Sunday, September 22, 2013

French Tables

I finally painted two out of the three tables that I scored for $10 total back in July.
For the first table my original plan was to sand and stain (Minwax Dark Walnut) the top, which I did, and then paint the base white and glaze with brown, which I did. Unfortunately it did not look good--at all.  The brown glaze went into the details of the table, but then was streaky on all the flat parts.  Also, I could still see the brown flecks that were in the original paint job through the white.
When in doubt, paint it black!  Two coats of black paint, lightly distressed, a layer of Martha Stewart metallic glaze in black coffee, sealed with Minwax finishing paste and I was happy.  I also coated the hardware and hinges with gold Rub n' Buff.
I added the detail of the gold Rub 'n Buff to the insides of the doors because I had to sand them down a bit to get them to close again. It took me a little bit of time to come up with this solution though. 

Since I had the trouble painting the first table white, I decided to paint the second table black as well. Although it wasn't to create a matched set--they sold separately. 
I chose to strip the top with a very harsh stripper.  It worked nicely, but was so stinky that I would not use it again.  Instead of using more toxic chemicals like stain, I used my new favorite technique on the top--coconut oil.
I absolutely love the color of the wood with the coconut oil!
I finished the table the same way as the other, except thankfully I didn't have trouble with the doors closing.

When I have issues with pieces, I wind up taking a lot more time to finish them then they should take.  I get discouraged and overwhelmed.  Thankfully they came together in the end and when they sold quickly, they renewed my energy to keep painting!


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36 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I can see why it sold quickly!!

    -andi

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  2. I love, love, love the style of these tables and the refinish is stunning. Wow, so pretty. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that will go live tomorrow afternoon. www.astrollthrulife.net Hugs, Marty

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  3. Can't go wrong with black and I love Martha Stewart metallic glaze! Lovely Susan!
    Lisa

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  4. Beautiful work as always! Just out of curiosity, do you have a stall in a flea market to sell your stuff, or do you just list on Craigs List, etc? I love painting furniture, but I never seem to get motivated beyond what I am using in my own house, favors for friends, things for my college girls' apartments, and have even painted for some of my favorite charities. But still I am always curious about the logistics of others who do sell their work. Another question, and don't answer if you don't want, but am curious how much you sell a refurbished end table like that for?

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  5. Beautiful Susan! I have got to try the coconut oil. I have seen several folks talking about it. I love the colors it brings out. Is the coconut oil the one that looks like Crisco or is there actually an oil?

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    1. Sorry. I just saw the pic of the coconut oil. Now I know. LOL

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  6. The end tables look AMAZING in black!!

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  7. I like these in the black and I cant wait to try coconut oil-love dee x

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  8. Very pretty, Susan! I love them black. I think the dark walnut stain is my favorite.

    Thanks for linking up to The Creative Home & Garden hop! : )

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  9. I too get soo overwhelmed when a project doesn't turn out right the first time. Glad these ended up working out for you! They look great! Are you selling them at the consignment shop?

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  10. Awesome update. Thanks for sharing on The DIY'ers!

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  11. black was the color for these two. I am wondering about the coconut oil. How often do you have to reapply it?

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  13. I had to delete my comment because I hit publish before I read it and it hardly made since...lol.Love your tables and wow you did such a wonderful job on them and I can't believe you were lucky enough to have two of them...love your blog..Phyllis

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  14. I love your tables! We must think a lot alike, because I am just getting ready to work on a desk that I'm painting black and glazing with the M.S. coffee. It has problems & is really going to take some time before I can get painting...Oh well.

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  15. These tables are gorgeous! I love all the curved details, and your paint job is beautiful!

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  16. They're absolutely beautiful - love the hardware against the black - what a perfect combination!!!
    XOXO

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  17. I LOVE what you have done. You should come show off your creativity starting at 8PM CST at Craft Frenzy Friday! http://obsessiveandcreative.blogspot.com/2013/09/craft-frenzy-friday-6.html It won't be a party without you!

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  18. These looks great! Come link up with us at Craft Frenzy Friday at www.craftdictator.com! I'd love to see these on our link up!

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  19. So pretty! I looks so rich now. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

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  20. These are awesome! I really like that you left the wood top!

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  21. Susan- these are beautiful! I can't believe you got such a great deal on them!! Thank you so much for linking up your Thrifty Upcycle with us at Get Your DIY On- I hope you'll join us today and link up any spray painting projects you have had :) Have a great Sunday!

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  22. Thank you for linking up to my Furniture and Paint Party!! I am featuring this table Tonight! Hope to see you again!

    Brooke
    startathome.blogspot.com

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  23. I found you over at MinettesMaze DIY Sunday Linky Party. Those are great tables and how you refinished them is very stunning. Great job - definitely pinning this!
    Marie@InteriorFrugalista

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