Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Distressed and Yeller

distressed painting, Rust-Oleum, table makeover
I am back to painting larger pieces - a cool spell - only in the middle 90's.

The table had great details.

So it became both distressed and yeller.

Here it is - plain brown with a plasticized coat over the top.

It is a nice piece of furniture - sturdy and well-built.

I gently cleaned it - leaving the years of wax build up on it.

Did NOT sand anything.


Used my last can of Rust-Oleum Strawflower.

Two medium coats.

Heavier in some areas.

This is what I was after - bubbling and peeling.

Long ago I would douse a piece with spray furniture polish before painting to get this finish.

However they changed the formulation of the polish and it no longer does this.

I heavily sanded the table and cleaned it again.

I was on a roll and did not take pics.

Next came a light coat of Rust-Oleum Heirloom White.

Can you spy the dark areas of exposed wood and some of the yellow?

Might be tempted to leave her like this.

But, no, you have to sand with a light grit sanding sponge carefully.

Finish by rubbing a rough cheap paper towel to achieve a satin finish.

A clear MinWax finish.

And there she is - distressed and yeller.

Already on display and for sale in Booth C-23 at Riverfront Antique Mall.

The table was painted just for displaying the Villeroy & Boch water pitcher.

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  1. Great table! Love the transformation. Mid 90's is cool?! (I know you are just kidding :-) I thought I was going to die the other day in the sun at 86 degrees!

  2. What a great way to help get a distressed look easier! Have you ever used the petroleum jelly trick? Was wondering how that would work with spray paint.

  3. Donna, I know you're not kidding about the cool spell. Here in mid-Texas the rest of the week is 100, with 101 for the weekend. Them's real temperatures, not just heat index, which will probably be nearer 110. I'd love to see 95 again. Walking outside this morning was like popping into the Panama jungle. Ugh. Love the table and the chairs on each side of it. Heck, I like everything in your booths. Come open a store here, would ya ?

  4. That table is adorable! And what interesting tips...I would have never known about the furniture polish to help distress the finish! Coolio!!

  5. That turned out very nice - love the look of your booth!

  6. Great table Re Love Donna and those two sweeeet chairs in your booth next to her. Ahhhh wish I lived closer! Have a great day.

  7. I love the way your space has shaped up and I bet the customers do too. I spy a sweet Madonna in the background of this pic and that makes me happy.

  8. I love how so many of your posts do a step by step! It's super helpful to the non-Donna's out there :-)


  9. Oh, Donna, you have done it again! Wow! Love it! It would be mine if I were there. What did you tag it??? Just wondering if I need to make a trip home. I bed it's already sold.

  10. Bet it is already sold! Lookin; good!

  11. That table has a great shape to it. Love the distressed look. I'm sure it will sell quickly.

  12. That table won't last long - I love yellow, and it looks terrific. Good job on convincing Kim of customizing the bracelets!

  13. Interesting to see how you achieve the look you want ... which, by-the-way, looks so good. Glad you are having cooler weather.

  14. Beautiful! Love that is has the shelf on the bottom too. I have a Villeroy & Boch pitcher in my Etsy stash. It is blue and kind of egg shaped. I think it is designed to hold hot beverages. It's really cool looking. Anywho, have a great one!

  15. Very pretty Donna. I'm laughing at cool mid 90's it's winter here and I've not seen anything above 60 for about 2-3 months thank goodness spring is only a month away

  16. That table is wonderful!! I love what you did with it.

  17. Donna, I love the table distressed and yeller! The extra work was well worth it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  18. It looks great! I have a side table with that kind of shiny finish that I need to repaint... It's been waiting for ever for my paint brush to come to the rescue!


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