So typically Vicki and I lean towards the cleanness of a neutral color pallet when we are painting furniture, but for this project we decided to do something a bit different!
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Yes, this particular one was in very rough shape which included cracks everywhere and a rough finish, but it was sturdy and we knew we would be able to fix it.
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It took quite a lot of our favorite wood filler to correct all the cracks on this piece but it definitely worked! I used a putty knife for most of it, but for the very small, fine cracks it was easier to just use my finger. (Just make sure to wipe your finger off a lot and then wash it.)
After the filler was dry we took our medium grit sanding block and sanded the entire piece. After that, we checked the wood filler spots in case we needed to apply more since it is prone to shrink up. Sometimes you will need to add a 2nd or maybe even 3rd layer before painting, but don’t forget to sand again.
For this table I pictured it in a mustard yellow right away and ordered a can of Annie Sloan’s “Arles” specifically for this piece! I was so excited to try a bright color and do something different!
I applied 2 coats to the entire piece, but did a watered down 3rd coat on the table top, drawer, and bottom shelf just to make sure it was covered completely.
Next was the fun part! I decided this rustic piece needed some distressing to finish it off! Once the final coat was completely dry I took a fine grit sanding block and lightly distressed the entire piece, mostly around the corners and edges.
The wonderful thing about working with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is that it distresses so well! You don’t need much pressure or arm strength to create the look you want.
This piece was then finished with Furniture Wax. Adding the wax not only gave the piece a protective layer and nice sheen, it also enhanced the color very beautifully. I applied two coats for the top and bottom shelf just for added protection.
A lot of people like to pair the Arles with dark wax after their clear wax to give it an antiqued look. I toyed with that idea for a while, but after looking at the finished product I really enjoyed the bright color of this table so I decided to leave the pure yellow on the piece.
How cute and fun is this little table?! It was definitely given a new and improved life and will be a great statement piece for virtually any room!