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Upcycled Indoor/Outdoor End Table ~ Just Like Pottery Barn!
Note: Where the edges of brown look like they have smudged white paint on them – they don’t. Again, it’s because of my very sad photography skills.
OK … so, don’t kill me … but it looks like I forgot to take a “before” picture of this table. I could have sworn that I took a picture of it months ago when I first brought it into the store … so maybe the secret cyber picture thief took it. Either way, if I come across it I will post again with a before/after shot.
Moving on, this is table that I picked up at a yard sale last year and I immediately envisioned it fixed up and sitting in my yard, or on a porch or deck. The table is wood, but the wood was dried out and looked really sad and tired. I knew, if possible, I wanted the top of the table to have a natural wood look with the sides and legs painted white and distressed for that shabby chic/cottage style look.
First, I rubbed (using an old t-shirt) the top and underside of the table with hemp oil. It took about 2 coats to revive it because the table was really dehydrated, so it slurped it right up. It made the top look happy and perky!
Then I painted (two thin coats) the legs and sides using CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White. Once the second coat dried I did some light distressing. As I usually do, I started with all of the edges. Once the edges were done, I decided that I liked the look as it was, so I left the distressing at that.
For a finish I used two different products. I used CeCe Caldwell’s Satin Finish on the top and underside – simply because I wanted those areas to cure a little faster since, more than likely, the top of the table will be heavily used. Then, I used CeCe Caldwell’s Clear Wax on the all of the area that was painted white. What ended up happening (which I really, really liked) is that the top had a little bit more of sheen to it, while the white parts of the table had a very muted sheen.
So, this my indoor/outdoor end table. Come on in to the store and check it out!
Rainy Day Painting – Zen Time
So, while everybody on the planet (ok, so I’m exaggerating a little) is getting snow, here in Philly we are getting rain – again. It’s bad enough that I can’t control the weather, but in the past few days I can’t control my hair, either … rain = frizz.
So, while I’m here at the store – which has been pleasantly picking up through word of mouth – I’ve decided to paint. So, I’ll share what I’m up to.
I forgot to take a “before” picture of this shelf that I just finished, but here are the “after” pictures. I used CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk and Clay paint – the color is Smokey Mountain Gray. I simply slapped it on (literally) and let it dry – which took no time at all. I then distressed it using a damp cloth and let that dry. I lightly coated it with a water-downed layer of CeCe Caldwell’s Satin Finish and let that dry. Finally, I applied CeCe Caldwell’s Clear Wax (which I LOVE so much) and buffed it with a dry rag.
This whole process took me about 2 hours – INCLUDING drying time between all the steps! Sooo easy!! Here it is (and please remember that I am seriously shitty photographer, but I’m working on that):
Since, it’s so dreary here, I’m getting ready to work on a small stool that I got from who knows where …. knowing me, I probably “trash-picked” it. Either way, it’s gonna go from Ugly to Lovely in 2 hours. I’ll be sure to share the “After” … 🙂