Ever since we added the armoire in the living room last fall, I have noticed the antique, round, dark gray table, didn’t show up as well. So I started to think about painting it white. But could everything be white. That seems to be what my eye wants to see. Anyway it was a project I didn’t really have time for, and I couldn’t believe I wanted to repaint a piece I had just painted 2 years prior. So I forgot about it and moved on to other things, But once we painted the living room white, I thought I would love it again but I didn’t, I wanted change. Then one day I was flipping through Instagram and there it was a round table just like mine, painted in a light color, maybe not the white I was picturing, but light enough to motivate me to jump up out of my chair grab the paint and brush and start painting. There was nothing to think about, I was painting within 10 minutes. Here is the living room before, with the dark table but white walls.
Here the dark table with gray walls.
Here is how it went.
Using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White, from Fresh Vintage by Amy, check her out SHE SHIPS, I started up under the table top and worked down and then around. Painting on a regular coat then rubbing it off with a rag. I was going for that finish you pay so much money for, you know the store.
You can see how the paint thinned out as I rubbed it off.
I worked around the entire base then moved to the top.
For the top I wet the rag so the paint would even thin out more. I did ring out all the water I could get out of the rag out.
Then painted in sections going with the grain, and then rubbing it off with a rag.
One coat done, scary right.
This is a second coat, but I did it a little different. I dipped my brush into a little water then into the can to pick up a small amount of paint and I didn’t paint a thick coat, just here and there. Going for the look I wanted.
At this point the entire table got a coat of clear wax.
After about 20 minutes I did a little distressing with some fine sand paper to expose some of the original grey.
I finished with one more coat of wax, it was a mix of 10 parts dark and 1 part clear.
Once finished I wasn’t sure if I loved, loved, loved, the table top. I tried a little décor and slept on it.
The next day I reevaluated and I felt the top needed to be whiter, for some reason I really struggle with table tops. So two more thin coats of paint right over the wax. Then a coat of clear wax and a coat of the mix, which is 1 part dark to 10 parts clear.
Again I tried a little décor and yes, I loved it.
Now I need to style it.
I do love the table white and the room white, but I am really dying to add in more touches of color. I am keeping my eye out for anything blue for sure and maybe a little pink, or raspberry. Oh my. Talk again soon.
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