So most of you that know me, know that I love to incorporate vintage items in my home. I’ve been a flea marketer for years and finding that special and unique piece is part of the thrill of going to these markets. Well now, I have found a new way to acquire these special pieces, the garbage! Haha! The story behind this table goes like this…I’m driving my kids to school one very wet and snowy day. About a half block away from the school, out of the corner of my eye, I see this cute little retro table sitting there buried in the snow. I beg my kids to let me pull over and throw that adorable little piece into my car, their response, a flat-out “no way, that’s embarrassing mom”. True that would have been extremely embarrassing for them, had one of their friends seen their mom pulling furniture out of someone’s garbage! So I dropped them off at school, praying that my special find would still be there. Lucky for me, it was still there, (you never know, my sister-in-law garbage picks too and our kids go to the same school! Hehehe). So I pulled over, and put the snowy, wet, icy table into the back of my suv! It needed a lot of work, but I knew I could make it as beautiful and functional, as it once was.
Here is the table before I painted it.
The Annie Sloan color I chose for this piece is called Graphite, I wanted a dark yet neutral color, for this cool retro table. I purchased the paint from DiLucca Designs, which is where I always get my Annie Sloan chalk paint.
I let each coat dry overnight before applying the next coat.
Now it’s time for the dark wax, I chose to use dark wax instead of the clear because I wanted the piece to have a darker sheen to it.
I applied the wax, using the Annie Sloan waxing brush. I use very little and then brush it on the piece, following my paint strokes, I immediately take a clean painters cloth and buff it out. You need to make sure not to use too much wax, otherwise your piece will be tacky. I used the dark wax directly on the paint without using the clear wax, because I wanted the table to come out really dark. Under normal “painting” circumstances, when using dark wax make sure to apply clear wax first, otherwise if your using a light color it might stain the paint.
So after being rescued from the garbage, 2 coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint, 1 coat of dark wax and a buff with steel wool, here is my fabulous “new” piece!! Not quite sure where it will go yet, I’m thinking I might use it as a night stand in my youngest son’s room (his room makeover coming soon). In the meantime can you believe the “after”? Pretty cool huh!
Once again Annie Sloan Chalk Paint has helped me turn someone’s throwaway, into a gem.