Wednesday, January 11, 2017

First Project 2017

A couple of years ago I transformed my Broyhill Fontana family room furniture with chalk paint. You can read about it  here

But...a couple of years have passed and I was ready for a lighter top. The family room receives little light and the dark table tops seemed to soak the limited light right out of the room.

The tables were acquired via Craigslist and were from different locations. Some had been used as a pounding board for little kids apparently. The coffee table was the worse for being "distressed". I decided to do it "right" this time. Using the Dremel sander I used three different sand paper discs to sand the distressing away.

It really wasn't as bad as I had dreamed. I broke up the sanding into two days. The only issue was I decided to do this project when it was 10 degrees outdoors with snow on the ground. My car was living in the garage so the family room became my work room.

I decided to strive for a whitewashed farmhouse look. I picked up this arrow at Hobby Lobby and used it as a visual reminder of what I was duplicating.

I like to make my own chalk paint. First, it is so much cheaper. And it seems to be much smoother in texture. I don't know what Annie Sloan uses in her recipe but it ends up with a sandy texture and I constantly have to add water to the paint. With my use of latex paint and calcium carbonate it applies just as in regular latex. Like chalk paint it dries in a few minutes and can be recoated in minutes.

I googled to find a recipe and used this one here.
There are several places to find close matches to Annie Sloan with different brands of paint. Since I prefer Behr I used this sight to match the colors I chose.
Vienna Pink site was the one I saved on my Ipad to take to Home depot for purchasing the latex paint.
My first two coats of paint were Behr Ethiopia PPUS-6d (ASCP CoCo match).

I then dry brushed Behr Dainty Lace MQ3-11u (ASCP Old Ochre match).  If I thought it was too light in places I dry brushed some of the Ethiopia back on. Once I was satisfied I let it dry for a few hours. I don't know if that was necessary or not but I could relax for a bit so it was a win-win!

The final steps were adding the wax. I didn't have any of AS dark wax so ran into Lowes and picked up the Valspar antiquing wax. This was applied with a cheap chip brush in a dry brush technique. After it dried a bit I rubbed it with a soft cloth. Next came an application of AS Soft Wax.

All in all, I am satisfied with the result. With the lack of light in the room, it is difficult to acquire a good picture of the actual result.

I may go over the bases and legs again in the future. But for now--the first project is complete.

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