I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your families. Around here, we kept it simple with a small family gathering on Christmas Eve at my parents’ and on Christmas Day we relaxed at home with the kids. As I promised on Instagram, once the kids were in bed on Christmas Day, I undecorated the tree and dragged it out to my deck. So glad to be done with that mess. There’s a reason we haven’t had a tree since 2013!
Today I’m sharing the makeover of a cute end table that I’m using in my own home. My friend, Reeves, painted one of these a couple years ago and I wanted one for myself ever since. I found the table on CL a few weeks ago and spent the last two days painting it in a product that is new to me: Fusion Mineral Paint. Another painter and friend, Crystal, at Team Sutton Designs was kind enough to forward some paint she received from FMP so that I could try it out! (Thank you, Crystal).
With the weather in our area being cold, damp, and generally not good for painting, I am unable to work on projects in the garage this time of year. It is impossible to heat the space sufficiently for a freshly sprayed surface to properly cure. Instead, I brought this project indoors to our master bathroom (which is large and unfinished – previous owners never finished it), and the perfect space to make a big mess.
For my regular readers, you know that I tend to create pieces with high gloss finishes and projects of that nature are all about prep work. I pride myself in taking the time to properly prep my furniture before spraying. The fun thing about this piece (that is hard for me to admit) is that I did ZERO prep work in terms of filling and sanding. I wiped down the table in warm, soapy water – but that is it.
Here’s why: the original table is mahogany wood with a reddish type stain. If you’ve ever used water-based paint over mahogany wood, you know that it is a disaster when it comes to bleed through. Priming doesn’t stop bleeding and if you sand back the original topcoat, the bleeding is much worse than it would be if you just left it. In addition, because this table has a handpainted finish, I can accept the imperfections that are part of the original finish that give character and charm to this restyled piece.
After wiping down the table, I coated the entire piece in clear shellac. Clear shellac has several uses including acting as finish coat, an odor blocker – and in my case, a stain/bleed blocker. I applied by hand with a foam brush and waited about 30 minutes before applying paint (it dries very fast!). I applied 3 coats of paint with a Purdy paint brush. It brushed out nicely but it is very obvious that it is hand-painted. Honestly, it was fun to get back to my roots and just enjoy painting and not obsess over perfection. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and plan to paint a few more pieces in the bathroom in the near future. 😉
Here is the “before” photo of the table in my bathroom. Never mind the dead Fiddle Leaf Fig in the background.
A close up of the brass-capped claw feet.
The color I used for this piece is called “Casement.” It is a warm, bright white and goes perfectly with my decor. The table will sit along a dark wall in my living room so I wanted something that would contrast nicely against navy blue. Allegedly, this paint has a built in topcoat. As much as it goes against everything I normally recommend, I did not apply any topcoat (or wax) to this project. Since the piece is for me, it is safe to experiment and see just how true that claim is. If it turns out to be true, I have a good feeling I may use this a lot more if / when I start painting regularly again in the Spring.
I used sand paper to sand off most of the tarnish, while leaving the perfect amount in the grooves.
See what I mean about very obvious brush marks? I’m not used to this.
Thanks so much for reading.