6/21/2011

A Story of A Table Rescued From The Trash!

Hubby and I went to Kansas to visit my son last fall.

As I was sitting on his front porch, admiring the details of this table,  I asked about it. My son's girlfriend said that her Grandma had given it to her. I guess that she used it for a while, but no longer wanted it and it was destined for the trash.

I told her to let me have it and I can transform it and they could have it back.  They said that no matter what I did with it, they did not want it back.
Before
Initially, I was going to do some kind of MacKenzie Childs look to it. But knowing that I was also not going to keep it and that my daughter needed another end table for her apartment, I decided to make this my first project with Annie Sloan's chalk paint and wax! Have you tried it yet?


I have found these things about this popular chalk paint:

a) It goes on very easily without much prep of the piece first and no priming needed.

b) The cost of the paint was somewhat expensive but it goes a long way, so the cost factor  becomes less.

c) The dark wax is difficult to control even though I was very careful to use very little and wiped the brush on a paper towel first before applying. The clear wax does all the magic with aging and bringing out the beauty of the chalk paint.

d) Overall, I would not want to use this chalk paint on every piece I have to paint, BUT I do love the ease and outcome of this look. And with the right furniture piece, this paint is really cool paint.

For this table I used the Old Ochre and then topped it with the Old White.
I used the clear wax overall, distressed it, then highlighted the distressing with the dark wax. I then did a follow-up all over wax with the clear.  The charm came when the wax sat overnight then the luster happened when I buffed it the next day! This is a fun product for anyone to use.

The camera's eye just doesn't do these pieces justice as in real life. I have seen many beautifully done chalk paint furniture on Blogland, but now that I have used it myself, I know the beauty this chalk paint can bring to furniture.

See the egg & dart detail. The carving. The spindle legs. The little balls on the ends.

I am surprised when someone wants to throw away a perfectly good piece of furniture. With a bit of love (and elbow grease), this beauty can be used and enjoyed for years to come.
Now my daughter will enjoy this piece.

NOTE: You should be able to click on most of the pictures to enlarge to see further details.
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29 comments:

  1. Love the detail on this table - I bet your daughter will love it - well done again!!

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  2. I'm so glad you rescued this table. I love the details and the finish. LOVE IT!

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  3. Oh I cannot believe that anyone would not see the beauty of this table and would throw it away!! You were so blessed to rescue this beauty!

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  4. This little table was so not ready for the trash. You made it beautiful again! Love your chalk paint tips too...have been wanting to try it out.

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  5. Terry what a pretty table, it's amazing what people throw away! Martina

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  6. What a beautiful piece it is now! I've been wanting to see something painted with Ochre so thanks for sharing! I need to order that color too. Deb

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  7. So pretty! the distressing and dark wax brought out the details beautifully!

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  8. Thanks for stopping by. What a beautiful makeover! The chalk paint emphasizes the details so magnificently. I love Mackenzie Child but I'm glad you decided to go with a distressed finish.

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  9. You did a fantastic job and it turned out beautifully! Your daughter is so lucky to have such a talented, giving mother as you!

    Best,

    Kimberly

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  10. It turned out great,Terry! I'll bet they secretly want it back now! : ) I found the same thing with the dark wax and I've mentioned it in the post I'm drafting for my rescued dresser {I'm just doing the baskets now and I can't wait to show it}. It is such a good size little table, I think I'm with the group that can't believe it was destined for the trash.

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  11. Oh Wow! That is a great find! And you did a wonderful job saving it! :) Very cute!

    ~Liz

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  12. Looks great and I love how the details just pop!

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  13. I love it! you never know the surprises you can find in the trash, great find!
    XXX Ido

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  14. it looks beautiful! are they sure they don't want it back? how could they turn that down!

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  15. What a great treasure, good job, Celeste, victoriantailor.com

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  16. You've convinced me :) I'm off to buy chalk paint xx Ava

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  17. This table definitely went from trash to treasure for sure! Beautiful job, I can't wait to try chalk paint! Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. That is truly lovely. I haven't tried the chalk paint yet, but am very intrigued by the outcomes I keep seeing. It's definitely in my future. I sure wish it was more readily available.

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  19. Bet your daughter is very happy with her new table. It looks charming, love the details. Thanks for adding your link to BC Good Life Wednesdays.

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  20. Wow, you did an amazing job on this table! I've never used chalk paint before but I really want to give it a try soon. I found you through your link to Miss Mustard Seed's link party, just so you know where I came from. :)

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  21. Holy Smokes, this is so beautiful! Chalk paint is going to be the death of me - or the death of college tuition nestegg!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

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  22. From Blah to Yeah! As cheesy as that sounds, those were the first thoughts I had upon viewing the before and afters! Definately a GREAT SUCCESS!!!

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  23. Just beautiful!! I just did my first piece with the chalk paint and clear wax. What did you use to buff it with? OOPS! I didn't know you were supposed to buff! Great job on this beauty!

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  24. Wow! I'm so glad you rescued this beauty, it looks fabulous. It's a gorgeous piece of furniture... who wouldn't love it? why would anyone throw it away?

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