Monday, December 10, 2012

Graphite and Pure White Console Table

 This long, narrow console table came from an estate sale I attended recently.

The curving lines of the table give it a French provincial style, while the existing wood finish made it look straight out of the 1980's.  

The original, dark stain on this table masked the carvings.  After painting the table with Pure White Chalk Paint, I used distressing and dark wax to make the lovely details and carvings stand out.

My initial plan for this table redo, was to paint the whole thing with Pure White, but after finishing it that way, I decided it looked too uninspiring. At that point, I made a change and painted the top with Graphite to make this table more appealing to me.

I applied Annie Sloan's clear and then dark wax to the Pure White table base.  I also used clear wax on the top and finished it with a dark wax glaze, made by thinning dark wax with unscented mineral spirits.  I love the way the dark wax glaze deepens the Graphite Chalk Paint, making it appear almost black.

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Fiona, Lilyfield Life said...

so so beautiful, as always. love your work!

Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

You did a fab job on the table.. loved it all. Love your blog... Stop by The Rusty Pearl blog if you get a chance.. Would love to have ya.. LOVE all your stuff. Cant wait to show my friend that is coming over your latest post...
Have a blessed week

Unknown said...

This is beautiful!

livinginmyhomeblogspot said...

Bellissimo!! Complimenti uno stupendo abbinamento. Brava. Ciao da Piera

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

This is a beautiful piece!!

Cassie Bustamante said...

wow! what a gorgeous piece! i love the lines and finish!

Catherine said...

Just beautiful! Love the two tone, looks amazing!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

This looks so pretty! You really did a great job bringing it into this decade.

Jeannie said...

Wow! What a difference, you did a great job, and what vision. We are your newest members, would love for you to join us. Have a great day,

Crys Green said...

Found you from POWW.
WHOA! This piece is amazeballs. Those lines, those details... swoon. You really made it pop by staining the top dark and using white/wax on the lower half. I'm so in love.
Crystal from Euphemeral Designs.

Miss Lady Aga said...

What a wonderful job you did! Love it!!

Amy said...

Gorgeous! I have a small table with similar details that we are going to repurpose into a bathroom vanity, and I want all those pretty parts to show up. Pinning!

Unknown said...

This table is beautiful. I love that you let the details be the first thing you see instead of the color. Great job.


Rita said...

your table looks gorgeous beyond words.
I love how the pure white-dark wax combination makes the details stand out.
a true masterpiece!


Beautiful! LOVE it!

Unknown said...

LOVE! how the table turned out and i would love to feature it. if this is ok with you please let me know

Unknown said...

I just found your blog and I love it!!!! Great ideas for my next project


Unknown said...

Hi Amanda,
I just found this post on your blog and am IN LOVE with this table! I have a desk that was given to me that I'm itching to redo and I think I'm going to copy this beauty! I have a question. Is the Graphite Chalk Paint also Annie Sloan? It is absolutely gorgeous! Have a great day, you creative thing, you!

Becky K

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Absolutely gorgeous!!! how did you paint the hardware? also what is your mixing ration for making dark glaze with was and mineral spirits?

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