Good evening friends!
I have been playing around with some metallic paints lately &
finished this table in a pewter & white harlequin finish.
I know, I know, but I can't help myself
when it comes to this design!
I used the Rustoleum metallic line of paints &
I absolutely loved them!
I was worried about coverage considering most metallics
need several coats to get a solid finish, but the coverage
with this paint is great!
I went ahead & used two coats, but
honestly could have gotten away with one.
My original plan with this table was to keep the top natural
because it had such a beautiful & unique pattern to it.
However, as I really inspected it further, I noted it had been
previously 'fixed' in a way that would make that impossible.
I could tell the thin veneer had been glued down,
but in a way that left bumps & ridges in the top.
There was also a very dark stain that permeated into the wood below.
I never did figure out what it was, but it was a stinker to cover!
I sanded the top back to get it as smooth as possible then VERY GENTLY
pried up the thin veneer to scrape off any lumpy glue I could.
I then re-glued the top back down so it laid nice & flat.
After a light all-over sanding, I gave it 2 coats of
Kilz primer, sanding between each coat.
That stain kept popping right through the primer though.
Not only the stain, but if you look closely at the picture below
you'll notice there's a slight gold coloring coming through from the old stain as well.
I ended up using my trusty Zinsser shellac to go over the top.
Using the shellac really seals off the offending stain & helps
the primer do what it was designed to do.
Here is a picture of a can since I'm too lazy to get up
right now & go take a picture of mine :)
If you will be working with old pieces I recommend keeping a can of this handy.
Okay, once I got the stain covered, I gave it 2 coats of mist white.
I knew the top needed something special since I
wasn't going to be able to keep it in a stain so of course,
I chose my favorite.
I showed just one of the ways I mark off a harlequin pattern on
this pink n' white dresser I did last year.
I got it all sketched off & started filling it in with a grey I custom mixed.
Once that was dry I went over the grey diamonds with the pewter metallic paint.
A little bling never hurt a girl :)
I am so in LOVE with this paint!!!
I want to paint everything metallic now!
I also gave parts of the table apron & legs a touch of grey & pewter
as well to bring it all together with the top.
A good sanding.........
|yes, my poor sponge has seen better days, but it still has some life in it|
The entire table got a coat of clear wax & a good buffing.
Her little legs are just adorable!
Tiny bun feet...........so cute.
I think even though I couldn't leave the top in a natural wood state
I'm happy with how it turned out.
It has a nice weathered finish without being too overdone
& the colors are neutral enough to match so many decors.
One more before & after before I jump off here.
I'm going to try to sneak back outside & get a couple more things done before
the rain moves in again.
Have a beautiful evening friends!