This black table is one of my most recent projects. It was not in perfect condition to start with. Some of the veneer had pieces missing and there was a crack on the top tier. Instead of trying to fill in those areas I embraced them. Below are the steps I took when painting and distressing this piece of furniture.
First, and most importantly, I prepped the piece for paint. As usual, I cleaned it really well with TSP. Next I used 220 grit sand paper to rough it up a bit. Finally I wiped it with a damp cloth to remove dust particles and any remaining residue from the TSP.
Wax Before painting the table I rubbed all of the edges and the detail along the top of the legs with wax. I used an old pillar candle. The wax prevents the paint from adhering and makes distressing a breeze.
Paint I used Dunn Edwards. The color is called Black, pretty straight forward. The sheen is eggshell.
Scrape Using a plastic spatula I rubbled all the areas I had applied wax and watched the paint peel away in those spots.
Sand To smooth it out a bit I quickly and lightly sanded the edges with 100 grit sandpaper.
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My mom is a DIY kind of gal. When I was a kid I remember trips to thrift stores, strolling the hardware store isles, and of course spending hours feeling fabric at the yardage shop. She was constantly transforming bargain buys into treasures for our home. With a fresh coat of paint or a new slipcover, she gave old furniture new life. We have always enjoyed being creative together and in 2008 we turned our hobby and passion into a business.
Alchemy fine living is a creative business. We offer furniture painting services, upholstery, and custom slipcovers. We also sell a few hand crafted items on Etsy.
I'm Deana, the author of this blog. My mom, Connie, taught me from a young age how to spot a deal at a flea market or a thrift shop. She could always spot the hidden potential of an old, worn out piece of furniture. I learned to sew when I was four years old and all through the years I helped my mom with DIY projects around the house.
In 2008 she & I turned our hobby into a business. We re-do old furniture and hand craft items for sale in our Etsy store. For those who, like us, love to DIY we offer lots of tips and advice in our tutorial videos. We also offer furniture painting, upholstery, and sewing services for those who don't want to tackle the project themselves.