Whitewashed Coffee Table

This coffee table is different than other pieces I have done recently and I think it warrants a little background into me and my business before I share my painting process and the after photos.

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In the first six months of starting Hazel Mae Home, I painted both vintage furniture and newer pieces (think Pottery Barn, Ballard Designs, Ethan Allan) for clients. But I began to have second thoughts when I found myself sanding and priming pieces that had a new glossy finish or were previously painted. Or when I was painting over veneer, plywood or pressed wood.

I am almost at the three year mark for Hazel Mae Home and now I typically only paint furniture made of real wood. Vintage pieces.

The reason is two-fold. First and foremost is that I am five years out from a Stage 3b Melanoma diagnosis. I will be cancer free for five years in September. (Yay!) Because of this, I prefer not to sand original finishes or use primer. I do wear a mask, but it’s still dusty and I’d rather not breathe in the dust particles or primer fumes. The second reason is simply that I love antique furniture. I am filled with joy when I paint an old piece of furniture that has seen better days, but holds memories for its owner. I love how the paint goes onto the old, worn, real wood. I love the carved details of antiques and how the paint highlights these beautiful details. I love original hardware and how it stands out against newly painted drawer fronts.

So, all that being said and despite this coffee table being part plywood and not really vintage… I saw the potential and I made an exception.

The top was in the worst shape and I sanded it down with my orbital sander before doing anything else. It still had some dings and scratches in it after my sanding, but with the finish Amy and I had decided on… the dings and scratches were going to work for me in the end. I cleaned it with mineral spirits and made a small repair to the drawer front where there was a larger chip. Because this table was previously painted, I painted one coat of Benjamin Moore Fresh Start Primer.

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Now I finally got to the fun part. I painted a first coat of Annie Sloan Paris Grey. I wasn’t looking for full coverage since I had a second step to do, but I was sure to get good coverage over the primer.

The next day I created a wash of Annie Sloan Old White. To do this, I mix the paint with a splash of bottled water until it has a milky consistency. Working in sections, I paint on the wash, let it sit for a little while and then wipe away with a paper towel. The wash settles in the details and those dings and scratches that I mentioned before. I finished with Annie Sloan Clear Wax. Can you see all the texture in this first photo? It’s lovely.

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Because this is not an old piece, the original hardware was just plain wood knobs. And one was broken beyond repair. I suggested to Amy that a new set of knobs were in order for this table. And I had the perfect ones in my collection! These beauties are from Anthropologie and I think they are the perfect finishing touch for this redesigned table.

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This coffee table definitely went from drab to fab. And although it isn’t a vintage find, it certainly has some strong character now.

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Once again… thank you Amy! I truly enjoy working with you and I’m excited to start on your next piece!

… Kristin

Do you like Annie Sloan Paris Grey? Here are a few more pieces painted in this beautiful color…Vintage End Table, Dresser.

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5 thoughts on “Whitewashed Coffee Table

  1. Well gosh Kristin. High five on the five! I can only imagine how awesome that must feel. I hope you’ll celebrate big in September when you get to the five year date.

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