Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Soft Side Table

Check out this little side table makeover I completed last week:

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After:
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I got this look by doing a white/gray wash on the table, along with a little brown glaze. I then topped it all off with a wax finish...very Restoration Hardware, no?

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"washes" are obviously paint mixed into water, which you "wash" onto a piece, instead of brushing or rolling on. My trick to a great wash is to add glaze to the mixture, too, to keep the wash from being too watery, or from bubbling. If you use JUST water and paint, sometimes when you go back to the piece, you'll see little water spots, or funky areas where the water pushed away from the surface - and that's not good! The glaze helps it stick.

8 comments:

  1. I love seeing your before and afters! The side table does look very Restoration Hardware, with elegant lines.

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  2. Gorgeous! What do you use to do the wash with, a simple cotton rag?

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  3. My question is really novice, but what glaze do you use? I don't know anything about glazes, and what would you guess the percentage is?

    I would love to use this technique. thanks!!

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  4. stephanie: i use a "chip" brush, which are the cheapie brushes at home improvement stores...they create nice lines.

    kmack: my percentage for glaze is probably 30(paint)/70(glaze)

    thanks you guys!!

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  5. This is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I've pinned it, book marked it, and emailed it to my husband. :)

    Kristen@Turning a House into a Home
    www.decoratingdiy.blogspot.com

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  6. Love, love, love this! Did you have to sand it at all before painting it? Or does the glaze mixed with the paint make it stick even if the table has some poly on it? And do you water down the paint at all?

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