Monday, August 30, 2010

Painting an end table...


I bought a pine end table several weeks ago off of Craigslist and had been meaning to paint it ever since.  Well, one thing led to another and I never started the project.  But, in an effort to unwind and de-stress tonight, I decided to give it a go...

Here is the end table that I started with...

The biggest issues I had to deal with were the scratches and water rings on the tabletop.  I knew I would have to go with an all-over color to mask a lot of this...
I think the big selling point for this piece was the legs.  Who doesn't love nice legs? :)
After several color/stain attempts, I decided to go with a quart of paint that I had yet to use.  The color is called Burlap from Sherwin Williams and I had originally bought the sample quart to try out in the living room (too light).  Although it appears very putty colored in the picture, it actually has a green undertone--I really liked it.
This was the look after one messy coat.  Although I liked the look (slightly rustic), I really thought it needed another coat.
After the second coat...
You can still barely see the wood graining through the two coats.  I really wanted the table to look imperfect--it's much easier to get away with a quick paint job that way.
Overall, I like the end result.  I may leave it as is.  However, I may add a bit of the ever-popular Stain and Seal to age the table a bit.  I've decided to sleep on it and look at it in the day time.  Often times I rush my projects to "be done" and regret it.  I am making my best attempt to enjoy the process more.

Well, the project helped to provide an outlet and a mental break.  Do you ever feel drained at the end of a work day?  I highly suggest painting something you can't really mess up!

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