Different Products, Different Techniques, Same Old-World Look
Augusta, a long coffee table, was originally part of a trio – her children were refinished in an old world style but with different products. See Cora and Nora's transformation here.
I only have one before picture and it's of Nora, the matching end table:
Augusta and her 2 matching pieces came home with us from an estate sale two summers ago. They were crammed into our van, taken home and sat in our basement for more than a year waiting to be given new life. No one else wanted the three pieces. I set my price, made my bid and got them easier than I expected.
I had no problem envisioning how I wanted them to look.
From the start knew I would split them up and do some experimenting. The first set, the end tables, Cora and Nora live with a family of three. When Hometalk featured them, I got a few nasty comments on how valuable antiques should never be painted – LOL. These are not valuable antiques and only found their value after they got their new look. I guess I must have done a great job on their re-design if they were mistaken for valuable antiques!
Her top was refinished the same time and the other two with (afflinks) Java Gel and topcoat with General Finishes Satin High Performance Top Coat. Then she sat for months shuffled here and there while I played around with a dozen other pieces. I love love love the reflection you get with the satin finish of GF HPTC.
I used bed risers to get it up off the ground to paint the legs and apron.
I finally decided to give her a go.
She's painted with Chalk Paint in Old White after a good cleaning and sanding. I still remember the trip downtown in Virginia while visiting my DD, Jillian, to a store that carried the chalk paint. She shipped it home for me and it sat for a long time before I even opened the can. When I was offered clear wax and dark wax from Annie Sloan, I jumped at the chance to use them together. Augusta was finally going to get her make over.
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For a table top tutorial using Java Gel, visit Using Java Gel on a Table Top.I used the same method as I did on Sophia, a parlor table in that post. Java Gel is so easy to use and I just can't get enough of it.
Now let's see how the apron and legs turned old-world style with a little bit of paint, decorative wax and a lot of elbow grease.
STEP #1 – Clean and sand – getting to the nooks and crannies were a bit of work! I used (afflinks) Krud Kutter and a sanding sponge.
STEP #2 – Paint the apron and legs with (afflinks) Old White chalk paint – two coats and in some places three. I taped off the bottom lip of the table top with (afflink) Frog Tape. I started out with cleap-o painter's tape but switched to the Frog Tape when I noticed it wasn't working well. Buy it – it's worth the extra $. Give it a few days to cure.
STEP #3 – Wax it with (afflinks) clear wax – wipe off the excess with an old t'shirt. I used a round brush to apply the wax.
STEP #4 – Apply dark wax with a brush and wipe off the high points of the details with an old t'shirt to give an old world look. I also wiped off a good share of the recessed flat surfaces. Be sure to get into all the nooks and crannies when you apply the dark wax. If the dark wax is too heavy in some spots, use clear wax to remove it. This takes a lot of elbow grease, but the results are totally worth it.
Since the chalk paint encourages texture by its thickness and texture, it's makes for a surface to take dark wax well – well enough to replicate the look of age and distress that normally would take hundreds of years.
On the Forum I often get the question, "How do I get rid of brush strokes?" And the answer given by members is always either, "Dip your brush in water before you paint." or, "Sand in-between coats." I did dip my brush a couple of times to help smooth on the paint, but not to get a completely smooth painted surface. I didn't sand between coats either. This chalk paint is excellent for texture and I let it do its job. I didn't want a completely smooth surface. It needed to be textured to give me this look.
STEP #5 – Let it cure. The wax will harden and provide a great finish.
Just The Right Combination
It may seem that I do an awful lot of Java Gel tops, and you'd be right. There is something perfect about Java Gel finished in a matte topcoat atop an antiqued coffee table. A sort of icing on the cake, so to speak. I never get tired of using General Finishes gel stain – it's so easy and gives a beautiful finish that never fails. Easy, consistent and beautiful.
So to sum it up…
The two matching end tables were painted in Old Fashioned Milk Paint and dry brushed with a cream colored acrylic to give it their own old-world flavor.
Then the matching coffee table, Augusta, was painted with white chalk paint and antiqued with dark wax. Two techniques – the same old-world look.
Do you have a coffee table in your living room? Augusta will soon be sitting in our Red Shed FB store waiting for her new family.
My next project is a Bombé chest accented in champagne metallic. I've got some great projects in the works. Come back in a bit and let me know what you think!
The Red Shed – This is our online Facebook store that features the furniture we have for sale. It also has many great examples of staging.
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We happened upon their 50% off furniture day. I found a three drawer nightstand that would be perfect for my DH's (darling hubby) side of the bed. I already had one that I had repainted for my side of the bed and he had my mom's little antique table that wasn't nearly big enough for him and all his junk…all his precious posessions.
He needed drawers to hide all his stuff, so this at $20 fit the bill.
And of course I have to start with the before:
There is so much to tell about about this one. Lot's of improvisation, creativity, and experimentation was called for, and I'm glad it turned out well because it was for my DH's Christmas gift.
I used a ton of resources for this project – I'll list links below, grouped according to each process, so you can go take a look if you are wondering about specifics.
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After cleaning, I tried to sand out some dents and scratches.
We didn't know it had a very thin veneer, so when I sanded, it quickly came off in spots. So I had to decide to either take it all off or get creative and add to its character. I decided to go with it. I sanded it more – enough to give it a textured look, pits, valleys, etc. It would become "time worn."
I stained the top and drawers with one coat of Java Gel with a staining pad. I didn't wipe it off and didn't have full, even coverage. I liked the look of the top, so I left it as is and topcoated with General Finishes Wipe on Poly using a folded-up old t'shirt. It went on easily, self leveled, and looked great. Since it's for DH, I put on 5 good coats. I also stained the drawer fronts, on coat to start.
This was the perfect project to try out some raised stenciling. So I found my Clock Stencil and varied my stenciling all over the drawers to add to the texture and add interest, using drywall mud and a metal scraper as my medium. It was a bit tedious because the drawers weren't flat like most. Stencil, wipe off the mess, stencil again, until I got what I wanted.
After it was completely dry, I stained again with Java Gel. I blotted it on over top the raised stencils with a staining sponge and smoothed it out from there. I used General Finishes Wipe on Poly to topcoat it like I used on the top, using an old t'shirt to blot it on and then spread it out.
To highlight the clocks, I added Annie Sloan Gilding Wax to just the raised parts. I tried my finger and it was too messy. I tried a brush, still too messy. So I found a Q'Tip and that worked just fine to catch just the raised parts for the copper color.
One Original Pull Was Broken
Derrick from DLawlessHardware.com sent me three pulls for the drawers, along with some matching ones for my dresser that's coming next. The holes were too big for the pulls since the pulls were fairly small in diameter where they meet the drawer front, and just a tad off in size. So I got creative. What could I do? I either had to fill in the holes, which would mean I would have to re-stain and topcoat, then drill new ones etc. or figure something else out. If I'd had the pulls before I had started the project, it would have been different. But I'm not one that likes to re-do or add steps if I don't have to.
I looked for decorative washers, but either they were too expensive, didn't fit or look right. So here comes the improvisation. I bought regular washers and findings and fortunately they came in the color I wanted, copper. Findings are used in mixed media and scrapbooking type projects. I've always wanted to create a mixed-media project. Here was my chance.
I spray painted the washers to match the Java Gel with Rustoleum Spray Paint and picked out findings to go on top for decoration, combining them for behind my pulls to hide the big hole and to create a steam punk look.
Adding the Hardware
When I went to add the pulls with the washers onto the drawers, I used two different styles of findings for a more varied look. Perfection was not my goal on this piece. Here you can see the pulls with the painted washers, copper findings and the copper accented raised stencils.
The Body Had to Coordinate My Nightstand.
Mine was bright white, so I incorporated that into this one. I wanted to try out a paint/primer acrylic paint that I had a $10 off coupon for, so this was a good chance to see if it would cover. It took 3 coats to get good coverage. I didn't use a topcoat over the acrylic paint.
Pulling it All Together
A mixed media nightstand isn't the norm, but when you get a chance to create for yourself, you have much more freedom to experiment and be more creative in your project – and all the while hiding it from your DH.
Jillian and I did a little video for the Forum highlighting the techniques and products used in this nightstand.
I think that's about it. If you have any questions about any of this tutorial, ask in the comments below. Thanks for visiting and sharing in my gift giving this year – did you re-design anything for gifts this year?
The Red Shed – This is our online Facebook store that features the furniture we have for sale. It also has many great examples of staging.
* Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. If you buy anything after clicking on one of the affiliate links, I receive a small commission of the sale. The cost to you is the same, and I only link to items that I think would benefit my readers. Your support of this blog is greatly appreciated! This post was sponsored by DLawless Hardware and Annie Sloan for supplying some of the materials for this project – Thank you!
My DD, Jillian, is my Social Media Specialist for my furniture flipping business and is way under paid. Picture her holding up a sign that says, "I work for paint." Not to mention the patience her DH, Taylor, has shown in regard to her time spent on the forum.
So I figured I'd grab one of the pieces she's hinted that she'd like to have one day with a, "So…what do you plan to do with that piece?" We find so many cool pieces, and she spends so much time on my social media accounts, how could I not paint her something for Christmas?
So here is the "before." Nothing special, just an old outdated three tiered plant stand. BUT, "nothing special" can be so easily turned into, "This is amazing," with a little paint and creativity.
I never did get any ideas out of her as to how she wanted it painted.
So I got a little creative and tried out some new products and techniques I've wanted to explore. I won the (afflinks) Key West Blue and Lamp Black in a General Finishes contest, so I have been looking for a project I could use them both on. On my way home from the General Finishes EXPO in September I stopped off on the way home to the Woodcraft store and bought the Pearl Effects I tried out in a workshop at that same EXPO. This was a great time to see if (afflink) STIX, a bonding primer actually worked too since the finish was glossy. Experimenting is such fun!
Using the Lamp Black as a base seemed the logic choice.
I painted it over the (afflink) STIX Bonding Primer, which by the way, really did stick. I cleaned and sanded the original shiny top coat and "sealed the deal" with the STIX. I painted on a very thin coat of the STIX and it took 2 coats for the Lamp Black to cover the white primer, 3 in some spots.
After the (afflinks) primer and Lamp Black, I dry brushed on the Key West Blue and then the Bronze Pearl Effects. Plain old chip brushes work well to dry brush. On the top I wanted to accent half of the rim, so I used a paper towel and dabbed on the Bronze Pearl and then used the same paint dry brushed over it to blend it in a bit.
Randomly drybrushing the rest of the piece gave it a sort of patina-ish look. The turned supports…legs?… received the dry brushing well.
This is why I love paint that will give you some texture.
There is ample opportunity to play with the technique to get the look you are going for. Don't be afraid to experiment. You can always paint over any "goof ups" with your base color and start over. At the end I used my strie brush to add a few more blue accents.
What special projects did you do for family and friends for Christmas? This was a fun one – and I did it in two days, experimenting, pushing dry times, turning on big heaters, staying up late…and it was totally worth it! Thanks for sharing in our family Christmas! I hope your 2018 comes in with a bang and you accomplish much in the new year!
To buy an Adirondak chair, just one chair, will set you back about $50…EACH. Jillian and I wanted to go in together to get my DD, her sister, a set of Ardirondak chairs, but they were out of our price range. Well, one isn't, but six? No way. We love her, but $300 is a bit steep for us.
So, Jillian found some hither and yon, advertised on Craig's List and FB, used, beat up and for a decent price. I already had the supplies, so we got busy and fixed, sanded, painted, dry brushed and topcoated all the chairs to match.
Our guys, Mark and Taylor, repaired and scraped and sanded off the old paint. Then we primed with our HomeRight sprayer.
And then painted with our HomeRight sprayer. We mixed several colors to get the blue we had in mind and then sprayed every chair so they would match.
After it dried, we drybrushed gray to give it a weathered look and topcoated it with an exterior varnish.
Being on a tight budget doesn't mean we can't give great gifts. Of course it helps when you have family that appreciates every little thing and can see the effort you put in as the greater gift.