Restored antique console table

I remembered that I had a gorgeous antique demilune table downstairs tucked away in a closet… It used to be my mother’s table and when she moved, I asked if I could adopt it. She was reluctant, but I promised I’d take really good care of it! Well, that didn’t happen… I’ve had it for over 10 years and I just keep moving it around. I thought it was time to take her out of the dark, dust her off and give her the honor of my first attempt with Annie Sloan’s chalk paint.

Here she is BEFORE :

Excuse the tricycle and everything else in the background… The garage has become my workshop and I ran outside at 8:30 last night to get this table finished, so I didn’t stage the shot like I normally would have… And yes, if you’re wondering, the white and blue frames on the left-hand side of the garage are projects I’m currently working on… There’s your sneak peek.

Isn’t she gorgeous!? Look at all of her nooks and crannies… I knew she’d look great all distressed… I don’t mind the olive green paint, but I knew all of those crevices would be beautifully highlighted by a lighter color.

Now that I had her up on the table, then came the big decision… Which paint color do I use… Louis Blue… Old White …? Or Paris Grey? I chose Old White! I wanted to keep the table simple and I wanted to be able to use her in the future in any room, no matter the color scheme or decor… I like options.

I only put one coat of paint on her, which is all you typically need with chalk paint… And I didn’t have to sand, prep, or remove any paint or varnish… The paint went right on… It was smooth sailing.

I left her in the garage to dry overnight, but I figured it was still better than being in a closet… I wished her a good night, shut the lights, and off to bed I went.

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her this morning, so I woke up at the crack of dawn and went right out to the garage… I bid her a good morning and then distressed the heck out of her with fine-grit sandpaper… I then coated her entirely with one coat of Minwax Paste Wax in Natural, which I applied with a thin cloth… The color of the wax gave the paint a wonderful tea-stained look to it… It just took the entire project up a notch.

*Note: If you are considering refinishing a piece of furniture yourself, and want to distress it, be careful… When you apply the wax finish coat, the wax will highlight the distressed areas even further, so keep that in mind when you’re sanding away.

I am REALLY happy with how she turned out (Sorry for the bad photos. We are overcast and very dark here today, so I did what I could):

So what do you think, Mom? Have I done your old table some justice? She has a new life and a new look I can’t wait to get started on the next project… Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is the bomb!

Speaking of getting started on my next project, and to follow up on my teaser from yesterday, I have some exciting news to share… I’ve been invited to participate in a very big deal barn sale next month… The people in charge of it only host it twice a year, in the Spring and in the Fall, and they only invite three or four other vendors to participate… I could wait until the Fall, but I’ve been encouraged by my husband and my close friends to dive right in, so I guess I will… I’ve never been one to “put off until tomorrow what you could do today” anyways… I’m super excited… My booth will have about 5 pieces of refinished furniture, a bunch of fantastic vintage finds, and a lot of architectural salvage… We decided I would start small and get my feet wet… It’s a wonderful opportunity and I’m so grateful for the invitation to join in the fun…I’m nervous and excited all at the same time… If you’d like to know where it will be held, send me an email and I’ll get you all of the fancy info… And if you’re wondering, the table in this post is staying with me… She has sentimental value and since I decide what sells and what doesn’t, I win… Ha!

Needless to say, I will be VERY busy for the next couple of weeks getting everything ready… I will share the experience with you and I hope you’ll enjoy the ride… Wish me luck!

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