The other day, while shopping at the local thrift store, I stumbled upon these beautiful solid wood end tables. So I snatched them up and brought them home while images and ideas flashed through my head on the possibilities.
I loved the grain on the wood, just not the stain. And I knew I wanted to do something turquoise because it is such a bold, yet versatile color.
So I started to work with a vision. I spent several hours, broken into thirty minute blocks, on these babies.
And in typical, artistic fashion, I was so excited I did not take before photos. Lame.
I started by sanding everything down, paying close attention to the tops to get every bit of the old stain off.
I then painted the drawer and base of each with this lovely turquoise called Island Breeze.
Once dry, I stained the top with a deep brown color (ebony) and sealed it with some clear polyacrylic minwax.
Now for the fun part! I got to distress each piece. I feel that if you are refinishing furniture and want to distress the paint, go big or go home.....
I was so pleased with how the sanding brought out the details of the piece and gave the tables a vintage, antique, shabby chic feel.
Here is a sideways picture of up to this point.
I had some trouble with the minwax bubbling. I'm not sure if it was the humidity that day or what. So I had to re-do the tops. Ugh. But I wanted them to be perfect, so I resanded, restained, and resealed. And it worked. Thank goodness=)
Lastly, I painted the drawer pulls and reattached. Then I got out my camera and started snapping away.
Here are some pics of the finished product!
I love the faux key hole.
Overall, I am pleased.
I posted these to FB last night and have a couple people interested already! That makes me feel good.
Like, I am on the right track and my taste is appreciated and my effort isn't wasted.
Plus, its always nice when a hobby you love can turn around and make a little extra spending money.
Anywho, I will be doing a garden/chicken update in the very near future so be on the look out for that!