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Jane – A Contemporary Farm Table

Day one of my self inflicted five day challenge of painting and posting one piece of furniture per day. I decided to start with the dining table. Go big or go home right? Meet Jane:

She was in bad shape when we picked her up from one of our local thrift stores. Notice the table top varnish is cracking and chipping off?

The base is a retro contemporary design that looks to be from the 60’s era, matched with a thick tabletop. She needed to be brightened up a bit and I knew that I wanted to take advantage of all the knicks and scratches on the top!

I started with a light sanding by hand to make sure there weren’t any rough edges. I then took a watered down solution of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Old White, and began a random pattern of brushing on and wiping off until I achieved the balance I was looking for. Next, I applied one coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax (applied with a brush and buffed with a clean dry cloth), followed by one coat of Annie Sloan Dark Wax (also applied with a brush and buffed with a clean dry cloth) over the entire tabletop.

This was the first time I used the dark wax so liberally, and let me just say that I LOVE the result! I would totally keep this table for myself if it was the right scale for my dining room!

I chose ASCP in Duck Egg Blue for the base — Just one thick coat, distressed, with a coat of clear wax to finish.

The base brings in just a little pop of color that accents the natural looking tabletop so well!

This was such a fun project, one of my favorites for sure! I can’t wait to paint my next dining table!

Jane has been posted on Craigslist here.

Lots of love,

Hayden – The coolest antique cedar chest you’ve ever seen

Hayden was inspired by a recent piece I saw done by Miss Mustard Seed. She painted stripes on a beautiful antique chest. You can view this piece in her portfolio here. I thought of the cedar chest I had sitting lonely in my upstairs hallway. Perfect!

Here’s my finished product — isn’t she beautiful? I named her “Hayden” because she’s just about the coolest looking antique cedar chest you’ve ever seen! (This one’s for you, Em!)

Here you can see the before-pic. Can you believe that I picked up this beauty for only $20 at Goodwill? It was “50%-off Saturday” and I actually showed up at 9 am when the store opened to get it at that price.

It needed some repair. I started by gluing down the lifting veneer pieces. (This took 24 hours to fully dry.)

Then, the taping job. Using my painters tape, I measured and starting taping as close to the middle as possible and worked my way out. Perfection is never my goal (and not expected), but I wanted to achieve as much symmetry as I could.

When applying the paint, I used a rag and a whitewash solution of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Pure White. Making sure not to get the cloth too wet, I scrubbed the paint onto each stripe, one at a time. To ensure the solution didn’t bleed through the tape, I also pushed down the tape while applying the paint.

The piece was distressed lightly to break up the stripes a little bit. Then, I toned down the stripes with a rag-rubbed coat of Minwax bombay mahogany wood stain. Lastly, I finished it with AS clear wax. I’m in love with the way she shows her age — but with such a trendy, modern twist! I was glad to find that the interior is also beautiful cedar and fully intact — so practical for storage.

I’m so very pleased with the results! And so happy that I’ve decided she’s mine! :)  Sorry folks, this one’s not for sale.

Lots of love,

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Henry – An English modern buffet & hutch

Drum roll please…introducing Henry — a modern English buffet & hutch. Henry fit as a name from the very beginning because of his masculine shape and bold lines. It’s such a heavy piece, too! 

Yes, I’ve softened him up a bit, but I like to think he found love :)

Do you remember what he looked like before?

I used a watered-down solution of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White, brushed on, then wiped off with a rag. It took me way longer than expected due to all the detailing.

Then, when dry, I did some extra distressing with an ultra-fine sanding block. He was finished off with a coat of AS Clear Wax.

Contemporary satin nickel pulls were chosen to accent the modern block design on the doors and drawers.

The inside was left to its natural wood finish to coordinate with all the distressing.

I especially LOVE how the top of the buffet turned out. The grey tones really popped out between the wood undertones and white highlights.

Henry was a surprise. I knew I wanted to use a whitewash solution, but was very surprised when the detail popped out during the wipe-off and distressing process.

I have posted Henry for sale on Craigslist here. I hope he finds a welcoming home.
**Update: Henry is now SOLD!**

Lots of love,

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