This weathered wooden column underwent a rather strange transformation. I first came across it at an estate sale — and didn’t buy it. Several weeks later I eyed it at a charity sale and grabbed it.
As soon as we loaded it into our SUV I set my plan into motion. The neglected piece needed cleaning, repairs and new paint to match my vision, but I’m pleased with how it turned out. The column is sturdier and better suited to the out-of-doors and still maintains its weather worn look. Here’s a Before shot:
Her original weathered look was not cosmetic. By the looks of it, a previous owner probably kept her on a screened-in porch and used it her a plant stand. Keeping the column within reach of the rain may have benefited the plants, but it certainly didn’t help the column’s appearance. Her weather worn look was real.
To make matters worse, the woodworker who made this baby decided to leave messy grout lines that cracked after time and exposure took their toll. David cleaned all that up and made repairs. Good job, David! Another Before Paint shot:
I wanted to paint her with my preferred brand, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Since new owners may put her back on a porch, I wouldn’t use Clear Wax.
But David had other ideas. He pushed for water-based latex paint because he wanted only one coat on her. ASCP would probably need 3 coats. A trip to Ace Hardware for paint led to acquiring samples of Valspar. We settled on a white primer and “State of Mind,” a brownish gray color to help age her up.
I slapped on the white primer as rainclouds began to churn overhead. “It’s going to rain,” David called out. I decided if I didn’t acknowledge him, the storm would pass us by.
I didn’t completely cover her with paint because I wanted her to look weathered — similar to how we found her. Ironic, isn’t it? Our intervention simply made her sturdier and cleaner. Anyway, I finished before a drop fell and lugged her into the kitchen.
A chip brush helped with my dry-brush technique. I just dipped the ends of the brush into the paint and off loaded the excess on some cardboard. Then I randomly created a weathered look — just like she started with. Alas, no photos of this step.
A plant could easily sit on this girl, but we already had a plaster pineapple in our booth at Avonlea Antiques and Design Gallery. The kicker is that this pineapple sat upon the column at the original estate sale. We bought the pineapple and left the column. I reintroduced them, and don’t they make a lovely couple?
I priced them individually so the new owner can have a choice: pineapple or plant. Either way, this column is ready for more action.
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