Saturday, January 7, 2012

Whitewashed Tables

It's been sooo long since I've posted!  I am hoping to go back to teaching next year, so I've been spending all my free moments working on application questions, preparing a new portfolio, and updating my resume.  Afer sitting out for eight years hanging out with my kids, my head is spinning with phrases like differentiated instruction, project-based learning and the six writing traits!  :)

Aaaanyways, we inherited these lovely hunter green tables several years ago from my parents.  They aren't really all that bad, but the green is just so... 90's, I guess.  They take me back to high school days.  :)

First I stripped the tops~

This is what I've been using lately~

I stained the tops, but they looked a little boring, so I mixed up a whitewash mixture from the same off white mistint I had painted onto the base.

For my whitewash mixture I just poured in a little paint and water.  I think the ratio should be somewhere in the 50/50 range, but I just guess.

I also like to add a small amount of clear glaze to the mix because it allows a little more time to work the paint in before it dries.

After the whitewash, I dry brushed the same paint over the top to give it a little more worn look.

When it dried, I sanded it with a really fine 320 grit sandpaper.

After painting the base, I just barely distressed some of the edges because I didn't want that hideous forest green color peeking out.  To give the appearance of distressing, I glazed with both RL Tobacco to darken the nooks and crannies and the Tea-Stained for an aged effect.

I sealed everything with Minwax Paste Wax~
I love using my wax brush~ it goes on so quickly and evenly!

I'm so glad I never have to see these in forest green again~

Coffee Table

Side Table~

Both together :)

Happy New Year!  :)


Girlie Blogger said...

Great job stripping. You made old into new.

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Beautiful update!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a beautiful transformation! And you used some of my favorite products too. At one time, I had a good bit of hunter green in my house too. ... I've missed you Kim! I wish you luck with going back to teaching, but you need to keep painting furniture too because you are so talented! Hope you'll link this up to my party on Tuesday!

Twice Nice said...

Such a pretty new look for those 2! I really like the whitewashed top. Deb

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

These look terrific! I haven't tried whitewash yet, but obviously I need to!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

long time, no see! you did an amazing job as usual- they look SOOOO much better and updated!

Chrissie said...

Wow Kim, tne tables look amazing. I wish you the best on your teaching!

hong kong property said...

the result looks really nice!

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Stephanie said...

Bye bye Hunter Green - much better!

Katy said...

hey good luck with teaching again. I stayed home with my kids for 7 years, and when I went back to work it was terrifying at first. I felt so out of place. But it didn't take long, it's just a routine after all.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I wish you all the best with your teaching. The table looks great.

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Very nice! I love the color and the white wash technique :)

The Pink Giraffe said...

Great transformation! Love this.

oops! said...

Love! The shape the color - Everything!

kshannoka said...

Wow! I love how, if you don't like the look, you just do something else and, voila! - it's back to fantastic. I love the look of this table, with the top and the legs together. You have a gift, girl!

Zane Wooder said...

I love how the grey color seems to go so well with the sofa.


Zane Wooder said...

I love how the grey color seems to go so well with the sofa.


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Art and Sand said...

Oh, the wonders of paint!

Great job.

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