PRINCESS KITCHEN TABLE
This is a table I have chosen for my Triang Princess Dolls house. It is probably not the style I would have chosen but the height against the kitchen units is about right. The table I liked was the same height as the kitchen units, but I felt that a lower one looked better, as tables are not normally higher than the units. So I thought I would paint this one and see how it looked.
Normally I would paint the chalk paint on without sanding, but as the table was dark, with a thick layer of varnish. It was better to strip it right down to the wood. This also gave me some colour variation on the wood.
I am only painting the legs and base of the table, using a green chalk paint, leaving the top natural wood.
I have put an antique wax on the table top, it is amazing what a lovely golden colour it gives it.
This picture show the edge of the table, giving a very natural wood effect.
I have distressed and waxed one leg, just to show what difference it makes.
Thee base of the table has now been distressed, as is ready for waxing.
This is the completed table, and I think it is a success. The wax makes all the difference, and shows the various shades of wood and chalk paint.
I think I am quite happy with this table, it fits in very nicely in the kitchen.
Why not distress your own furniture to add character to a piece of off the shelf furniture. Up-cycle some un-used furniture in the style of your choice, aged, stylish, rustic, even the very popular shabby chic……
MY FURNITURE DISTRESSING TECHNIQUE
- Clean your chosen piece of furniture with white spirit, sand any rough areas, with a fine sandpaper. It is a good idea to remove and sand any furniture which is heavily varnished, also remove any residue glue around joints, enabling the paint will adhere better.
- Paint the entire piece in the base coat colour of chalk paint you have selected. When dry add a second coat of the same colour or a different one depending on the look you want to achieve.
- When the paint is dry, start sanding the areas that would naturally end up looking worn or distressed, corners, edges, sides of legs and tops of drawers. To get a nice smooth surface sand very gently all over the furniture.
- Finish with a layer of wax, [either clear or tinted, depending on the result you want.] this will enhance the paint, giving your furniture a lovely silky smooth finish. You can use varnish instead of wax, but I think wax gives a better finish.