I ‘inherited’ a lovely half circle table from my mom. I think I took it from her basement about 14 years ago, and when I first got it I spray painted it black (it had already been painted that way but needed a touch up). A few years later I decided to strip it, but when I was done stripping the paint I liked the way it looked. You could see the black, and some of the wood peeking through, and I knew it wouldn’t look good stained, so I left it as is. I think I gave it back to mom, and she returned it again. It’s been sitting in my house but I just didn’t love it the way I used to.
As is often the case I suddenly found inspiration to do something with it this weekend. Using first a paper rag, then a paper towel I took a small container of sample paint and ‘painted’ it on. The idea was I wanted the piece to look light, and bright, but still retain the dark character of the black and brown tones underneath. I wanted it to be sort of shabby chic. One of the great things about the style, is that you can mess up without it looked terrible. A ding in your surface or a not so perfect paint job is ok. It can add character and depth to your home decor. It also happens to be VERY forgiving when it comes to the mess that kids make.
Here’s a video of my explaining what I’m doing. Just ignore my much in need of a haircut hair.
I did one coat of a lightly toasted white on Saturday, and let it dry, thinking I might come back with either a second coat, or a different color afterwards. After I looked at it for a day I realized I liked it just the way it was in spots, and reapplied a first coat in spots I missed, and a second coat on the spots I used the rag (it wasn’t the right absorbency to coat it the way I want to.
It seriously took me all of 20 minutes even with a few ‘helpful interruptions’.
Here’s a video of me applying the paint so you can see how super easy it is.
All you need for this project is:
- paper towels
- sample can of paint-you can buy these for $1-$5 depending on where you’re shopping
That’s it! Total cost was $0 for me since I already had the little sample for our family room.
While I had every intention of finishing up the project with a coat of poly to keep the surface from wearing too much, I didn’t end up having time to due to a crazy schedule with appointments and phone calls this week.
I’m also not certain if I want to add the gloss to it, as I kind of adore the worn look the table has now. What do you think, would you add a coat of poly? Now to figure out where this beauty will live. By the front door? Maybe. In the upstairs hall? Possibly.
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