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.