Sunday, August 21, 2011

Thanks Annie Sloan and Santa

Finally, I finished my little table project. Honestly, this working full time is for the birds! I am soo glad I can finally show you the results. I hope you like it. I was not sure if I wanted to finish the top or not since it was in such bad shape. Hubs sanded it down as much as he could without ruining it. There are still some spots and it is not perfect but I think it is beautiful.

I painted it Annie Sloan's Old White, waxed with clear, buffed. I then mixed some dark wax with mineral spirits and painted in the grooves w/ a small bush. I must admit I think I did things backward.
I think I figured out the art to this staining with dark wax, ceramics! Yest ceramics like painted in the 70's and 80's. Seems that is the closest thing to compare this process to. Now if your not old enough to remember, the rage in doing projects back then was ceramics (Santas, vases, plates you name it). In the early days we painted over raw material and it would be fired, but later you would buy a piece and paint and stain it. I did this Santa in the late 70's. The comparison
would be, you have to learn to control the stain on the painted project. 
Anybody else done ceramics?
BTW, I have no idea what ended up being stamped on my pic from my old blog. My Santa, my pic, my blog, my house. Anybody have any ideas what is embedded on the pic?
Top before:
Top after:

Big, big change. I think he did an awesome job. I don't know what the white bits are.. there wasn't anything on the top.

I think she is a beauty.

Thanks Annie, glad to have a familiar project back.
I do love hearing from you guys when you take the time to stop by! Thank you so much... I know mine is no big fancy blog, but I love the friendships I have made, so I am keeping at it. 


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Oh Beverly, you did a great job. The contrast works really well. Nice job.

❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ said...

The little table turned out great. I like the top dark and the base white. Great choice:)

Anonymous said...

It looks fabulous!! The love the top darker.


Barbara F. said...

What a great job on this table. Looks brand-new. Yes, I did ceramics back in the late 70's. My mom too. I have hardly any pieces saved, I sold it all or gave it away. I did a lot of glazed pieces (2 firings), but I did a 19-piece nativity in Hummel stain finish. I don't think there are many places left where you could take classes. xo,

Miss Char said...

Beverly, this table is beautiful. I love the distressed white with the wood inlayed top. Perfection. I of course am old enough to remember ceramics, heck I think I remember when fire was invited :). Thanks for sharing this table, I love it.

Miss Char said...

OOPS, I should have typed that I remember when fire was invented! Old age in my typing too.

sissie said...

What a sweet little table. I love that you left the top dark and restored and the AS chalk paint looks great on the bottom.


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh yuk I hated working, no fun! This is a beauty, oh I love it, so rich looking and perfect!


A Rosy Note said...

That turned out so nice! I think I'm probably the only person who hasn't tried chalk paint yet.

Terry said...

This table turned out so beautiful. I got one almost like it at a garage sale for $1. I was not able to save the top with the beautiful inlay like yours. Most of it was gone. I will share soon on my blog but yours is just so lovely.

chatterbox said...

This looks lovely!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

She looks beautiful...her makeover job turned out great!!! This chalk paint is so neat and so easy to use.


Babs said...

Beverly, Your table turned out beautifully! The detail really shows now. I like the top in the natural wood showing the inlay pattern on top.
Nicely done.

Natasha in Oz said...

You did a brilliant job on this gorgeous piece.

That Santa is gorgeous too!

Best wishes,

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Love it Beverly!! Martina

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is such a pretty piece. I love that you left the top wood. Wonderfully done! The white chalk paint accents the detail just wonderfully.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Beverly, it DOES look gorgeous! I just love it! The white distressed bottom with the stained top is one of my favorite looks!

You did a great job!

Lou Cinda :)

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

This really turned out great. I love the lines of this sweet little table!

Lina - Fancy Frugal Life said...

Just wanted to say your little table looks fantastic :) I want to try this Annie Sloan goodness soon :)


Pamma said...

I love it! Beautiful top and the ASCP old white looks fantastic!

Jennelise said...

Very beautiful! I like the way you kept the top the original dark wood.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That looks great. Thanks for sharing it at WOW.

molly susan strong said...

Oh oh how perfectly done. I am so thrilled you shared at my first link party...Market Monday. Thanks again,

Nan @ Playful Decor said...

Beverly, Beautiful! I keep seeing more and more of you painting older furniture white and it looks so great! I don't think you're going to have an older person's house! We do - previous owners never updated from 1980! btw, if you have any posts on kids decor I'd love to have you come to my new party Tuesday's Nursery. Here's the direct link:
Any age and any items related to kids rooms, ideas, pinterests pins. Hope you can make it!

Rettabug said...

Wowzer, Beverly! That turned out AWESOME! BRAVO to you & your sweet DH.

I wanted to become your newest follower but I can't seem to find your spot to do so. ???

I loved seeing your beautiful bedroom & also how you're updating your pretty home. I think I'm beginning to live in an "old lady's house" LOL All my doorknobs are brass & I still have the light fixture you just took down. LOL

I figure if I wait long enough, it will all come back into style.

I'll come back later to follow you. Perhaps the widget is just down at the moment.

Rett (another RN)

Creative Choices Interior(s) said...


I love this look. I always have! I am so glad you decided to leave the top dark and paint only the bottom. Such pretty detail in the top too. every time I see a piece like this my heart skips loooove.

Beverly said...

The table is gorgeous, Beverly. I love it. You are always creating something amazing.

Shabby Friends said...

Love it.

Shabby Friends said...

Love it.

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

looks great!

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Very nice! I love the combination of paint and stain together. I have been searching for a table just like that one. Your newest follwer!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Beverly, I love your table, it has such character. I've got to invest in some of that paint. I'm sure there is something around here that needs my attention more than the walls. lol.. hugs ~lynne~

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Wow!!! I can hardly believe the transformation. You did a beautiful job. The staining job you did makes it look amazing!!! Kudos!
Thanks for swinging by my place recently. : )

arrielle_p said...

Awesome! You did a great job in there. :)

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