I’ve got the winter blues, my friends. Not so much in spirit. I’m actually really enjoying this stretch of dark, dreary winter this year surprising even myself. In year’s past, I would typically be very disappointed when it came time to put away the Christmas decorations and accept the stillness of January. This year is different though. I’ve found solitude knowing this period is brief which has led to productivity and organization on the project front. You’re in for a real treat around here as I share all of the details of each project as they unfold!
As for the blues, that’s all in the paint colors I’ve been gravitating toward. I’m in the midst of completing a large cedar closet in moody artissimo – a deep midnight blue. Today though, I’m sharing a French enamel end table – more of a cheerful beachy blue.
This table is solid oak and isn’t too old. It feels very 90’s which reminds me that the 1990’s can technically be classified as vintage already! Shocking to think that my high school era is basically vintage. As if!
The decidedly 90’s table has great lines, subtle curves and an inlaid oak grain on the top.
I painted the 1st coat with lucketts green with bonding agent because the table was very shiny to start. The 2nd coat was painted French enamel without bonding agent.
I often get asked whether you need to use bonding agent in both coats or not. Here is the correct answer: For best adhesion, it is recommended that you use bonding agent in all coats. With that said, I like to walk on the wild side and experiment a bit therefore chose not to use bonding agent in the 2nd coat. Also, I’m not a perfectionist. The 2nd coat lifted the paint in some areas creating a distressed, chipping look.
I decided to accent the chipping grain by using white wax liberally. First I sanded it smooth using a fine grit sandpaper. I blended the white wax with furniture wax and buffed.
This table is the perfect addition for someone’s beach cottage! Now available at The West End Garage.