What a beautiful weekend.
Sister sleepover with pedicures Saturday night, pizza with family after church this afternoon, and a newly painted console table.
Does it get any better? 🙂
My three kids spent the night with my sister Friday night, and with Mr. Wonderful away on a snowmachine trip, I didn’t have to think long about where I would spend my evening.
At my favorite thrift store. Of course 🙂
Have you been admiring all the pickled, whitewashed and driftwood-style furniture pieces we’ve been seeing everywhere for the last year or so? I love this Durham collection of tables from Ballard Designs:
Here it is hung above our dining room table, missing a few bulbs 🙂
We own many traditional dark wood pieces, so I’ve been trying to vary it a bit in this new house with some lighter tones and a bit more of a modern feel. I’ve noticed that once I start loving a certain look, I tend to see it everywhere.
What is really fun is when I start to see that new look’s potential in a thrift store find. Which is what happened on Friday when I came across this:
Yes, there’s a bit of metal.
And yes, there’s quite a bit of wood. (Matter of fact, the top cut of wood is quite beautiful…)
I immediately pictured some Oil-Rubbed Bronze spraypaint on the metal…a whitewash finish on the wood (which I had never tried but was itching to do…)…a bit of negotiating with the owner, and before I knew it the table was in the back of my truck. Woohoo!
I had done some reading recently on whitewashing and staining, layering paints and stains to create a timeworn look. I was very excited to try it.
***I must apologize for the next series of pictures. The Auto-Focus on my camera was switched to Manual Focus and I couldn’t figure out how to change it until I dug out the instruction manual. The problem is now fixed, but I was so excited to begin my painting project I didn’t want to take the time to fix the focus. The good news is that I FOUND my manual and am already learning so many new things about my camera! I should have read it a year ago 🙁
First I removed the wood portions of the table by unscrewing them from underneath. I then primed the metal with Kilz primer and spraypainted with Krylon’s Oil-Rubbed Bronze. Oh, this bronze leaves an amazing finish, very similar to the barrel of a rifle with its rich depth and shine…
Then came the experimental part. My heart actually started to beat faster as I entered new territory. Isn’t that funny? 🙂
I mixed up a whitewash solution based on a 50/50 recipe. I used a quart of white I already had, poured it into a little plastic cup (about 1/4 cup worth) and then added about as much water until I had a pretty loose consistency. I then used a Purdy paint brush to apply the whitewash in sections, wiping off with a white cloth as I went. I wish I had better pictures of this process, but I was so nervous to try this new technique I was afraid to stop and shoot pictures in case my paint dried too quickly. This is a shot of what this whitewash technique produced:
When I first saw the whitewash streaks against the pebbly/mushroom color, I almost danced with joy. I LOVED it! It was exactly the look I was going for, and I couldn’t wait to do the top portion of the table.
However, I then faced a dilemma. Was the whitewash a bit too cool for my house? Did I want to tone it down a bit, warm it up?
After hauling the wood pieces upstairs and laying them out where I wanted the table, I decided that although I loved the whitewash, I knew I needed to warm it up a bit by applying (yikes!) a walnut stain over the whitewash.
I must admit to you here and now that I have never done three layers of paint/stain before. I was entering new territory, but oh my, was my adrenaline pumping 🙂
Using a foam brush, I began to liberally “paint” on the Minwax Walnut Stain and then wipe off with my large supply of white cloths. Here, I did pause to snap a couple of pictures so you could see how the stain began to warm up the whitewash:
And now, here it is with its new whitewash/stained and bronze finish:
What do you think?
Isn’t that an amazing transformation?
Here’s a close-up of the whitewash/stained top:
What a very fun accomplishment over the weekend 🙂
In addition, I’ve tackled a new painting technique that has boosted my confidence and will open up new possibilities for my furniture refinishing. That’s very exciting to me.
You will notice I have placed this console table in my hallway. The painting is oh so close to being done in this space. I have hung some artwork on the walls…now I just need some meaningful accessories on the table and some cute runners for the floors….and the hallway will be finished.
I am heading to the big city this week to shop for a few of these very things. I’m already praying I’ll find exactly what I’m looking for at very amazing prices.
Blessings on your week 🙂