Thursday, October 6, 2011

Paris Gray Side Tables

This is a cute pair of side tables I found on Craigslist~

After a quick wipe down,  I painted the base with one coat of Paris Gray Chalk Paint.  Then I did a little distressing with my sanding sponge. 
The chalk paint distresses so effortlessly, there really is no need for heavy duty sand paper.

When I applied the clear wax, the gray darkened up a bit.  It looked so pretty I wasn't sure if I should add the dark wax.
But I did, and it really added a richness to the tables.

I stripped the tops with this eco friendly stripper from Sherwin Williams~
The regular price is stinking expensive, but it was 40% off when I bought it, so I got a screaming deal!

I stained the tops with a mixture of  Early American and a touch of Dark Walnut.
I always try to go as dark as I can with the top and still match the color of the wood that is peeking out from the distressed base.

The top was finished with three coats of tung oil~

Just a reminder of the before~

Here's the after pictures.  It was a gray, rainy day, so they kind of blend in! :)








Wishing you some sunshine today!!!  :)

33 comments:

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

I love the combination of the gray with the natural wood tops - really pretty!

Twice Nice said...

Those are such pretty pieces. I've never tried the dark wax on the Paris Gray so it was fun to see how lovely it worked with it!
Deb

The Frosted Gardner said...

Love these Kim! You have such great style!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

These are lovely! I think it's tricky to get the gray to look right with the wood (maybe that's just me), but you did it beautifully!

Nick G said...

Looks good. How do you like the tung oil compared to wipe on poly? I have been using a lot of grey lately, I like it!!

Katie said...

The tables are lovely! Love a stained top with painted base. I saw another comment asking your opinion on tung oil vs wipe on poly. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.

Kiss Me Designs said...

I am so jealous of your furniture restorations! I still restore tiny things! Great and beautiful work!

The Painted Parlor said...

Love how they turned out!! Perfection.

Kimberly Glesenkamp said...

Oh wow, I really love how you kept the top of them in wood. Looks very pretty!

Allison@FabRehab said...

Lord help me...those are so beautiful!! LOVE them, Kim!!

Ali Richardson said...

Gorgeous!!! They look super chic - well done!

Katie said...

These are gorgeous Kim!! Love the stained top with the gray!!

Pamela said...

These are just amazing!!

Perfect Imperfections said...

Absolutely stunning Kim! The stained top is beautiful. I have yet to try ASCP. But when I do, Paris Gray will be the color. Great job!

Eleonora Boiserie & C. said...

gorgeous easy & chic... very beautiful also the coloru taupe
molto bello e stupendo il color tortora!

Stephanie said...

These turned out GREAT!

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Deborah March said...

I've had a difficult time with Paris Grey...just couldn't quite get it to work...with ANYTHING I have...but you've done WONDERFULLY with these...thanks for the inspiration!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Kim, I just stumbled onto your blog; and what a great site you have!! I just LOVE what you did with these tables! Such a great transformation!! I am a newbie to blogging and your newest follower. I hope you will follow me too! God bless!

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

I am so impressed with your talent with painted furniture! I've been looking around a bit and love each piece you've shown here. So many great inspiration pieces.

Kait H. said...

those look so cute now! i really wish i was crafty like you! so cutee!!!!

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Suzanne said...

Another well-done project!!! I am always amazed at how you seem to know what stains and paint colors to use just by looking at the piece/pieces and visualizing them completed. I love your creativeness.

hilary @ oldhouse.truelove. said...

so pretty and classic kim. :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Perfect finish!

Claire said...

Just wanted to let you know I featured your fab side tables on my blog today!

Claire said...

Just wanted to let you know I featured your fab side tables on my blog today!

Lisa @ Before Meets After said...

Kim, these are beautiful! I love me some Paris Gray! I've never tried the dark wax over it because I've been too scared but these are amazing!

Doris said...

Love painted furniture! I'm going on a hunt soon to get me some!http://daviscreativepainting.blogspot.com/2011/10/before-after-show-and-tell.html

Shari @ turnstylevogue.com said...

Beautiful! I'm your newest follower. Would love for you to stop by at turnstylevogue.com

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Chrissie said...

Extremely gorgeous! Your tops look beautiful!

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

Just a beautiful job! Thanks.

The Lone Bohemian said...

Hi, I just found this blog and was wondering if you could answer a question for me on DIY distressing... I'm a newbie to this game, but want to give it a go.
1. Why chalk paint? How is that different for distressing purposes than regular matte paint?
2. What is the purpose of using wax after painting/distressing? Is wax the last step?

Thank you soooo much for your advice! I'm hooked on your blog :)

Zane Wooder said...

I love how the bottom of the little tables are grey but the top is brown wood.

zane

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