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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Green with Envy Sidetable

Well, here she is, number 7! And here's my first attempt at staging. Except that it's on my patio instead of inside - that's what only two windows in a living room will get you, along with the fast setting evening sun.

The picture below is the first "before" picture I remembered to take. The table had already been primed, I at least assume that's what was on it. But I didn't like the way it felt, it was just gross. So off it came with some 60 grit sandpaper and my orbital sander.

Getting into all the nooks and crannies without sanding too far down was a bit too hard. Still  learning here, but this is where I ended up. Next step was to tape off the top, since that was going to be stained instead of painted.

The first post I wrote was on choosing paint colors. Well, the name Katydid just caught my eye. Probably some complex with liking anything that sounds similar to me. But, Katydid did not look great on this piece of furniture. It's too bright. Is that because Fall is in the air and I'm craving dark warm colors? Maybe. But, this color just wasn't cutting it.

I stained the top in Cabot Dark Walnut wood stain, since that's what I had on hand. I think I let it sit for too long, but it ended up looking better on the end product. In this picture, it toned down the bottom color a bit, but still am not digging it at this point.

 Maybe distressing would help? I grabbed the orbital sander and stuck with the 60 grit for some heavy distressing. It just looks fake. Fake, fake, fake. This is really what my husband likes to tell me. It looks forced, like I'm trying to make it look old. Still learning.

 You can kind of see the primer through the distressing here.

Well in the end, I just rubbed heavy amounts of wood stain all over the side table, then rubbed some of the excess if it looked splotchy. I think it helped give it a mature, aged look. After everything dried, I went over the top with water-based polyurethane and over the bottom with Minwax clear wax. I'm happy with it!

I couldn't find the pull that came with the dresser. Did it even have one when I bought it? I don't know. None of the other pulls in the garage or house matched up to the holes. So, I had to just borrow some knobs from another piece. There they are, staring at you like headlights. The drawer and I will go to Lowe's tomorrow. I'm thinking bronze, something like the knobs.

So, below is the recap, beginning to end.

Table bottom
  • Paint - Valspar Signature Colors Katydid (CI240)
  • Distressing Technique - 60 grit sandpaper and Orbital Sander
  • Stain - Cabot Dark Walnut 
  • Wax - Minwax Clear Wax 

Table top
  • Stain - Cabot Dark Walnut 
  • Sealant - Rustoleum Waterbased Polyurethane

  What is your technique for changing a too bright paint color?

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  1. Great finish! I agree that the katydid isn't too wonderful, but your darkening it with stain made it look really fantastic.

  2. Your did a lovely job! It looks terrific! I would be delighted if your would link to Potpourri Friday, in progress!

  3. Stopping back by to say thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!

  4. Wow, so you didn't even change the paint color, you just stained it? It looks awesome! I would love for you to share this at my linky party that is live right now called Rustic Restorations Weekend. Newest follower :)

    1. Thanks so much for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  5. Very pretty, you did a great job!

  6. OMG - this turned out amazing! Looks like ANNIE SLOAN Versailles color1
    Beautiful job -
    Your newest follower - would love to have you come by for a visit and follow back when you have the time!

  7. I'm loving your little table. I didn't think the distressing looked forced, and at least your brave enough to distress it!

  8. Amazing what the stain did to tone down the bright paint. I love this finished look. Bravo on working at it til it came out beautifully!

    1. I forgot to say that I'm your new follower. I hope you'll stop over and follow as well if you like.

  9. So cool, I always love looking at posts like these! Checkout my post if you get a chance, I just blogged about ways to wear sweaters for the early fall season. Follow if you like what you see, let me know what you think, as always. :)


  10. WOW- the end result of your paint job is wonderful! Amazing how the distressing changed the tone of the piece. I'm still trying to perfect my painting techniques. I tend to like stain more so than dark waxing- seems as if I have more control. But I keep plugging along to try and perfect my skills. My garage is full of things to get started on! LOL.


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