My last post was all about how this thrifty table was fixed and given a lower shelf.
Today's post is about the finish.
At first I thought on given this table a two toned color, legs and lower shelf painted white and give the top a stained finish. However, since this table was going to be only steps away from the kitchen table, and that table sports those same colors, I changed the plan.
So, I decided to paint the whole table.
I used a "Oops paint" - I have no name for that color- but it's like a Cappuccino color that I made into home-made chalk paint. I wanted to go for a white-wash paint effect like the one on this shelf:
So, after the two coats of paint dried, a white-washed was given with a sponge - the white wash mixture is one Tbsp of paint mixed with a cup of water. Using the sponge, I spread the paint, trying not to leave puddles on it. Once the first coat was dried, after about one hour, another coat was applied.
This is how it looked with the two white-washed coats:
The flat surfaces were lightly sanded, but the corners were done a bit harder trying to get to the wood. Clear wax was applied thoroughly, followed by small amounts of dark wax.
It was OK at this point, but I still wanted more white spots, specially on all the crevices. So, I mixed a tablespoon of clear wax with a small amount of paint and applied it with a small brush all along those lines.
I waited a full day before buffing it.
It got a really nice sheen.
Some shots of how the top looks.
I might be given it some more coats of the white wax later on, for now I'm OK with it. ;)
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