Retro Restyled

I hear it all the time, I remember my grandparents having those tables, I remember my parents having those tables, oh my god look I remember tables like that. I am pretty sure at some point in your past you have seen, owned or known someone who has own the small 2 level side tables or as some call them telephone tables. Where do most wind up I wonder? Are they in the landfills, basements, cottages or maybe the bon-fires at the cottage? These tables can be nice again and don't need to be hidden away or discarded.
These tables have arborite on them but I was still able to paint them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ™. I gave them a good cleaning then used 220 grit sand paper to take the sheen off. Once the sheen was gone it was necessary to remove all dust with a tack rag. Time to paint!
I decided to go with a more masculine colour scheme and design. I thought a racing stripe would work well with the angular edge of the table surfaces. I started by painting the entire tables Napoleonic Blue. Once dry I applied painters tape to map out the stripes. Coco was used inside the tape to make the racing stripe. I did make the stripe wider at the front than at the back for added interest and to draw the eye the full length of the table.
I applied a clear wax first and gave it a good buffing then I went over the entire surface with dark wax. This gives both colours a deeper tone. I got out the painters tape again and applied it to either side of where the blue and coco meet, creating a narrow stripe. Using a small stiff bristled artist brush I brushed a sliver gilding wax into the narrow stripe. After the gilding wax was applied I removed the tape and there you have it two side tables with a new updated look. These styles of table are still very useful so don't throw them away, get out your paint brushes and use your imagination.
You can also see my blog here along with others,http://redwindstudio.ca/store/2014/01/15/retro-restyled/

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