Monday, July 5, 2010

The "Sample" Table


A told a friend of a friend I would refinish a couple of furniture pieces for her daughter's bedroom,with the request being some sort of distressed light to medium light blue finish. I haven't seen the pieces but was told that they are stained dark and have some architecture. So, instead of experimenting on a sample cabinet door, I decided to practice on a side table that I had not used since for awhile.

After cleaning and a light sanding, I distressed it with a metal kabob skewer.  Other distressing tools that are good are screwdrivers, hammers and even banging keys that are strung together, however, sometimes depending on the wood, the "key bang" techniquecan end up looking like a bunch of chickens ran across it.  I didn't do any priming because I painted it with Behr's All in One Paint and Primer. After the paint dried, I distressed some of the edges using a razor blade.

I then brushed on and wiped off a chocolate colored glaze to sort of tea stain the piece (very subtle) and highlight some of the architecture.
I then dry brushed a cream colored paint over the piece... 

and wiped off  and  softened the areas.



To darken the feet, I rubbed on some Antique Mahogany Stain and Seal. You can see some of my skewer distressing (holes).

Below is the finished table. Since the piece is a "sample" table (I am not going to keep this finish), I did not topcoat it with polyurethane like I normally would.

15 comments:

  1. Simply gorgeous! You really have a knack for this! I love the beautiful blue and all of the distressing is perfection!

    I hope you had a wonderful 4th!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  2. I love it, Im planning of re-painting a dark wood hutch that I just purchased again from Craigslist. Im going to use it in my kitchen but I need to paint it black. Im thinking of putting other colors underneath so when I distress you can see it. But I love the blue, I have that color scheme in my bedroom and you've just inspired me to maybe paint one of my dressers. Thanks for sharing

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  3. Hey, Lucky 7 Design... in regard to distressing with different layers of color, have you ever color-blocked? It is a super-easy technique that can look really good with a little practice.

    Lori

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  4. Gorgeous. I love to refinish old pieces. You have done a great job on this one!

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  5. It looks beautiful! I'd be proud to display your guinea pig!

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  6. What a beautiful piece! I'd be honored if you would come by and submit one of your re-dos on my first ever link party Vintage Suitcase Friday!

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  7. I think the table turned out lovely!!

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  8. wow, i really like how that came out. I think the skewer is going to be one of my new techniques! I love that color. Nice job! and thanks for visiting and saying such nice things about my blog!

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  9. Thanks for linking up to Vintage Suitcase Friday!

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  10. I think you should put a few coats of poly on this piece and call it done!!!! It's beautiful! I love the shape of it too!

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  11. Fabulous! I love the distressing you did. Your friend so lucky to have you!

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  12. This looks really great! I love the color.

    Thanks for checking out my blog! :)

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  13. You have such an eye for interesting pieces of furniture, and the good fortune to find it.

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