I am finally back to painting furniture post-baby bump! Woo Hoo! Sleep deprivation has definitely taken a toll on my creative juices so I decided to start small with this 1960’s Mediterranean style end table I scored at a garage sale for $5.00.
I love this type of furniture because the detail can be really fun to play up with a fresh coat of paint. The down-side is they are usually made of shiny laminate wood which can be a challenge to paint. Problem solved with Heirloom Traditions Paints – no sanding or priming or prep work! I just gave it a quick wipe down with Simple Green and started painting.
I chose Buttermilk, inspired by fresh milk, dairy cream, and lambs ears. The perfect creamy white, inspired by Petit Trianon.
Although I was pleased with the results and simplicity that two coats of Buttermilk gave the table I decided to accent some of the table’s detail.
Using a small angled brush I painted on Repose, a soft gray, not worrying too much about perfection.
I also gave the metal handles a few quick coats.
After stepping back and admiring my work I still felt like something was missing.
I brushed on White Lime Soft Wax on the entire drawer fronts.
White Lime Wax gave the Repose a dry brushed look with out the dry brush work. It also blended many of the imperfections I was obsessing about my free-handed paint job had done.
Can you tell I missed painting furniture? I even styled the table and contemplated where I might put this in my home.
Can you even imagine this as a 1960’s piece now? I always feel like a coat of paint gives each piece of furniture their own Cinderella moment taking it from ugly step-sister to ready for the ball.
Maybe it’s the little girl inside me that doesn’t ever get tired of painted furniture transformations. Sort of like a fairy tale.
It felt so good to be creative and tackle this project in one afternoon. As much as I love being a mom and taking care of our new little one, a quick creative afternoon was just what I needed to feel like myself again!