I am excited to show all of you my first, completed Chalk Paint project! I used Paris Gray with clear and dark wax for this little, Parisian table.
I found this vintage table at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago with Mr. Rubbish. I offered the guy $2 and he said no, but he would sell it for me for $5. I decided to take it and Mr. Rubbish was not happy about it. He said it is beyond hope and that I wasted $5. I felt kind of bad about buying it, but I was determined to prove him wrong.
I loved the way the legs are shaped and my favorite part about it is the vintage caster wheels. I admit, it was in need of major help, though. You could see the screw holes and the line joining two pieces of wood in the top and the legs all had ill-repaired cracks that were quite visible. I just filled all the screw holes and cracks with wood filler. You do not actually have to primer when using Chalk Paint, but I primered the top of the table anyway because it was in such bad shape and I figured an extra coat would help mask the problems.
|Aren't the caster wheels cute?!!|
After the stencil dried, I sanded it to distress and then applied clear wax and rugger brown wax (both Fiddes & Sons) over the tabletop and legs. Miss Mustard Seed has a great tutorial here on how to apply the waxes and where to purchase the Fiddes & Sons waxes for only $14 per can.
This was my first time using the dark wax (I usually use glaze) and it was a little tricky. I just used a tiny bit of dark wax on my brush and applied it in sections, blending it over the clear wax.
I bought two, large, vintage stencil brushes, with natural bristles, on ebay for $9 each, to use for the wax and they worked great! I did not want to spend $35 for a wax brush from the Chalk Paint stockists, especially when I would need two of them (one for the clear and one for the dark wax). I will show you a picture of the wax brushes I found in my next post.
I really love the two finials in the center of the table base. The are actually made of iron. Conveniently, the Chalk Paint is designed to stick to metal as well as wood, so it had no problem adhering.
I found a wonderful independent thrift shop by my house with excellent prices. I got a whole bag of vintage, hardback books for $5, the other day! I took them home, removed the covers and made book bundles for the shop.
I have been coming across old, skeleton keys at yard sales and I've been snatching them up for $1 each.
I think the strange, little table, with all the cosmetic problems, turned out pretty cute in the end!
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