Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Chalk Paint Twins.. a Tip..a Teapot and a Morning Sky

 Hello friends....I loving that you still keep coming back for more of my shenanigans.
I have another refurbish for you.
A couple of Wednesdays ago (25% off everything) I was in my favorite Salvation Macy's and spotted a nice pair of solid wood side tables .
Great construction and a pretty design of wicker inserts on the doors.
Nice...sturdy, but a little outdated.

White Fine Furniture Co. was a very well respected manufacturer of classic wood pieces.

So to start the makeover process, I gave the pieces a coat of Annie Sloan Versailles chalk paint.
I really love this soft green shade. It is a very versatile color.

I decided to leave the top alone. Remember...I'm embracing the imperfections!
I don't want these pieces to look brand new and by leaving the top untouched, all it's former life character is intact.
You can still see they have a history...I like that.

 I am adding a soft wash of Old White over the Versailles to give a little depth.

 Take about a teaspoon of Old White and mix with a little water in a small bowl.
We are going for a loose cream consistency.
We want a wash and not an opaque coverage.

 Brush the wash on with a medium sized brush.

 Work a small area at a time because you don't want the wash to dry before you get a chance to wipe it off.
 Quickly wipe off the excess with a paper towel or rag.

This part goes pretty fast.

This photo shows the subtle difference between the washed table (left) and the unwashed (right).
I distressed both tables with a 220 fine grit sandpaper, concentrating on areas of normal wear.
As I sanded, some of the Versailles could be seen, which was a good thing.
I applied a coat of clear wax, let it dry and then buffed to a gorgeous soft sheen.
I have been asked about what I use to buff and I like using the secret agents old cotton t-shirts.

 I mentioned a tip in the post title...well here it is.
I might not be the first to share this. I heard about it on Miss. Mustard Seed's blog
I clean my wax brush with cooking oil.
I put a few tablespoons in the top of a plastic coffee can.

 Swoosh the brush all around to get the oil up in the bristles and let sit for a few minutes.
Then wash thoroughly in warm water and dish soap.

I then stand my brush up to let it dry and any water will flow down and out of the ferrule.
It comes out clean and soft.
I hope Ms. Annie approves of this method.

 So here they are all dressed in sparkly glass knobs and looking pretty spiffy.
Jewelry does that to a gal

She is distressed, but not upset.
A little green, but not with envy.

And not afraid to show off her legs now with her little brass heels.

 A pretty pair of twins indeed, in my shop and waiting for a new home!

 Here is the Teapot part of the post.
Today I found this lovely English teapot at a local consignment shop.
She was a steal and was calling my name.

 My teapot is quite heavy and has a beautiful wood handle.
Her interior is spotless.

Ok, Gretel...what can you tell me about this little princess.

 Isn't she fabulous in her design and functionality.
I just love her.

And now the sky part of this post.
The other morning it looked like my clouds were dripping down on me.
The temperature was cool..the sunrise was colorful and I was in heaven.

So that's it for today...what are you up to?
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Until next kind and stay creative.


Katie said...

Beautiful! Love the dimension you get with the wash.

Aprons and More said...

Nice! Those tables won't be there long! The teapot is cute!
Thanks for the sky...reminds us that the seasons will be changing soon! I could do without this heat!!

Katy :)

raggygirlvintage said...

You are too funny Janet!! I was interested to see how you did your wash, I haven't tried that yet with ASCP but I am wanting to! I like how you left the tops natural wood. Hope your "twins" find a good home soon:-)

Anonymous said...

Wow! It's unbelievable the difference once you get through with a piece. I just love the colors your choose. Katy is right; those tables won't last long at all. Beautiful sky shot, too!

Anonymous said...

I love little sparkly glass knobs on furniture! Nice job on these tables!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

The twins look fab.

Deanne said...

the twins are just gorgeous, if I lived closer I would consider buying them!

Bunny Jean said...

Those tables sure look different. I like the green very much, and those knobs finish it off so nicely.

Would you like to come show them off at my Bunny Hop Wednesday party? The linky is still up and running.

xoxo Bunny Jean @Bunny Jeans Decor and More!

Tweed Delights said...

VERY nice work Janet! Love that you left the tops untouched too - I know you appreciate a bit of history :)

Leslie said...

I know I say this almost every time I comment but YOU INSPIRE ME. Love what you did w/the twin tables, the step-by-step process w/photos, the tip and the gorgeous sunset. Oh & the teapot. Who doesn't love a good cup of tea?

Maggie said...

Just hopped over from Bunny Jean's place and stayed to admire your handiwork.
The chests look amazing now, great job!
Maggie @ Normandy Life

WhyCuzICan said...

Very sweet! Lovely pix and explantion of how you did this redo!

Very nice indeed!

Visiting from Bunny Jean's Bunny Hop linky party.

Smiles, Suzanne from Illinois

Annette said...

Very nice, Janet! I love that you left the top the way it was. I wasn't sure how the wicker would look but it turned out beautifully. And the teapot is a fabulous find. Did you have a cup of tea while watching that incredible sunrise?!

Amy W. said...

How I so look forward to dropping in on your blog!
Well for today, here in our small town of Holland....our President Obama has dropped in to tour our new LG Battery Plant. He was here for a few hours this noon, and has left.
To commerate his visit.....I busted out my brand new can of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint(Old White). With inspiration fueled by you and some other people I've conversed with, I went crazy with delight....placing the 1st coat on the frame of a mirror, a regular ole gilded gold frame, and a wooden bench that's been sitting around bugging the heebeegeebees out of my husband for a couple of years now! Won't he be surprised when he gets home today!!!
Also, last night...tried your wonderful squash recipe. My word!!!... my Southern transpanted to the North of a husband took one bite...his face all lit up like a Christmas Tree and asked...."What is in this"!!! I was asked to make this again over and over through-out the dinner!!!
So, thanks for sharing all of your creativity! It brightens my world up so much!
P.S. So admire what you did in dressing up the twins!! Just awesome work you do!! The teapot is adorable too!!

Little Blue Mouse said...

You should be proud of your twins, they look great.
I've never seen a brush like that before, it looks like it's stuck through a tea light!

Karen said...

The twins are fabulous, love their new look. I'm visiting from Bunny Jeans.

Bunny Jean said...

Thanks for bringing your cute little twins over to my Bunny Hop Party ;)

xoxo Bunny Jean @Bunny Jean's Decor and More!

Pamela said...

Your tables are great! Please stop by and visit for Treasure HUnt Thursday sometime!

missing moments said...

Amazing work you do ... and such fun finds!!!

Laura in IA said...

Wish I lived closer. I love everything you do. Keep up the inspiration and thank you.

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Beautiful finish on those tables! I just got the Versailles - love it!

andrea said...

What a beautiful post from start to finish. I enjoyed reading your tutotial. Very well written! And the cabs...those girls came out darling! Signing on as your newest follower, Andrea @ townandprairie

Gretel said...

Love the tables, they are transformed! your teapot is a very nice find, the company still make similar ones and a new one of these would set you back £139 direct from them. This I think is an early one, I'd say 1950's in the Deco style - good snag!

Hines-Sight said...

Great job! I am always so amazed.

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

This is fabulous, love the color, everything about it is so pretty!!!!

SarahB said...

Goodness, I can't believe how different those tables look, they are fabulous!!

Thanks for the tips on doing a wash, very useful.

Thanks also, for stopping by my blog - have become a follower of yours as it looks just my cup of tea!!

S x

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

What a beautiful transformation on the tables! I love the end result, so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

The distressed look is not my favorite but I love what you've done to these tables. Looks so much better! Thanks for showing the tables with and w/o the wash of white. The white glaze makes all the difference.

Also, I enjoy looking at your thrift store finds. You always seem to find unusual pieces w/lots of character.


Promosyon said...

It's unbelievable the difference once you get through with a piece. That same teapot my grandmother gifted to my sister on her birthday.

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