It’s finally summer, which means it’s time for iced tea!
And the tables that I painted recently provide the perfect resting spot for a glass of tea.
This pair of tables has been patiently awaiting a makeover since last summer. They were thrown in as an afterthought with a pair of primitive cupboards that I purchased via craigslist. They aren’t really something I would normally choose, but somehow I found myself loading them into my truck.
Yep, what was I thinking? Just some basic redwood patio tables. Oddly, the previous owner added a redwood stain over the existing chippy white paint. This was really not a good look.
Not too long after bringing them home I decided to try a chippy milk paint finish. I painted one green and one blue. Huh? What? Why?
Yeah, neither one looked good. So I shoved them in a dark corner of my workshop and there they sat all winter.
I finally pulled them out again and decided I needed to just do something with them. I envisioned a sort of drift wood, beachy look. So I pulled out some paint that Allie at Little Billy Goat sent to me to try out. It’s a light grey and the color is called Farmhouse.
I used the paint straight out of the jar, which is a little thick, but gave great coverage. As a result, I only need one coat! You gotta love that.
I added a french poem stencil to the top, but I kept it very subtle in a just slightly darker grey.
I distressed them vigorously. I like how the texture from the previous chippy paint came through. You can also see that this was the green one.
I finished them off with some Annie Sloan wax.
These tables are perfect for taking out into the garden on a pleasant day to enjoy some iced tea and a good book.
I sent the tables off to Reclaiming Beautiful in Stillwater. Hopefully they will go to a good home!