A couple of weeks ago I painted an ugly side table.
You may remember me telling you about it. If not you can go HERE for a quick recap.
I never did tell you what my technique was.
I had come across one of my old books called the Painted Kitchen that turned out to
be from the now famous Annie Sloan.
In that book she of course used her chalk paint.
I never even paid any attention to it back when I first read the book.
I don’t think anyone was selling it in the states.
Turns out that she uses it as chalkboard paint too.
I knew how to make chalkboard paint so I thought I’d use it to paint furniture too.
Now since I’ve never used AS paint I can’t really do a fair comparison.
I do plan on getting some soon but for now it was
fun to try this method.
And I liked the results.
Ok now you want to know the details.
All you need is 2 tablespoons of sandless grout
to 1 cup of latex paint.
I did not sand the piece.
I think on this occasion it worked to my favor that it was rather beaten up on top but I did clean it with a damp cloth.
The paint dries fast…..from the sandless grout.
After a short drying time I waxed the surface with butchers wax. I’m sure you could try any wax with similar results.
Then I put on another coat of paint.
Then dry and sand.
Waxed again with straight wax first.
Then I added gel stain to the wax to add some depth.
You can also use tinted wax.
Dry and puffed out.
I painted the legs too but decided that I wanted to make a skirt for it.
A strip cloth skirt so I could still have the top exposed.
I used an old pillow case and attached the strips to a single piece of fabric.
Then used velcro to attach to the table.
I had some cool fabric I had picked up at the quilt store ( Coastal Sewing Machines) that resembled
tape measures and used a few strips for added interest.
(think I may need to add more)
Good for hiding things underneath the skirt.
Just found this lace and yesterday and thought maybe I might add it to the edge.
What do you think?
Is it too much?
Maybe I could make that detachable too.
When I was making my skirt my friend Suzan was making strips for her
See more of Suzan’s makeover
Maybe I’ll use a small light under my table?
that would be fun.
Not sure what I’m going to decorate the table with. This was just thrown together.
The only thing I know I want is the orchid.
Every room needs a plant.
Even if it is a fake one.
Permanent botanical( sorry)
My dear friend Annie gave me this. It’s wedgewood…
but I’m sure you didn’t need me to tell you that.
It’s delicate and regal.
I may not be using it in the room but for now it makes me think of her.
So for now it will stay.
I hadn’t planned on using blue in this room this time around but when I do
I want to use this photo as my inspiration for the bedding.
Found it on the latest post of Barn House
Click on photo and go to the Barn House blog to see more.
Those guys are incredibly talented.
Linking up to White Wednesday
Have a good week!