Hello friends! I thought I’d share a quick table makeover I painted for my foyer today.
You might remember that each month we participate in a Themed Furniture Makeover project. If you don’t remember, here’s the gist of it: each month, we are given a specific theme and we’re tasked with creating a furniture makeover using that theme. This month our theme is “knock-offs”.
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I’ve had this table for about a year now, and it was given to me by my elderly friend, Norma, who passed away last summer. It’s not an expensive table or even solid wood, but it has sentimental value to me. Norma kept a tablecloth over it in her home and from the picture below you can see why. It had some sort of velvety red wallpaper-type material on top that was old and torn.
Now I have to admit, I actually let this table get worse before I made it better. If you remember me talking about my 4 year old, Max, he loves to “help” when I’m painting. Whenever I’m working on something, he puts on his painting clothes and wants to paint too. To give him something to do, I’d been letting him paint the underside of this little table. Normally I wouldn’t let my kid slap 30 coats of paint on a piece of furniture, but somehow I just knew in my gut that Norma would love seeing how happy he was painting her table.
I actually found this photo in my cell phone that I took last winter of him hard at work :).
I don’t really do “knock-offs”, but I really loved the white and somewhat dirty/distressed look of this table which became my inspiration piece for this month’s theme.
Removing the velvet wall paper stuff from the top of the table was pretty easy. It was so old and brittle the glue was completely dried up and it all peeled right off. The table proved to be a bleeder, so I primed it with a couple coats of Zinsser Bulls Eye Shellac.
Next, I painted it with a couple coats of Annie Sloan’s “Old White” chalk paint. When that was dry, I went over it with Velvet Finishes Enhance Dark Glaze. I prefer adding detail with dark glaze rather than dark wax, because I don’t like sealing my furniture with wax. If you use a glaze, you can still seal it with a poly or something stronger than wax. I also find the glaze easier to work with and more forgiving.
Here’s how I use the glaze.
1.) Make sure you have plenty of dry and wet rags ready before you start. The glaze dries fairly quickly and you can’t really walk away from it to get more rags.
2.) Apply the glaze in sections. I use a cheap chip brush.
3.) Use a dry rag to remove as much of the glaze as you want and make sure it doesn’t look streaky. If it dries too quickly or you want to remove even more of the glaze you can go over it with a wet rag. The wet rag works like an eraser. You can even go back up to an hour later and if you see a spot where you forgot to wipe it or have a drip mark you can scrub it off. The longer it sits, the harder it’ll be to do this, but it’s pretty forgiving for a good amount of time.
I sealed it with two coats of General Finishes high performance top coat.
In case you’re wondering, I decided not to paint over all of Max’s artwork. His masterpiece is still hidden underneath :).
You can check out the rest of the Themed Furniture Makeovers below. If you see one you like, just click on the picture to see the full tutorial.
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