Hello! After only 2 weeks off, I am back! After I finished the last table, I said I was going to take a month off from painting any furniture. You see how long that lasted! LOL
In the last post, I talked about the beachy/farmhouse table. I had taken home the drawer out of the 'inspiration' table to make sure I was matching the colors up right. In my house, the colors matched up perfectly!! The sad news is, back in the church, the blue shade didn't match up at all. This didn't bother my client, my pastor's wife, at all (she is a complete sweetheart!) but it REALLY bothered me. I'm way too much of a perfectionist, I'm afraid.
You see, the other colours that are in a room affect what hues we see. In this case, the floor tiles in the church are very dominantly ruling the color scheme of the whole room. They refuse to let us ignore them. They are mostly blue with large amounts of green (and green grout) and little bits of grey and tan. Previously, the walls & trim were also different shades of green. Clearly, the color scheme was super duper outdated and thus the cosmetic makeover! The new wall color and the white trim color chosen by our pastor's wife helped CONSIDERABLY! She had also chosen new wall decor, accent chairs, and the 'inspiration table' and it all looked so gorgeous! This 'beachy/farmhouse table' should have been so beautiful . . . but those floors kicked up a fuss and said "No way, Hosea!"
What was happening was the blue in the 'inspiration table' while sitting in the church took on a blue-green tone (looking just fine) and the blue I used on the this table took on a sky blue tone, thus clashing terribly. Eventually, the plan is to possibly recolour the grout and then the more long term plan is to change out the tile. However, in its current state, those floors mess up the hoped-for color scheme. My mom, my 'partner-in-crime', agreed with me about my table just not looking right so . . .
And now . . . the second table! Again, for this table I exclusively used Plaster Paint Canada products. However, this time I followed PPC's tutorials and painted thin coats. As is my usual, (I probably don't even need to mention it now), I cleaned the table well with vinegar and water before beginning any painting.
After the coat of New Surface dried, (about 1/2 hour), I lightly sanded it but it really didn't need it. The light sand did take off a little of the primer in spots.
I had lots of Grey Silk left so I decided to paint everything but the table top with that. This color had excellent coverage! It only barely needed that second coat and I think that was because of the white underneath. Again, I left it overnight. I wanted to give it every chance to harden in hopes that when I sanded off the brush strokes and roughness that it would do only that and not remove the rest of the paint.
Sanding too light turned the grey to lime green. Sanding just a tad harder took the grey off exposing the white. Just a tad more pressure took the white AND primer off (which is really weird because the primer cured like cement overnight the last two times I used it), too! This would be great for those who love distressing. But, I was TRYING to create a smooth modern look with just a very little distressing. This was not to be. Doing the only thing I could at this point, I went with the flow and distressed away. I finished up with two coats of Matte Liquid Wax.
Did I ever mention that I detest brush strokes? LOL
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