Here is what it looked like before the makeover. See the saw horses, I even got those from my neighbor!
After cleaning it with a liquid sander/deglosser I painted the entire table in Paris Grey.
Then I dry brushed Pure White over the base and feet and gave it a bit of sanding to reveal the Paris Grey underneath. I decided the top was begging for a graphic and thanks to the Graphics Fairy I had the perfect medallion saved in my graphics file.
I hopped on over to BlockPoster and enlarged it to the size I needed.
Then using graphite paper I traced the image onto the center of the table and hand painted the details with thinned Graphite color chalk paint.
Happy with the results I went ahead and added clear wax to the entire table and brought it upstairs to photograph. That's when I learned a hard lesson in not prepping a piece properly!
You can see in the photo above that the top was showing terribly in the natural light. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement! So back down to the workshop it went and I took my mouse sander to it. It helped but because oak is such a grainy wood I would have had to sand it down to the bare veneer and loose the graphic that I painstakingly hand painted. Not going to happen!
I repainted the top carefully around the graphic and it looked better but not perfect. Having little choice I decided to embrace it's imperfections and have a party with dark wax!
The skies parted and the angels sang as the Paris Grey took on a darker tone and provided a stronger contrast with the Pure White. Liking it so much I decided to paint the feet Paris Grey. Now this is the sweet thing about chalk paint, you can paint right over wax!
I don't mind how the dark wax settled into the unevenness of the top because it adds...ahem...character. Yeah that's it, character!
Now it's time to bid this little fella a fond farewell and find it a new home.