So this is where I started:
Not too pretty. It has great lines and little accents that I love, but the dark stain really doesn't allow them to stand out. I love the ruffly edge, but the top had some serious water damage from a previous owner.
I started with a single coat of Cobblestone from the Country Chic All In One line. This is probably my favorite paint line out there. It is so smooth and levels out so nicely. It dries quickly, but not too quickly. When people ask me, this is usually what I recommend.
It's still drying here, hence the streaks. You can tell I'm actually painting this inside, in my kitchen. We happened to have a small monsoon over here in Texas, so there was no way I was painting it outside. The paint has very little smell, which is another reason why I love it!
When I recommend the paint, I also recommend that you purchase a paint brush from the company itself. I've tried other synthetic brushes with this paint, but theirs is honestly the best I've come across. My table took one coat. There were just a few little spots that bugged me, so I took a mixture of 2/3 paint to 1/3 parts water and made a wash and did a quick wash everywhere to even things out a bit.
Once my table was dried and ready to go, I went back and forth on what I wanted to do with the metallic cream. There are some great youtube videos out there to help you. I didn't think that I wanted the thick metallic look, but I was worried about a washed look too. In the end, I placed 1 tablespoon Country Chic Natural Wax in a disposable cup with 2 teaspoons of the metallic cream. I had picked trigger which has a pewter look to it. I used a disposable fork and worked the wax into the cream and made my own paste. Once it was all mixed up with no clumps, I flattened it out on a paper plate. I dipped my wax brush, and then wiped off excess on the outside of the paper plate. I used my brush to cover the piece, a little area at a time. After about 1-3 minutes I wiped off excess and buffed with a white cloth.
Here you can see the difference with the cream. The top drawer is the paint only. It is pretty, but sort of flat. The bottom drawer has the mix on top. It added lots of depth, and accented the wood details. The metallic cream adds a fun subtle shimmer.
Here it is, in place. Ready for the remote controls, iPods and whatever else my boys will stash on it.
I kept the hardware as is, because it was so cute and delicate and I liked the way the tarnished color looked against the paint.
The ruffled edge gives me a slightly feminine look, but the Cobblestone color and the trigger metallic cream makes it "manly" enough for the boys playroom.
I love this little table so much more now. I'm now going to imagine I found it in a thrift store in Paris, and that it was really residing in a palace before my playroom.
Have you ever used Country Chic Paint products before? I really can't say enough good things about their products. They have truly blown me away--and the clean up is a breeze. This is suppose to be a post on refinishing, and not a "review" post, so I want you to know that everything I'm saying is very true to my heart.
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