Happy Tuesday Everyone! I am loving this week so far because the weather and the month of September have completely put me in the mood for all things Fall!! The weather in Georgia is finally starting to cool off, and I’m gearing up for a nice crisp September, October & November! I am one happy girl :)
Before I start showing off my Fall projects and decor I wanted to post about my Entry Table Revamp that I posted about on Instagram months ago! It’s a project that has been a long time coming, and I am excited to finally post about! I’d love to hear your thoughts on my process and your suggestions on furniture refinishing products you love to use!
This project, that should have taken me 1 weekend but ended up taking 4 weeks from start to finish, is finally done and is now ready to be taken over by fall decor. That’s another post entirely! Now, I didn’t work on it everyday for that full 4 weeks, but I started the project on my last free weekend at the beginning of June. I had 2 weddings the next 2 weeks of June then our church youth conference the 3rd week (I’m a wedding planner and currently work in Marketing for our large church conferences too). So, needless to say, it was a crazy busy month. Then July and August became all about the creation of Southern Breeze Collections!
Anyway, I started it because I thought it would be a simple sanding and staining project. Oh how I was wrong haha! I totally forgot this black entry table was once white and I had already repainted it black…this made the sanding impossible. Also, the only parts I was able to really sand with the electric sander were the top and bottom shelf.
The spindle legs and electric sander did not mix very well. So then I decided to try paint stripper which worked to get the black off but still left some of the white even with multiple tries. I was over it and my last free weekend was over too. So it was put to the side for the next 3 weeks.
I finally got some free time to finish it up, but by this point I had changed my mind on wanting to stain it because as you can see from the last picture (please excuse the small “puppy” pool in the background…this was a hot day and Izzy needed some water to splash around in :)) it still needed a ton of sanding, by hand I might add, to get the surface good enough for stain only. So I decided to paint it gray and do a sort of white wash. This was so easy!!! Why didn’t I do this from the beginning? Don’t ask! ;)
So, I got some gray primer spray paint and this awesome wax that is made to protect your pieces. If you get the white instead of the clear you can leave as much on as you want and it stays in the cracks of the wood for a distressed look!
So I got 2 real good coats of the gray primer on and it turned out like this…
I let this dry real good over night then I started with the white wax. You can either paint this on or do what I did which was use a lint free cloth to apply it then another clean cloth to rub it back off. My favorite thing to use, as I’ve mentioned before, is pieces of my hubby’s old white t-shirts. They work perfect for staining and this wax too!
This is a similar technique you would use when staining. You put it on and rub it back off until you get the look you want. I had to re-add some coats and wipe it back off until I got it just like I wanted. You can leave as little or as much on as you like :) You do want to rub some off because if there is too much excess it won’t dry. Once you’re done you let it sit over night.
This is how mine turned out…
This is the final project. I LOVE how it turned out…I was over the all black that looked so stark. Once I get my walls repainted in our entry way this new “beach chic” entry table will fit in perfectly :)
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this revamp! Hope you have a wonderful week!