First things first, congrats to Irene for winning the Prima Marketing Modeling Material and molds drawing. Hope she has fun making up some molds! Now, onward with today’s post …
A while back my hairdresser texted me to ask if I wanted a table that she was getting rid of. The table reminded me quite a bit of the one that I use on my side of the bed as a night stand …
It’s the same general style, size and height. These taller occasional tables are perfect next to a bed that has some height to it. There isn’t any storage, but a little wicker box will do to hold lotion, tissues, etc.
So although I tend to shy away from smaller occasional tables these days, I knew from experience that this one could serve a practical purpose. So I said yes.
Here is the ‘before’ …
Oh boy. So dark it will need three coats of paint to go light, and all of those legs to paint!
More on that in a minute, but first, here’s a look at the ‘before’ condition of the top …
Pretty scratched up and discolored. But I thought the wood grain pattern in the veneer itself was quite pretty.
So I started out by stripping the top. Then I got a wild hair to try either white washing or lime waxing it to lighten it up, while still allowing the grain to show through. But instead of either of those, when I reached into the supply cabinet I pulled out the Homestead House Stain and Finishing Oil in Driftwood which is a grey color.
After the first coat I really thought I’d made a mistake. It was streaky and dull. But the SFO (Stain and Finishing Oil) is meant to be applied in several light coats. Each coat progressively adds a little more color, durability and sheen. So I applied a second coat, which improved the look immensely.
But then I stopped after two coats because I liked the look, and I didn’t want to hide any more of that grain with a more opaque finish. I could have added additional coats of the SFO in Natural at this point because it will add protection and sheen without adding color, but I didn’t have any of that on hand. So instead I added a topcoat of Miss Mustard Seed’s clear wax to give it a little more luster and protection.
Next up was painting the base of the table … but oh my, six legs! That’s a lot of putzy painting with a brush.
I don’t own a paint sprayer. Typically, spraying is just not for me. I enjoy painting with a brush. I know I would not enjoy the process of using a sprayer; taping things off, finding a way to contain the over spray, and most of all, cleaning the sprayer when you’re done. Yep, that part is especially not for me. I’ve been known to completely forget about the clean up step and throwing a paint brush away is bad enough. Having to toss an expensive sprayer would really be a bummer.
But in the case of something like this piece, I’m not opposed to pulling out a can of spray paint to get the job done.
In this case I thought I’d try the Rust-Oleum Chalked ultra matte spray paint in Country Gray.
I taped off the top, and then sprayed three coats on the base of the table.
I pretty much used up the entire can on this one small table. Spray paint is definitely not the most cost effective solution, but it can sometimes be the easiest.
I staged the photos with a chair and one of my stenciled faux grain sack pillows just to give it some scale.
I filled an old transferware tea pot with some coleus clippings and put it on top of a couple of books too.
One of my readers, Shelly, recommended the book on top, Country Brocante Style by Lucy Haywood. So Mr. Q ordered it from amazon for me (gotta love that next day shipping). Thanks for that recommendation Shelly, I love the book. It fits my style to a t (or should I say a q?)
As for the table, I think it has a completely updated look now, don’t you?
Thanks to Homestead House for providing the Stain & Finishing Oil, and to Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint for providing the clear furniture wax.
If any of you locals need a fabulous new bedside table, be sure to check my ‘available for local sale‘ page for more details.