August 18, 2014

Trash to Treasure: Graphite and Pure White Side Table


For this edition of Trash to Treasure, I was given a classic Pottery Barn side table by a friend.  The sleek and modern PB aesthetic doesn't exactly scream French Country so I spent a few days trying to determine the best way to paint it.  French Linen and distressed was definitely not going to look right.


Enter Annie Sloan's Graphite, a shade I recently purchased and have been looking for an opportunity to try.  P.S...can you see my new professional drop cloth in the background?  I decided it was time to graduate from using old towels or random plastic sheets.  Coming up in the world!


I'm a little obsessed with it.  The color is a deep gray and reminds me of (how original) pencil lead.


It's dark and mysterious and has depth, but looks sleek once it has dried. 


I wanted to add another element to the table so I decided to tape off the legs and paint them Pure White.


The result was a two-toned look that added visual interest to an otherwise basic table.





I waxed the entire table with clear wax and did not distress it.



I was pleased with the re-do of my first "modern" piece of furniture.  It's different from the look I typically gravitate towards, but that's the fun challenge of Trash to Treasure: using items that I have and transforming them into pieces that will be loved and used for years to come!

8 comments:

  1. Cute! I want to add a quarter inch of inka gold metallic wax at the bottom of each foot.

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    1. Ah, Teri! Yes...come back later this week to see a "blooper" post...let's just say I tried some gold...and had to paint over it.

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  2. I guess great minds think alike.... too bad it didn't work. What did you use? I have done it on my chairs and it came out fine.

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    1. I just used a craft paint...it was a gamble! What did you use? I would love to know.

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  3. I saw your craft paint experiment....I have the cure. It isn't expensive like the gilding wax, and it doesn't stink like rub-n-buff. It is by Viva Decor, Inka Gold. You rub it on with your fingers, or use a small paintbrush, or even a makeup sponge. It comes in many colors. I got so excited when I discovered it that I overbought and ordered several of each color. I didn't know that one container would last forever. I use it on bare wood, painted wood, metal, plastic, just about anything. Use it like gilding wax or like rub-n-buff. Or like paint too, if you use a little water. I ordered several from amazon in the bigger size 2.2 oz; also from JoAnn's, but watch out for their little ones - they are pretty dried up. If you have trouble finding it, let me know. I think just a small band of gold at the tip (on your white paint) would look really cool.

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  4. I just checked JoAnn's. They have an even larger tub for only $6.99. They don't offer the Old Gold color, just the regular gold, and also a yellow gold. Should be fine. That is a great price.

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  5. I just checked JoAnn's. They have an even larger tub for only $6.99. They don't offer the Old Gold color, just the regular gold, and also a yellow gold. Should be fine. That is a great price.

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    1. Awesome! I will have to try that. Thank you, Teri!

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