Well, I’ve been busy as well, getting ready for the barn sale. I officially have 2 small side tables, 2 desks, 2 chairs, and a buffet/sideboard. Phew… I’m getting tired just typing all of this. I’ve stretched dollars before, but how can you stretch a day? If anyone knows how to do that, let me know… Anyone? Anyone?
Without further adieu, here are the two side tables that are headed to the sale with me:
Again, I SO apologize for the poor quality of the photos. I’m really doing my best with this darn camera and lighting in my home. We are gray and rainy here again today and the unnatural light and shadows are just awful!!
Anywho, the round side table is actually a new table made to look old. This is her before:
I was working outside and realized after sanding the top that I hadn’t taken a before picture, so I quickly snapped one in haste.
She was a plain oak side table. I knew instantly that I could make her look richer, more sophisticated. So I stained the top in dark walnut and finished it off with a coat of dark wax. Then I painted the base in Annie Sloan Old White, distressed away, then gave the base a good healthy coat of Minwax Natural Wax. I think she looks so much better now.
I am in love with the dark finish on top:
And then since I showed my personal demilune redo and you all loved it so much, I thought I better bring one with me to the sale. I found this little beauty:
Well, actually she wasn’t so beautiful. She has a lot of cracks and the top layer was lifted up so I used some wood glue and clamped it overnight to dry. I put on one coat of Annie Sloan Paris Grey, then I dry brushed Old White over it to give it a classic French finish. I distressed it a fair amount and I realize it may not be for everyone, but I think it looks great.
What do you think?
You can really see all of the layers and detail in this shot: