Y'all remember this!!! This $6 find my brother brought to me to paint. And I have to be honest, when he brought it to me, I wasn't sure it's something anyone would want to buy. It's that older odd shaped end table with doors (the before pic is in the album) and I had no idea what to do with it, or if anyone would buy it even if I did work my magic... And no kidding the very next day I saw a similar end table in one of the furniture groups I'm in where someone made it into a dog bed, or as I'm calling it, a Doggie Den ;) Well that sparked an idea and the process of up cycling this older end table started. First removing the doors, filling the holes and deciding what to paint it. And since this was for our lil Minnie, and it's Maddy's dog, I let her pick. She decided she wanted some yummy texture that she's seen me use lately, some color and a top coat of white. So this started with Saltwash and Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint Higgins Lake mixture. As you'll see in the pics, I used this texture mixture all over but hitting the corners the most. I didn't completely cover the base with the Salt Wash so I could layer another blue. For the spots that still showed some wood I used Wise Owl Glacial, just to give another something to peek through when it came time to distress. Then the top coat of paint is Wise Owl Antique Villa. It's not quite pure white, which was what she wanted. I did two coats and finally came the fun part. I busted out my orbital sander, and if you remember my post about it, it was like 20 degrees outside :P I pull out some Glacial, some Higgins Lake and wood here and there. And painted and ready for a top coat, we decided it needed a lil something special... So we used our IOD - Iron Orchid Designs letters to personalize this and let everyone know this is for our lil Minnie. And of course a paw print had to happen too ;) I don't have a stamp for that so a lil free hand action which didn't turn out too bad. And to top coat it all I went with Wise Owl Varnish in a Matte finish, for a durable finish and one that won't yellow on us over time over that white. And the Matte look works great as a close mimicking look to other pieces we have painted and waxed in our home. This was a lot of fun and as you can see from the "Before" pic, this old & outdated end table now has a place in our home, both functional and matching our colors and decor theme we have. Almost make me want to go find these to do for clients now :) So thanks to my brother for his lil gift that has now become a lil Doggie Den for our Minnie and finds a special place in our home. Oh and y'all know I had to take it with Minnie in the pics right??? She's as much as a ham as Maddy in front of the camera LOL. I said I'd have a Blog post for this too, with more pics through the process and more details, and here it is... Sorry it's taken so long tho. I'm getting caught up on them slowly but surely.
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After I sanded the holes down smooth, and cleaned the piece it was time for the fun. I decided to start with some Wise Owl Higgins Lake & Saltwash mixed. I really wanted the texture, but also the color as I knew in the end this would be distressed and I'd want that beautiful color to peek through. I painted this on using a cheap chip brush knowing I'd simply be throwing it away when I'm done. The Saltwash dries hard, very hard, and it's just not worth attempting to clean the brush out. So use a cheap chip brush to paint on. I'll be doing a series on how to mix and apply Saltwash soon on my YouTube Channel, Refurbished Gentleman Television.
As you can see, I added the Wise Owl Higgins Lake and Saltwash mixture to about 60% of the surface. I did this on purpose to have some wood peek through when it came time to distress. And knowing the next layers of paint would be thin, I wanted the darker color to peek through as well. This gave nice depth to the overall finish having layers of paint and wood.
Next was a thin layer of Wise Owl Glacial. This was done as another part of my paint layering process to add another lighter blue color to the mix. I used my favorite brush, the ClingOn S50 for this along with my water misted to ensure a thin even coat of Glacial. I only did the one thin coat of Glacial then went onto my final paint step.
So last but not least for paint... Wise Owl Antique Villa. I knew when I started I wanted a predominately white piece, with peeks of blue. And the stunning gently off-white color was perfect for what I wanted. Once again I grabbed another ClingOn S50 and painted on two good coats, adding it on thick in spots to add some additional texture via brush strokes.
As you can see I busted out my orbital sander to really sand through the layers and bring out all the wood and Saltwash goodness from below. As I mentioned earlier, the Saltwash dries very hard, so you may need some power to get through any thick spots you make. This to me, was the most fun part, seeing all the layers of work from below peeking out just as I'd hoped. Then since I'd used the Saltwash I get all that amazing texture too!
And knowing this would be an end table for us with lots of traffic, both on the human side and the dog side, LOL, I went with Wise Owl Varnish in Matte. I used my ClingOn F50 along with my Handi Painter method. I have a video for using the Handi Painter and Wise Owl Varnish on my YouTube Channel here;
I used the handi painter for the large flat areas the the ClingOn F50 for the rest.
And did you know that Wise Owl Varnish is incapable of yellowing??? YES! Making it the perfect top coat for whites.
After two coats of Varnish Minnie's Doggie Den was done and ready for her to enjoy. This was an amazing transformation, and way too much fun not to share. So if you come across one of these old school end tables for $6.99 and think... hmmmm what the heck can I do with that??? Well here ya go!!! Hope you enjoyed this blog, be sure to check out my YouTube Channel as well, as I continue to add more videos including a series on Saltwash very soon.
As always, have a Blessed Day and Happy Painting!!!
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