The term leaving well-enough alone just does not apply in my world. I think I can always do better. I purchased a really special workmen’s table from MMS right after The Luckett’s Spring Market this year. I heart tables like this because I think they can be used in most rooms or pulled out when you need a good lemonade stand. They are old so you really don’t need to worry about a table like this getting dirty or scratched…or very, very sticky.
Here is what it looked like when I had it moved to my home.
I love the perfectly rustic wood showing through the thin layer of paint, the chunky knobs, rough surface and straight legs. Perfectly farm-like. I was just not convinced of the blue color. It was lovely, but the blues in my home are more turquoise. Every room connects to the foyer so I wanted to make sure that this entry table did not distract from the look I was trying to create.
It’s funny, but the more chaotic my home is with the kids on summer break, the more projects I want to dig into. My brain may just need a place to escape to that does not involve swim lessons and scooter races. My foyer table painting project was an impulse on a Saturday afternoon.
This is sometimes how my projects come about. Sometimes I just need to kick off my shoes, grab some paper towels and my brush. As you can see I didn’t even make time to move the piece outside. Sometimes there is just no time.
I started by painting one swipe of my Country Grey. I loved the look of the wood coming through so this was not working. I took one of my Minion paper towel sheet and wiped in a downward motion.
Oh, yes. Much better. I like what is happening at this point.
Do you see the difference? It is more muted. However, I still see blue. Must repeat process.
Here you can see that I repeated the process until it read more white/cream. I then too my block sander and sanded the surface as well as the edges. I’m happy with how it all turned out. I achieved a really rough look, but lighter which works well in my home.
I do not mind some of the blue showing through because it does not look like an all blue table. It looks worn and loved as it should.
I should also mention that this is where my ringneck birds and French chicken wire cage will go. Not sure how Owen-the-cat will react.