Hey-oh! I am back with my latest and maybe greatest furniture project. I really love it!
I uncovered this table from someone’s barn and it was fi-iiilthy. It cleaned up pretty well though. Here is the before shot.
I was actually hesitant to paint this one after I saw it clean because it has a great open grain oak top that I tend to love.
So I decided to embrace that top and the grain. I wrote out an old Italian love poem from the 1300’s on top. The language from that era was more closely aligned with Latin hence the old “Amor”. The grain I love still shows through.
Ok so beginning to end, here’s what I did. Mixed up a special green because I have been on a green kick lately. (Hello Spring!) I was going for celadon so I combined ASCP Antibes and Cream which has a yellow undertone to it. I only needed one coat to cover the whole table.
Then I wrote out the center of the poem in ASCP Arles with a very fine brush across the table top.
It was very bright at that point so I used a rub on stain in plantation walnut to tone down the green and yellow and give it an aged look. The yellow turned a delightful shade of deep peach. I think that’s what I’d call the color of the text.
Then I lightly sanded to smooth out the text and distress the edges. Sanding the text gave it a great two-tone effect.
I like how the top is really subtle until you get close to it. Then, pow, you notice this old love sonnet written by a man (Francesco Petrarca) pining for a girl that he saw at church. Seriously that’s what it translates to if you can read it.
The table is pretty versatile. I first imagined it would be a center hall table but I am really liking it as a bedside table. What do you think? It will be up for sale soon.