When I pulled out the paint brushes, other than being white, I had no preconceived notion of how it would be transformed. Guided by my gut and stepping out of my comfort zone, it morphed into a Birds of Paradise French Provincial Table.
There was nothing wrong with the table in white and the distressing was lovely too but I still wasn't feeling it. That bottom shelf was begging for a graphic and that's when this baby started taking on a life of it's own.
I thought about doing an image transfer but then decided to go big or go home with a large Birds of Paradise stencil. The scale is big for this piece but I went with it anyway.
I had an unopened can of Pebble Beach chalk paint and fell in love with the color from the first brush stroke! On the birds I used Duck Egg Blue.
I still wasn't feeling it and so I dry brushed the top with Pebble Beach. Then I tried a sanding technique I'd never used before. I filled a small spray bottle with one part white vinegar to one part warm water. When the paint was dry to the touch I sprayed it with the vinegar solution and using a kitchen sponge wet sanded it, moving both with and against the grain. I loved the look I was getting and went over it a few times until it was a washed out gray.
Now I was feeling this table! Instead of using clear wax I applied white wax over the entire table. I loved the white washed effect I was getting and it softened the distressing as well.
You may recognize that stencil from a few months ago when I used it on a coffee table. If not you can see that makeover at Birds of Paradise Coffee Table.