10 step DIY by Maria LaBelle.
Maria is my Facebook friend on a furniture painting page who does beautiful work. Two things caught my eye when I saw her project – the crisp clean look and the use of Java Gel, a new product I just picked up but haven't used yet.
The 10 step process turning a French provincial drum table into a beauty starts with the "before":
Maria said, "My son saw this table by the curb and quickly loaded it into his car. It is in near perfect all-wood condition except for her top, which had some of the finish removed. "
Maria shares her 10 step process:
1. I sanded the top to bare wood, finding 3 species, a very small section of burl in the center, pecan, and a poplar edge.
2. I first applied one coat of Zinsser water-based primer to the areas to be painted.
3. After drying, I lightly sanded with 240 grit to smooth out any rough or uneven spots. The base was then painted with home-made calcium carbonate paint (recipe) using Valspar Cream in my Coffee, an antique white.
4. It was later hand waxed with Annie Sloan clear wax, buffing to a soft sheen once it was no longer tacky.
5. I knew I wanted a dark top, so I used General Finishes Java Gel Stain.
The 3 species were not taking the stain the same so I decided to apply the Java gel with a wooden handle foam applicator, quickly smoothing it out WITHOUT wiping it off. This produced a beautiful deep brown which hid the woods' inconsistencies.
6. After 72hrs, the stain was sealed with 3 coats of General Finishes High Performance Water-based Top Coat allowing 24 hr drying time between each coat.
7. I removed & cleaned the original hardware with BarKeeper's Friend (a scouring metal cleanser) and an old toothbrush.
8. When they were completely dry, I sprayed them with Rustoleum metal primer.
9. I finished it off using Rustoleum Metallic Oil-rubbed Bronze spray the next day.
10. Lastly, to complete her new look, I lined the inside floor with taupe and white floral "Contact" brand drawer liner product. She's now a modern, yet classic, French Beauty!!
"Hello, my name is Maria LaBelle. I have been a Microbiologist for the past 33 years and began to refinish unloved unwanted furniture a few years ago as a way to unwind from the stress of my job. It soon became very therapeutic. I started out refinishing for myself, then my children. Now I refinish to resell."
Thanks for sharing your project with us, Maria! Visit Maria's business FB page, Refashioned Furniture to see more of her projects.
I'll share another one of her side tables soon, along with a Java Gel tutorial. If you'd like a PDF with 4 Homemade Chalk Type Recipes, I'll send them to you via email. You will also receive some free stuff like word art and tips and tutorials here and there, about once a month.
Until then, be amazing!
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