Accent Table Turns a New Paige – Pure and Original Fresco Lime Paint
They all were just passing her by…
We named her “Paige”.
Here she is in her original home before she became mine. She was one of many at an estate sale:
Paige was pretty scratched up and worn out, but she had good bones. We snatched her up and packed her in with all the other pieces we found that day and took her home. She was an after thought. Why not? She had potential.
After flipping her over, we could tell she had been handcrafted by the pencil marks that were still visible.
The top had a bunch of deep scratches. That took a bit of effort using my hand sander to get a nice surface for staining. I hand sanded the rest to make sure it had tooth.
definition #5: a roughness of surface produced by mechanical or artificial means
Tape off & spray primer.
You can roll or spray on the primer, the (afflinks) Wallprim, but not the Fresco. You will lose the dramatic nuances of the paint color if you don’t use a brush. For the Fresco, I used a special Chinese pig-haired brush from Pure and Original.
I taped off the top to save it for later. I sprayed on the Wallprim using my (afflink) HomeRight Finish Max. The (afflinks) Frog Tape worked well. As you can see, the Frog Tape is along the edge of the table – the green tape you see criss crossed on the top isn’t frog tape, it’s just the cheapo paint tape you can get anywhere for pennies.
To spray, I started out with it upright and then flipped it over to make sure the sprayer got to every inch, including the underneath.
Paint on the Fresco Lime Paint.
After the primer dried, I painted it with the (afflink) Fresco Lime Paint, in the color of Heavy Clay, using the specialty brush. It is actually a bit more gray than you see online in swatches. The color variations made by the lime make for a nice one-of-a-kind look – which is one of the best parts of being a furniture flipper. You can turn out some great, artistic type pieces that no one else has.
To seal it, I used P & O’s Dead Flat Eco Sealer for a topcoat. After doing so, I read I was supposed to wait 7 days. Oops. BUT… eventhough I didn’t follow directions, fortunately it turned out beautifully! The variance of color adds dimension.
Stain the top.
Next I removed the tape and newspaper so I could stain the top with (afflink) General Finishes Java Gel. One coat was sufficient, but decided on a second to add more richness.
I topcoated it with (afflink) General Finishes Wipe On Poly, which is oil base. I’ve finally found an oil base finish that is easy to apply and looks great! One thin coat is all that is needed at this point.
Stencil the top.
It didn’t seem finished, so I stenciled a FolkArt Mandalla on the top and added a couple more layers of poly. I started out with a grayish brown acrylic paint and accented with a lighter color.
I added another three coats of the wipe on poly using a folded up strip of an old t’shirt – that way I could just throw away the t’shirt piece when I was done. Easy Peasey.
The wipe on poly gave a nice sheen – here you can see the reflection of the vase on the table top. There is something about a bit of sheen that makes the whole piece look valuable. I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.
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Thanks for visiting – I have several more project tutorials in the works. Two more end tables and a hallway reveal that includes brand new barn door hardware…and lots more coming down the pike!
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