A Table for today!

By Lori Gravink, Owner Designer at LaDeeDa Design in MN.

I purchased this table on the third and last day of an Estate Sale. Well you know what that means....day 3....last day....nobody wanted this poor table. Except me! I wanted it. It had years of yellow varrnish, cigarette burns and weak legs, but I wanted it. 

It was and is a very ornate table. It's color was a yellowish brown and although some would say, "don't paint it", I did. It didn't survive all of these years to be tucked away in a attic. It deserved to be beautiful, and in a modern home.

My process - I cleaned it, tightened the legs, sanded the top down to bare wood and started painting and staining it. I gave the top a modern look with General Finshes Java Gel Stain, that I sealed with a clear finish. I painted the body of the table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I used Old White Chalk and then used Paris Grey and Old Ochre on the carved details. I lightly sanded the paint finish to blend the colors. Then I wet rag distressed the edges. Lastly I sealed the chalk painted areas with a custom wax of clear wax and pure white paint.

Now it is modern, in fashion, desirable AND it is still beautiful.

Products Used

General Finishes Java Gel
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint' Old White, Paris Grey, Old Ochre, and Pure White.
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Clear Wax
Minnwax Clear Finish

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