Now, my second reason for this post....my gossip table redo! I LOVE how it turned out. And I definitely learned some lessons in painting furniture....the biggest being that I need to SLOW down and be patient!!
Here is a before of the lovely. My in-laws gave it to us. I know my mother-in-law used it while sewing. She is an amazing quilter and I think when she was handstitching, she would sit at this table and watch t.v. while working. I am not sure where it came from before then. Anyway, we have had it for a few years and just kind of moved it from area to area and threw a blanket over the cushion. The past two years it has lived in our garage.
It is hard to see in the picture, but the chair/table really has some pretty detail and curves on the chair. I decided I would paint and then attempt to distress, hoping to reveal some detail. Easier said than done. And I started out WAY TOO FAST. I bought a sample container of Martha Stewart Sea Glass paint. I read somewhere that since I would be distressing/antiquing it I didn't need to prime. Not sure if this is accurate or not, but I went for it. First mistake, painting with five year old son who wanted to help. While entertaining him and trying to keep him out of trouble, I accumalated a few drip marks on side:(. Oh well. It took two coats to cover dark wood. I did one coat, waited 24 hrs. and did second.
I next finely sanded edges, purposefully (no accident this time)taking off a bit of paint here and there. I then used my black antique glaze and rubbed it all over with towel. This only turned out OK. Definitely need to practice that !!! Without alot of detail ( I am used to antiquing smaller items) it was difficult to achieve the look I was going for.
My third mistake was to leave the table in the garage for days and days without sealing it. My girls put a cooler on top of it and left big chip marks:(. So, I fixed that today. I also sprayed the table with Miniwax. It took me forever (and I am still not done searching) for fabric for seat cushion. I typed dishtowel for cushion cover in google yesterday and found a post from a girl who used a Target dishtowel to cover hers. The chair and color looks so similiar to mine, so I had to run to Target and get the same dish towel...for $2.88! I had to put it together right away. While I love it, I am still searching for fabric because the lamp I am putting on it does not go with that fabric. I am very wordy right now. Here is the reveal pics!!
Here are some daylight pics, you can see more details.
So, I need less paint where the detail needs to show through. And paint slower. And hide from children to finished. The towel is not attached yet because I am keeping my options open. Carly had to jump in a shot:)! I am going to see if I can find the site where I got the Target dishtowel site.