Table Gets a Dramatic New Look With Paint

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My son-in-law no longer wanted this table and asked me if I wanted it. I just laughed because he had to ask! Of course I wanted it -- please feel free to drop off furniture at my house anytime!
The table was stained with an oak finish with veneer on the top. It was in great shape, but I wanted to give it a new look with paint.
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite for the project, so no primer coat was required. The first coat of paint always looks a bit scary going on, but the second coat gives it good coverage.
Next I sanded the paint using a variety of sandpaper. I varied the amount of pressure I applied to achieve a worn finish. It's important after sanding to remove the sanding dust before waxing.
After sanding I applied a coat of soft clear wax. I didn't want a stark contrast with the hardware, so I painted the drawer pulls and sanded back the paint to reveal some of the original finish.
The photo above shows how sanding can give the finish a worn look. I used 220-grit sandpaper wrapped around a sanding sponge and gently sanded the paint smooth. I applied more pressure to areas that I wanted to achieve a worn finish.
The photo above also illustrates the various degrees of sanding. The drawer front is sanded smooth although shadows of the paint strokes still show. Heavy distressing was applied to the edges to accentuate the lines, and a worn finish was applied to the trim areas.
Although the table was in good shape before, I'm pleased with the new look! I think the dark finish gives it just a little drama without being too dramatic.
If you're interested in learning more about how to sand and distress paint, then I would like to invite you to stop by my blog for a step-by-step tutorial and a detailed supply list of the materials I used.
Suggested materials:
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (Graphite) and clear wax
  • Various sandpaper and sanding sponge
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  • Lori Lori on Oct 02, 2016
    This is one of the best distressing jobs I've seen in a while . I'm not a distressing lover in general, but I think you changed my mind on this one. It looks original to me which is the desired effect right?

    • Patricia Patricia on Oct 02, 2016
      Thank you Lori. Your comment is a lovely compliment and I appreciate it greatly!

  • Rcl12099927 Rcl12099927 on Oct 02, 2016
    Was the hardware removed before painting the wood or left in place? I can't tell from the pictures.

    • Patricia Patricia on Oct 02, 2016
      Hi Rclecompte, For this project I took the hardware off and painted it separate.