Have your husband kill the black widow spider that is living in the underside of the table. YIKES!!!
I Heart Naptime. She does an amazing job of explaining each step and her piece of furniture came out fabulous. You should check it out!! I followed her steps pretty closely.
#2 SandThis table had spots of glitter glue all over it from it's previous owner. I felt that a good sanding would help my table get off to a good start. I didn't sand down to the grain - just till it was smooth.
#3 Base Color
My goal in this piece was to distress it. I wanted a black color showing through (you can use any color - or even have the wood show through) I used some black paint and painted the edges and spots on the surface. Looking back, I would have given the entire table a coat of black because I couldn't remember where I put my spots on the top!!
#4 VaselineThis is a technique to help the base color show through the top color. I have also seen it done with candle wax. Rub the Vaseline along the edges and parts where you want the black to show through - this will give it a shabby chic or rustic look depending on how much sanding you do.
#5 the Chalk Paint MixtureThis is where we will get that worn, vintage feel to our paint. I went to Lowe's and purchased latex paint in a light aqua color. I asked for Satin finish and when I got home I noticed it was semi-gloss. I was a little miffed, but it worked fine anyway.
Mix 5 Tablespoons of Plaster of Paris with 2 to 3 Tablespoons water in a small container
Then measure 2 cups of paint in a separate container and stir the plaster mixture into the paint until it's smooth. This was the right amount for the size of table I was painting.
#6 Paint Paint PaintI gave my table 3 coats of paint with a paint brush, letting it dry completely between coats. Some items may only need 2 coats of paint.
Make sure your cat inspects your work, getting his paws, tail and back in the paint!!
Take a light weight sand paper and sand where ever you want the black to show through. I sanded all the edges, curves, and random areas on the top. This is where the Vaseline helps so you don't have to sand like crazy - especially with 3 coats of paint! It worked great!!
#9 Finishing Wax
This is my favorite part of the project! Use Minwax Paste Finishing Wax. Get a rag and rub it all over your piece of furniture. Then let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Take another cloth and buff or polish the wax. The wax gives it a vintage look as it is not glossy or too shiny, yet not flat. It's the perfect finish for this project. If you are finishing a piece that needs to be durable, such as a kitchen table, I suggest polyurethane or polycrylic - it will be more durable. You can get those in satin finish so they aren't too glossy.
It's done & I LOVE it so much!!!