Don’t you just love it when you buy a piece of furniture and you are so excited about it’s possibilities you paint it immediately. While others sit in your garage for months waiting to be touched. That has been my rule the past few weeks – if a piece doesn’t get me excited to paint then I don’t buy it.
My neighbor next to my shop is a picker and while I was teaching a workshop on Saturday I saw his trailer pull in with this table on the back of it. I don’t think he was able to put his truck into park before I was over there buying it from him. I love these types of tables because you can use them for a sofa table, in an entryway, or as a small buffet in a dining room.
By Wednesday morning I had two coats of Heirloom Traditions Black Bean painted on. This morning I walked into my shop, contemplating my next move.
Today I finished it and I love it’s dramatic transformation. Can you believe this piece was painted black!?!
I used White Lime Soft Wax over Black Bean and it turned the piece into such a beautiful grey. It reminds me of some of the finishes from Restoration Hardware. Restoration uses more grey tones in their furniture so the white wax over Black Bean is much more dramatic – totally my style. I made a YouTube video explaining the process of how I got this look (it’s at the end of this blog post for you skimmers) because I just wanted to take pretty pictures and not photograph instructions today!
Whitewashing furniture can be tricky – is the paint too thick? Too thin? And it can be tough to correct mistakes. White Lime Soft Wax takes the guess work out of the whole whitewashing process. It might be my favorite wax, but I think I always say that. You can see another project I used White Lime on HERE.
I had found these olive buckets while getting ready for the warehouse sale and I just got a shipment in of angel wings in – they are the same ones I have in my dining room. The white tree I bought at a garage sale years ago. I think it was gold – not a cute gold but a gawdy gold – so I spray painted it and it’s been white ever since. It has been perfect for displays during Christmas and I can always find something to hang on it.
The vintage mirror is my friend Hayden’s and it will be for sale at the market next weekend. It’s been so fun working on projects leading up to the sale and giving you all sneak peeks at a few of the pieces I will have for sale.
This was such a fun piece to work on and I am thinking my new rule for furniture buying is paying off. Because I just HAD to share this technique with you all I decided to film a quick video of how I applied the White Lime Wax over Black Bean. But before you watch the video PROMISE ME you won’t judge me – I barely have any makeup on and I am in my grubbies! I can’t get dressed up to paint furniture m’kay! But this technique was just too awesome not to share – and I wasn’t going to let my pasty white face hold me back from spreading the White Lime Wax love.
My grand opening is NEXT WEEKEND! Make sure you mark your calendars so I can see your smiling face there!