i’m going to start out & state the obvious. i am not a great do-it-yourselfer. i’m not a great around the house project person. i’m impatient and perhaps lack precision in details. i can cast a great vision, but sorta like to move past the in-the-process phase. and to think when i was younger i thought it sounded so charming to buy an old home & renovate. while living in it. where did that come from?
so despite myself, i have a little story to share with you about my dining room table makeover.
our dining room is teeny tiny. in fact, if the space in our kitchen could hold more folks i’d probably recreate the aforementioned teeny tiny dining room into something else…like maybe a studio spot as recommended by my hubby….but i digress. so the table that’s in there was purchased about 18 years ago and was sort of a blond/pine color wood with a thick varnish/finish. over the years of getting soaked with late afternoon sun streaming in, it faded to an ugly uneven color. bleck! a couple years ago i sanded it down and removed as much of that ugly faded yellowish color & liked it a little better, but still not perfect.
here’s a little before shot ….obviously hidden under a kitchen paper table runner.
i honestly prefer the color choices of MMS’s paints ( photographed so lovely by my friend maria!). marian was super sweet and reached out to answer a few questions i posted on facebook months ago. she actually recommended for the type project i was beginning that maybe the chalk paint might be preferable….( ie–while i sanded the table it wasn’t stripped,etc). so i fully plan to try marian’s soon!
i also knew the paint & supplies were going to be quite an investment so i waited until i had a free weekend & a little extra cash in my account. ( for the quart of paint, wax, & brush i paid $150. gulp.)
so here’s the deal. i would HIGHLY recommend doing your own research. google & watch some you tube tutorials. they’re all over the place. someone recommended the perfectly imperfect blog & her videos helped me immensely!
i chose the paris grey. i wore gloves in an attempt to save my freshly painted nails. ha! and yes, that brush costs 60 bucks. whoa. but i knew if i was going to pay this much & attempt a project i already felt a little nervous about, that it would behoove me to purchase the correct goods. i did however pass on purchasing the wax brush. i bought some lint free cloths & they worked great!
the other little pieces in my teeny tiny dining room were these little cabinets. honestly. i purchased them at kmart twenty years ago. i hope we’ll still be friends. so yes, my dining room is tiny and it’s also humble. so yeah…i painted the blond tops of those babies as well.
i love this grey. it’s a cool neutral that almost has a tint of lavender & silver. ish.
madison hung out with me & gave me moral support. she came behind with a tiny art brush on the little cabinets. we painted those babies in no time.
the tables dried over night and the next morning began the tricky part. the waxing is the tricky part folks. now. let me also tell you, this table didn’t have any intricate wood work or detail so it was pretty easy to cover. annie sloan sells two types of wax. a dark & a clear. i really didn’t prefer the dark look for my home but you do have that option.
ok. so the wax. here’s the golden ticket. press the wax into the paint. like i may have tendonitis because i pressed that wax into the paint with all my glory. and yes. i called in recruits. ie: big strong hubby. and part b of the golden ticket-less is more with the wax. go light. very light. again, i used the cloths. just personal preference. so we pressed small areas at a time & then wiped off. pressed wax in small areas & wiped. and we even sweated. that’s how intense i pressed the wax in. i might have over achieved on that step.
i probably am not going to distress it. maybe i will later but for now, i absolutely love the look. love the color. love the finish. love love love! the glare is completely wonky in the iphone shots below as the table does NOT have a heavy shine. i’ll buff it tonight but i don’t want it to be shiny, but you can buff it to get it as shiny as your little heart desires.
caroline has a dark desk out in the garage that i promised her we’d paint after i conquered the dining room. since it’s a dark piece of wood i’ll be interested to see how it turns out. maybe two coats of paint instead of one? oh & that’s another thing…you can totally mix paints to achieve your own custom color.
have you experimented with either? i’m way late to the party, i realize that, but if you have & you’ve blogged about them, go ahead & share the link in the comments!