Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Antique Refinish

While in California, I met with a client who was in need of a table face lift!  She hated her dinning room table, but didn't want to get rid of it until she tried seeing what it would look like refinished.  I went to Kim's house and met with her to decide what look she should go for.  She and her husband live less than a mile from the beach, must be difficult!  They have the most adorable beach cottage, but something was missing.  There wasn't enough blues used in her home.  What says beach more than the color blue, right?!?  The only room that had blue was in the living room and it looked great.  So that was it, we were going with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duck Egg. 

Before the table and chairs were screaming "make me pretty again"! They looked like this(my before picture of the table didn't turn out, but this gives you an idea)...

After the "Face Lift"...

I painted the entire chairs with ASCP, then put a clear wax all over.  After the wax dried I distressed corners with 220 grit sand paper block. Touching it up with dark wax to give it that aged antique look. 

The top of the table was stripped and sanded with 220 grit sand paper.  I left some patches of the old stain to give it character when I re-stained it with Annie Sloan Dark Wax.  Using the wax to stain is a lot faster and still gives a great look.

Next came the fun part.  Taking my hammer and beating it up!  This is great to get your aggression out.  I also added divots into the wood with a sharp blade.  I used ASCP Paris Grey and detailed around the edge of the table, and in the new, but old inspired divots on the top of the table.

She loves the way it looks, and I couldn't be more pleased!  What do you think?

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David and Jessica said...

Your niece, Angela told me about your blog...so I am now a follower :) I think it looks fantastic!! It inspires me to refinish a few of my old ugly pieces. It's amazing what a little paint and TLC can do!! :) Great job!!

Ang and Shawn said...

i. love. it.

but i don't know what the hell 220 grit is. . . or ascp?

maybe you should teach me a lesson on the basics?

The Rustic Alley said...

Sand paper comes in different grits (roughness). 220 is a very fine sand paper. I like to use the blocks rather than the sheets of sand paper. ASCP stands for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. It is a brand of paint. Look up a local dealer to find it, this isn't paint that they have at hardware stores. It seriously is so great! A must try! Hope that helps. :)

Restoration House Interiors said...

This set is so yummy! You did a great job! Be sure and hop on over to my blog and check out my latest projects and passions too! Officially a follower! Thanks for sharing!

Lindsay said...

Great job on your table and chairs they are so beautiful, I love the color you picked. Cute blog too. I am your newest follower.


Pamela said...

Looks fabulous!

Anonymous said...

This turned out amazing! I'm doing a round table right now and this gives me some inspiration :)

Gwen@theboldabode said...

It's gorgeous! Those chairs had some seriously great bones and you gave them a beautiful make-over.

tgrops said...

What was the color of stain you used for the tabletop?

The Rustic Alley said...

It is dark wax by Annie Sloan. Anytime I can use wax as stain I do. It is way less messy and a lot faster drying time!

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