Thursday, November 3, 2011

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Who Cares. It’s Not Black!

Okay. Confession time. I pretty much hate black furniture. Yep, I said it.


Here is this [potentially] beautiful sofa table. With its sexy curves on top. Long, sleek curved legs. Oh - and the detail! Look at it. Beautiful right? Now, let’s cover all that up with ugly black paint. I know right?



Time to break out the big dog. Black table, meet Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. But, before the introduction, I had to clean her up a bit. The table that is, Annie’s clean. You see, she’s (the table people, the table) been sitting in the rain. And the top was a mess disaster! There is inlayed wood on both ends of the top. The wood was rotten. But this isn’t my piece, so there was no extra money to spend. Instead of me replacing the rotten wood, I had to repair it. eek!



You know what came next, right? That’s right. My favorite. Sanding! Actually, at this stage, it was more sanding. One thing I decided was to keep the character of the bad wood. Instead of completely filling the cracks, I chose to leave them. I only leveled it out after gutting the really bad parts of wood. Next, it was time for paint.


Can you guess what colors I used on this? How about Paris Gray, Paris Gray and Paris Gray. Yep. Body, top and drawers were all done with the same color. I mixed custom grays by adding different amounts of Lamp Black colorant to the Paris Gray.



The coolest part of an ASCP project is the wax. It really brings the paint to life! Once the paint was dry, I coated the entire piece with clear wax. Next, the dark wax. The top was first. And wouldn’t you know it, it was WAY too dark! Like 2 or 3 shades too dark. Holy Lights Out Batman! It’s ruined! No just kidding. I was able to lighten it using more clear wax and some elbow grease. Thank you, Annie.




I’m struggling with photos of my furniture. There’s just nowhere to stage it. Luckily, the shop owner was in last night, and gave this table, and a couple other pieces, a nice window front spot. So, still a little congested, but better than out back in the alley.




Now here’s the crazy part. Crazy I tell you. The shop owner had already promised a sofa table to someone. So this was it. It was never supposed to be for sale. But the lady didn’t want it! It didn’t fit her décor. I say good! Cause I like knowing that someone that truly appreciates it is going to buy it. I think it needs a nice home. Not a rainy back yard. So this refreshed table is for sale!

All that said, how do you feel about black furniture? Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen some nice pieces. I would just never paint anything black unless it was requested. Nobody requests a black rainbow? And rainbows make people happy, right? I win.




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Anne said... [Reply]

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment about my led me to your amazing work! Can't wait to see what you do with the pink paint!

All the best!

Renewed Upon a Dream said... [Reply]

I'm not a fan of black furniture either. White, yes, black, no. This turned out lovely. I haven't used chalk paint yet, but it's on my list of things I must try. Working on something with milk paint right now, but I'm not sure it's that wonderful...

Honey at 2805 said... [Reply]

Your did a wonderful job. She is a real beauty!

Sally said... [Reply]

How lovely!

California Dreaming said... [Reply]

I love it! I love gray! I have not tried chalk paint yet but I hope to very soon!

Honey at 2805 said... [Reply]

Thank you for linking your lovely project to Potpourri Friday!

Reno and Reorganization said... [Reply]

This is stunning! I am a new follower.

Heaven's Walk said... [Reply]

Beeeeautiful job!! Where would we be w/out ASCP, anyway...???? LUV it! :) (and no black furniture here, either....)

xoxo laurie

Andrea @Oasis Accents said... [Reply]

First off, Congrats on your new hand mixer ;-) I don't mind black furniture but I love the way your table turned out!! I'm gonna have to break down and buy some ASCP sooner or later. Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best =)

Vicky said... [Reply]

Grey fits her! Classic look :)

A Few Pennies said... [Reply]

Love that table--great inspiration for other than just painted white; fabulous looking!

Toni said... [Reply]

She turned out great. I think black furniture can have a place in a home, some looks really nice, some not so. I just found your blog, now following along.

Veronica said... [Reply]

I like black furniture in the right space but I have to say this piece looks amillion times better with your re do!

Tassels Twigsa and Tastebuds

Sarah Yoder said... [Reply]

This is just lovely! The color is spot on! Much MUCH better then the tired old black! Nice work. I just started repurposing old discared furniture and love seeing other before and afters! Thanks for sharing.

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said... [Reply]

Loving it. Loving the color, don't really like black furniture. so I think it looks better. Congrats on winning the mixer. Will be sending to you via US ground. Thanks so much for linking up to Sunday's Best!

Geneva said... [Reply]

Oh yes! It's much better now. You did a fabulous job...Thank You for sharing the process.

Kate said... [Reply]

shut the front door---shes a beaut!

Chris said... [Reply]

Hi Jake, you did a wonderful job. If I lived near you I would by it for myself!! Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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