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Painting a Vintage Table

French blue painted and distressed table | www.andersonandgrant.com


The weather has finally cooperated and I have been able to snap some pictures of my painted table....maybe a few too many pictures!  My apologies if you feel I'm getting you a little too up close and personal with a piece of furniture.




French blue painted and distressed vintage table | www.andersonandgrant.com



So, when you last saw my yard sale table, it looked like this.....


Painting table | anderson + grant



It started out looking like this.....


Painted table before | www.andersonandgrant.com



And here is how it looks now....


French blue painted and distressed vintage table | www.andersonandgrant.com


My fears of this table being too blue and bright were laid to rest after I took some 80-grit sandpaper to the chalk paint finish, followed by some antiquing wax.  The color really ended up the exact French blue color that I was imagining.  It is a lesson to not get too scared by color before the project is done.


French blue painted and distressed vintage table | www.andersonandgrant.com



French blue painted and distressed vintage table | www.andersonandgrant.com



And as always, I love how the stained table top ended up.  After I had removed the previous finish, I re-stained it with American Walnut stain , which is what I've been using on my furniture projects.  The color ended up very red toned on this wood, though.  So, after it dried, I rubbed on a darker brown stain (it's an old can, so I have no clue what the color is).  That darkened the top to the perfect color I was looking for.


Stained wood table top | www.andersonandgrant.com



I love the look of the color of the wood next to the blue paint.


French blue painted and distressed vintage table | www.andersonandgrant.com


The details of the wood are so much more noticeable after the paint and distressing.

French blue painted and distressed vintage table | www.andersonandgrant.com




The turned legs stand out so much more with the addition of a little white paint....just enough to highlight the table,  not detract.   

French blue painted and distressed vintage table | www.andersonandgrant.com


French blue painted and distressed vintage table | www.andersonandgrant.com


As I said when I first showed this table, I know that not everyone enjoys seeing old furniture painted.  I know that not everyone enjoys a lot of distressing.  

But, the top of this table was worn and needed re-stained anyway.  The table had already been refinished at least once in it's past, so I wasn't destroying a perfect antique table.  And I haven't actually destroyed the table....paint can always be removed and the table can be re-stained.


French blue painted and distressed vintage table | www.andersonandgrant.com


I love the look of my finished table.  And I enjoyed really distressing it to make the table look like it has been painted and used for all of its hundred or so years.  




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