See this table? A lot of work went into it, and I’m proud of it. Rightfully so. One of my early pieces, I painstakingly stenciled on top and then put touches of gold details on the base. It would fly out the door. Of this I was sure. Yet now, almost 2 years later, it sits forlornly in my living room.
Hand painted ASCP tableThe table looked radiant in Annie Sloan Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint, especially once I  stenciled a Royal Design Marrakech medallion  in gold on her, highlighted with orange ice stencil creme.
Royal Design Medallion Stencil

Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery’s owner, Suszi, borrowed her from our booth and prominently featured her in special, seasonal vignettes — Christmas, St. Valentine’s Day, and yet another Christmas. My beauty sat in stunning front-door displays, where everyone who walked in saw her.

Nothing. We lowered the price. Nothing. Every time the season changed, our table boomeranged back to our booth where she languished.

Time for a makeover. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I finally embraced the idea that our elegant red, round table needed a personality change. I wanted to go for something completely different — and hoped she’d sell. I opted for coastal colors.

Since it’s spring in Florida — with summer arriving in a week or two — I chose a beachy color. I like Amy Howard’s Tick Tock from her One Step line and Ace Hardware now carries her products.

I used it once before — with a subtle whitewash — on a coffee table that quickly sold.
Amy Howard Tick Tock Paint

The thing to remember with Amy Howard’s One Step Paint is to mix it. It’s gelatinous on the bottom, so serious mixing is essential. Once it’s mixed, the paint is still thick. I like to cut it with water.

I covered the Emperor’s Silk with ASCP’s Old White — just one coat — and then moved on to Tick Tock. Here’s the table after I covered it with Old White and began to paint the legs with Tick Tock.
Amy Howard's Tick Tock

I applied two coats of Tick Tock but still needed to convey a sense of the ocean’s salt spray. I tinted my wax, a new technique for me.

I mixed Old White with Clear Wax, using more paint than wax. I didn’t measure but it had the consistency of cake frosting. Working in sections, I used a chip brush to apply this tinted wax. I waited a minute or less and wiped the mixture off. It left a light whitish covering — just what I wanted.
Coastal Colors

The white tint emphasizes the carvings:
Coastal Colors
Coastal Colors

I finished up with Clear Wax and chose not to distress her. I don’t want to detract from the salty spray.

Our new coastal table moved into our booth today and sings a serenade of spring on the coast. I’ll let you know how long she stays.
Amy Howard's Tick Tock

Ann Marie and David

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5 Comments on Coastal Colors — Round Table Redo

  1. Cynthia Chilson Finger
    March 20, 2016 at 1:37 am (6 years ago)

    Your table looked beautiful in red, but with it’s new coastal makeover, I bet she’ll sell real quick — especially since you live in Florida. Thanks for sharing, Cynthia

    • irisabbey
      March 20, 2016 at 3:05 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks, Cynthia. Hope springs eternal.

  2. Melanie
    March 20, 2016 at 2:20 pm (6 years ago)

    I had to do the very same thing to a drop leaf kitchen table a few years ago. It was hard to admit defeat . . . But after I repainted it, it sold in a week! And funny, I repainted it a light blue too! I think it’s lovely, either way 🙂 Thanks for sharing it at #FridaysFurnitureFix

  3. Diana Petrillo
    March 23, 2016 at 4:30 pm (6 years ago)

    Hi Ann Marie! I’m surprised no picked up in the red, but I think you were wise to give it a makeover. The aqua color is still so in right now; I’m sure someone will snatch it up 🙂 Thanks for linking up your posts at Vintage Charm!

    • irisabbey
      March 23, 2016 at 6:21 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks for the vote of encouragement, Diana. The table awaits its new family.


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