I found a happy medium to my “paint or refinish” question. Cause you know, every time I pick up a brush to paint solid wood I imagine my dad standing behind me shaking his head as I brush on the first stroke.
But with colors this gorgeous, I’m getting over it.
For this piece I stripped and stained the top dark walnut and gave it two coats of poly. Yes, Dad, I sanded in-between the first and second coat. (Is my internal dialogue freaking you out yet?) That should make the “refinish” side of me happy.
And then I painted the body of the piece in Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue. This amazing color mimics the blue of the mason jars that Dad used to collect. For contrast, and just because I love it too, the drawers are painted in Old White. I was inspired by a picture of something like this on the cover of a design book:
Of course I covered the insides of the drawers with the pages of an old book. This time it’s Black Beauty.
I didn’t have all the original handles so I added beaded glass knobs. The piece is lightly distressed and hand-waxed with clear wax.
I call this the anything/everything table because each one of my girls had a different plan for this piece. One wanted to use it for a sewing table, one thought it’d be a great vanity, and my oldest imagined it as a writing desk. I have it set up as a little project table with some of my mom’s old sewing things lined up in the little cubicles of the printer’s shelf. Whatever did she do with all those silver thimbles?
42w x 18d x 28.5h
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Here is the before. Enough said.
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