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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
The white tint emphasizes the carvings:
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.
Ann Marie and David