Monday, September 26, 2011

Paint and Wax

We have been doing way too much Weekend Warrior work around this house.  This weekend was no exception.  The contractor called and said they will be starting work on our roof, gutters and paint next weekend.  That meant all the clean up had to be done this weekend.  I am exhausted.  Over grown shrubs have been removed and hauled off.  Trellis' have been unscrewed from the house and plants cut down as far as I could handle!  A bubble bath is calling my name.


I have been putting off some furniture painting waiting for the weather to get cooler. This weekend was gorgeous.  Since we were outside anyway I went ahead and did two little tables in dire need of a face lift.  You have all heard my spiel about Annie Sloan Chalk Paint before.  No sanding or prep required.  Just paint and finish with wax.  Perfect for me.


I picked up this french provencal style side table at a second hand shop a few years back.  It is sturdy and solid wood.  I like the lines and loved the price.  I have never loved the finish.  Honey Maple-ish...


Three kids and a hearth room will do this to furniture even if you provide coasters!


Olive and country grey are its new colors.  


Clearly, I abstained from my OCD nature and only put two stripes of the country grey around the table.  I would have been oh so happy to highlight every curve and spindle but I didn't just to be different this time.  It is finished of with clear wax. 


We have had this pine entry table for years.  It is another second hand shop purchase.  There is a sweet little drawer hidden underneath.  It has been well loved both here and before our house. After years of waxing and neglect I have given in to painting it.


Paris grey seemed like a nice neutral color.  


Just one shade off the blue walls in the bathroom...whoops!  A little to matching for my liking but so much better than the state it was in.


I sanded it down just enough to highlight the curves.  As much as I wanted to add a second color...again, I did not.  Fearing that every piece was going to turn into the same repetitive processed looking item.  


Some sanding on the top to  show the pine below.  Right about this time my husband came wandering in.  "Honey, next time make sure you paint some extra stuff on the legs or something.  Not just one color!"  Are you kidding me?  Here I was thinking I was getting a little too crazy with the paint and he likes it like that.  Heaven forbid he tell me so in the first place.  The very best part of the process was being able to start and finish this process in two hours.  They were back in their original places in no time.  It is almost as fast as painting with spray paint without the fumes...

13 comments:

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

WOW!!! I'm impressed with how awesome the tables turned out! I've heard that paint is wonderful..and expensive...
Fun to see how you keep your story books.
Deb

Mama Bell said...

Thanks for the tip about the paint! I have been putting off painting a couple of similar tables because I lack the know-how! You encouraged me. . .I think I will venture out of my comfort zone and try it! Great job and LOVE your blog!

tammyCA said...

No sanding? I need to check this paint out.

GardenofDaisies said...

Very nice! You really don't have to sand or do any prep work??? Sounds like a paint I could love! I love your platters, and the little fridge and all the books in the enamel pan too.

laurie -magpie ethel said...

I read another post on that paint and was thinking of giving it a shot. I have a dining room table that I love, love the shape of, but not so much the finish. May need to give it a whirl!

good luck with roof/gutter/paint...BIG job!

Kim K. said...

I'm sharing this post with my Mom. She's the queen of redoing furniture with paint. We might need to do some playing based on your recommendations. Gorgeous pieces, Renee. I love your color choices and the detailing.

Miss Holly said...

Fantastic job on the tables......I love painted tables they have such a homey feel to them.....I am going to have to check out this paint I think.....

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Sorry, I can't concentrate on the little table because I'm distracted by the cute boxy looking thing sitting on top of it! What is that????

Thanks for signing up for my give away! ♥

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I'm hearing such good things about that paint! It sure looks nice.

Nan said...

These came out great and you are so good at this.

Lynn said...

Wow, those tables look great with their new paint job!! You did a wonderful job on the paint. I have never heard of that brand or type of paint. I will have to check and see if it is available in our area.
Hugs,
Lynn

birdie blue said...

didn't they turn out perfectly, renee. i love when my husband give me unsolicited advice on one of my projects. i respond better sometimes, than others.

xo
molly

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Revisited your post on the chalk paint. Can in hand and will be my project for the weekend. Wish me luck!