I have to give credit where credit is due and brag on my helper: my husband did a lot of work on these tables! I had the idea in my head, gathered the supplies, and had a few inspirational photos to jump off from, but he took it on full force. At one point the end table was completely done but he was not happy with it. He sanded the top down again and started over, and completely re-waxed the base. (Now that’s dedication to the end result.)
Several months ago I had distress painted a sofa table and a matching end table in white. However, I started to dislike them more and more. Our living space was lacking color and depth and we knew we needed to change things up. For a few months now I have been trying to settle on a color palette for our sitting room. I had to think strategically since our walls are beige and our sofa and recliner are a rust colored leather.
Through research and mixing textures, fabrics, and colors I came up with a color palette consisting of several blue hues accented with mustard yellows and earthy greens (I’m inspired by nature!) We settled on bringing mustard into the room with the tables.
We settled on using ASCP in Arles. (You can find the full range of colors in this line here.) The benefit of chalk paint is that zero, and I do mean zero, prep work is required. Prep work in the painting business is tedious but absolutely necessary for professional results. It takes just as long, if not a longer, than actually painting with the main color. Chalk paint is also extremely versatile for a number of different techniques.
~Apply paint stripper to the top portion of table, several times if necessary
~Sand top portion of table with an orbital, electric sander, 80 grit paper, until paint and gouges are smoothed out.
~Follow up with 150 grit paper to smooth out completely
Note: The above prep work steps were required because the table tops were to be stained, not painted. If you are using ASCP on a piece of your own furniture and do not want to stain any portion of your piece, simply skip any prep work and just start painting!
~Paint table legs/base with ASCP in Arles, no prep work necessary on this portion of table
~Stencil large motif of choice in a pattern onto bare wood of tabletop in ASCP in Arles
~After table top stencil is dry, apply Minwax wood stain in Special Walnut to entire surface of bare wood, directly over chalk paint stencil detail, wiping off after 5-15 minutes. Reapply as directed, as desired.
~Allow stained wood to dry overnight
~Finish table top by applying ASCP Dark Wax over entire stained wood surface
~Finish table legs by applying ASCP Clear Wax over entire table base, followed by ASCP Dark wax and distress sanding corners/edges