatic.  I knew a little Graphite ASCP would have been the perfect paint color to bring it back to life.  Just one problem.  In our neck of the woods, there is one stockist, and when I went to pick it up, there wasn't a can on the shelf.  This had never happened before, so I calmly decided to call the next day to see if it had been restocked.  YIKES! It was on back order and there was no promise date.  So, I prepared for the unknown.

I stripped this baby down to the raw wood.  Knowing the style of the room where this was headed, I flipped and flopped on whether it would be best to hold out for Graphite or whether I could manage the right finish with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint in Typewriter.  Ultimately, I decided that milk paint wasn't going to be quite right because of the use this piece would get.  Considering it's home in the media room where it would hold paper plates of pizza and maybe a bottled water or Coke, I didn't want to chance that hemp oil or the wax wouldn't cure quick enough for heavy use.

I decided to go for a new first for me- Cece Caldwell's Chalk & Clay Paint.  I chose Vermont Slate.  Knowing every paint has a learning curve, I painted a barstool to get a feel for the coverage.  I was immediately impressed by how well it went on.   As a bonus, the paint lightens significantly as it dries, so there is no guess work in knowing whether the paint is wet or not.  See how the dry spots are almost a gray color? Don't worry, when you add a top coat, the color will deepen to a soft black.

I bought the Cece Caldwell's Endurance top coat that is specifically for protecting surfaces like tables.  After giving it a few tries and calling my fave Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint & Cece Caldwell stockist, she explained I was getting a streaky finish from using too much product (even though I seriously don't know how I could have used less), and that I'd have to wait for the coat to dry and sand (because Endurance is meant to stick really well) and repaint and coat with an even lighter coat of Endurance.  With my poor client being without this table for many weeks, I couldn't chance it and decided to give finish it with Annie Sloan Dark Wax.

I have read on many blogs that mixing the brands is not a great idea.  I can't vouch for every combination, but the Cece Caldwell's Vermont Slate and Annie Sloan Dark Wax worked extremely well together.  The only time you will want to put the dark wax directly on top of paint without clear wax on first is when you use a porous paint (such as chalk, clay/chalk, or milk paint) in black.  Using it directly on other colors will not produce the desired effect because it will look streaked with brown (not in a cute way [more like skidmarks in the underwear {excuse the boy mom term}]).  Hey! I just wanted to clear that up because I thought it was a clever marketing choice until I found out the hard way.  Just look at how the dark wax deepened the black.

It gives it a gorgeous depth and age once it starts to cure.  The color will stay the same, but the wax will harden over the next 30 days.

Don'tcha just love it in black?

Keep up, Honey! 

1 comment:

  1. Love how pretty this turned out! I'm a huge fan of makeovers!!


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