Before I even got the paint out, I spent a while cleaning this beauty. I started washing down the wood with mineral spirits and then the denatured alcohol. Then rinsed her with warm water. There was so much dust, grime and chipping paint. Once the wood was dry, I did two coats of clear shellac by Zinsser to prevent any of the wood from bleeding through. Then I did one coat of ASCP in Graphite. I did this coat very rough with a rustic finish as I wanted it to mimic years of paint:
|Coat of ASCP in Graphite|
Then I got my clear wax on my wet brush to do another distressing technique:
I learned the wet brush with wax method from Nancy at the Sea Rose Cottage. This washes away the top color paint to show through the base coat (in this case black). Here you can see the subtleness of this technique. It lets the paint shine though without going to the bare wood:
I added two coats of clear wax and then dark wax to add to the distressed nature of the piece. Inside the drawer is a surprise of Emperor's Silk. Just the right punch of color for a dining room piece.
Here are some more images of the finished table. I really fell in love with her and it was quite hard to give her back.
|Top with dark wax and black paint shining through|
|Top & Side|
What do you all think of this makeover?