Happy Wednesday! I can’t believe we are already a week into August…. where has summer gone? Part of me is really sad about it, but part of me is ready for some peace and quiet. Ok, so a lot of me is ready for that! So this week I have spent some time working on pieces for Sweet Clover, and taking all of my stress out with sandpaper, paint, and wax…. it felt really good. Today I am sharing two tables I painted in General Finishes Lamp Black, as always, my go-to black.
Last weekend I headed to my favorite shopping place and found a few furniture pieces and other odds and ends. Here’s a picture of all my loot.
I know I am cruel to show you al of this, but I didn’t take a before picture, so I’m working with what I’ve got. See those two tables stacked on the right? That’s what I am sharing today.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a good lamp black project, and with retail Fall right around the corner, I figured now was a good time to start thinking that way, and bringing in some black. Both of these tables had a worn finish, neither was particularly shiny, so I skipped sanding them to prep. General Finishes Milk Paint has fabulous adhesion, and I find I really only need to sand on glossy surfaces.
I cleaned the tables with a damp rag and let them dry. I then applied two coats of Lamp Black to each table. Once they were dry, I used 180 grit sandpaper to lightly distress the edges. I very lightly distressed the cabinet just to highlight its pretty legs. The smaller table was sort of blah by itself, so I gave that one a harder distressing, just to give it some more character.
Finally, to finish these off, I applied Briwax in Golden Oak with a rag. I did this to help age the edges where I had sanded, and make it darker. This also gave the black more of a brown overall tone (still unmistakably black, but to the naked eye a change in tone would be noticeable). Once the wax dried, I buffed it with a rag to give it a durable finish and sheen.
The cabinet got some fun new knobs as a final touch and here it is….
Aren’t these knobs fun?
And sometimes, just the slightest distressing is all you need. One day I should share with you how I distress my furniture…. is that something you’d like to hear?I love how the back legs of this piece even curve… sexy!
And the small table, not as fun in my opinion, but still cute in its own right.
So what do you think? Which do you prefer? And are you in the mood for Fall??!?!?! MY FAVORITE SEASON!!! Nah, I’m not in the mood.