Do you remember that scene in The Wizard of Oz where the house lands on top of the wicked witch and all you see are her legs sticking out with those fabulous ruby slippers?
Well, I found a fabulous pair of legs sticking out just like that underneath a pile of furniture in Courtney’s garage!
My legs didn’t belong to a wicked witch. They belonged to a cute farm table Courtney picked up in her travels.
They didn’t have ruby slippers either, but they did have great detail that I knew would look wonderful with a little American Paint Company all-natural clay chalk and mineral paint. I took the legs home with me along with the tabletop and two chairs.
We recently remodeled our kitchen with new black cabinets, marble countertops and a gray subway tile backsplash. American Paint Company offers several shades of gray. I thought all of those grays would be pretty swirled together on the tabletop with the look anchored by black legs and chairs.
I started with a base coat of Rushmore on the tabletop. Then I added layers of Smoke Signal, Plymouth Rock and Freedom Road. I can’t tell you exactly how I applied the paint because it was one big experiment. I just added a bit of color— dry brushing in some spots, applying it thick in others. Then I rubbed away color with a damp sponge, a technique called wet distressing.
I kept layering colors, letting them dry, and then wet distressing to reveal the colors underneath.
I don’t know how many layers I ended up adding. I just kept repeating the process until all of the grays swirled together in a way that looked perfect to me.
The nice thing about paint is there is no strict formula for success. You just keep playing around with it until it looks wonderful to you!
After the tabletop was finished, the legs and chairs were easy. I painted them with Cannonball, a slick new black color from American Paint Company’s limited edition Ellis Collection.
I applied several coats of APC Top Coat to give everything a more durable finish. (We have four grandchildren under the age of 5 who visit us often. We eat a lot of hot dogs and play a lot of Candy Land at this table so I need it to be durable!)
After the Top Coat dried, I mixed some APC Black Mica with clear wax and applied it to the table legs to make them even blacker and shinier.
Eventually, Dave is going to build benches to go at the long sides of the table. I think benches will be easier for the kids to sit on than chairs. Plus benches tuck underneath the table, making my kitchen look bigger.
Until then, the two chairs are perfect for Dave and me. This upcycled table set was just what we needed as the finishing touch for our new kitchen.
What Dorothy said is true—There’s no place like home!
Our Introduction to American Paint Company class is THIS SUNDAY (March 9) from 1 to 5 pm. Learn the techniques I used on this table, including layering colors, wet distressing and how to apply metallic micas plus more! Cost is $99. We have a few spaces left so let us know if you would like to attend.
We would love to see you there!
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