He was the epitomy of grumpy...and I adored him. I'd take him the occasional meal or plate of cookies, which he'd refuse. One time, I didn't knock, I just left the food on a table on the front porch. Later from my upstairs bedroom window I saw him come out, snatch the plate and head inside with it. The next time I saw him he said, "well if you're just going to leave food out there to waste..."
When he passed, the family offered me whatever I wanted. I accepted this solid maple dropdown table...and a rocking chair (also due for a relove....)
So here it is in its well-worn, well-used, well-loved state...
I've been wanting to try Old World Clay & Chalk Paint in Warehouse, a rich, deep charcoal colour. A timeless and elegant near-black.
The round brushes (either ClingOn in the Round 12 or Round 18 or our natural bristle ChalkPro Round Brush work beautifully on the turned legs. There is significantly less drag, fewer missed spots and this shape of brush simply makes the job much, much easier. A beautiful tool every furniture upcycler should have in their tool kit.
I hauled the beast onto the deck the next morning and lightly hand-sanded the top to see the result. It was still a bit patchy and I wasn't sure where I was headed so I ran the sander over it very lightly.
I'm often asked how to achieve the weathered, driftwood-like stained top...well this is how I do it. I prefer to leave the marks, the patches, the history and the life, the wrinkles a piece has earned. Many like a pristine, well-sanded finish. I'm very much the opposite. I take it back enough to keep most the patina and use it to my advantage!
Old World Paint in Industrial White is ideal for this technique. It has a lovely grey undertone that when washed over the timber ages perfectly. It lets all the life come through and gives it a beautiful colour.
By the way, it never looks good during the process, so don't let that frighten you. But I do love the end result...
I couldn't wait another minute to play with the Fusion Mineral Paint Metallics so I loaded up my Webster's Patterned Roller in the pattern Grannie's Curtains with the colour Bronze and got stuck into it!
How fun is this?!!
And the Fusion Metallic worked beautifully. A match made in paint heaven!
Dreamy to work with. Just brush on wet, allow to dry about 30 minutes and lightly polish to a beautiful shine.
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