I liked the curves of this unique, heavy accent table when I first saw it, but its scratches and gouges made it a perfect candidate for my "please revive me" stash of furniture pieces.
The unusual shape of the top called for a little creativity in coming up with a design. Once I had in mind what I would do on the top, I had to pick a type of finish to paint. Choosing a color is always so difficult ~ there are so many fabulous paint colors from Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paints (of which I am a retailer).
We also have a limited supply of our Spring/Summer released colors. You have probably seen me use some of these colors and I will be sad to see some of them go!
I decided on going with some blending of colors with a little bit of a rustic flare.
After prepping ( sometimes the longest part and definitely NOT the most fun), I started painting with Wise Owl Bone, and then did a wash of Wise Owl Foothills.
It looks pretty sloppy, huh? Bear with me... it's supposed to!
I decided on a clock face design and added a damask to the center.
The design was done in stain, but I had to add some bling in this rustic piece, so I used a metallic copper paint for the damask. The stain wasn't dark enough for the clock hands to cover the copper, so I used black acrylic paint.
It was looking okay, but this wasn't the vision I had so the next step was adding a glaze.
I forgot to tell you an important step! When you are using any chalk style paint, you should first seal the piece before adding glaze! Because chalk paint is so pourous, it will grab the glaze; therefore, not allowing for as much open time to work with the glaze. You can use various sealers, but for this piece, I used General Finishes High Performance Top Coat
Wise Owl used to make a Patina glaze, which I had on hand, so I used that. However, it wasn't the color I wanted. So I mixed up my own glaze to add on top of the patina.
WOW! That's pretty bright! No worries, more steps to come....
I used various stains including Minwax Jacobean and Ebony
and General Finishes Candlelite
I'll warn you, working with stains takes a bit of finesse. If you are going to try this, I suggest practicing on a sample board so you can get the feel of the stain and how they react to each other. Of course, you must let the one stain dry before adding another stain on top.
After the stains had dried (you must wait at least three days, and probably more depending on humidity), I sealed it with the General Finishes Top Coat. Wise Owl makes a wonderful Matte Varnish, which I love, but I wanted a bit of a sheen on this one. We do not have a satin finish YET, but stay tuned as there is one in the works!!
This one sold pretty quickly! My sister saw it posted and said "I want that!" I think I will do this finish again if I find the right piece.
I think you all know this, but I suppose it is worth mentioning that I do commissioned work as well as my own designs. If you have a piece of furniture you would like to have updated, give me a call, shoot me an email or reach out to me on Facebook! The holidays will be upon us before we know it (can you believe that?!) and right now I am booked through the end of September.
Of course, I also do custom stained artwork.
I hope to have a few new stained art pieces available within the next few weeks! So stay tuned!!
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