Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The story of the neverending paint job

Today I bring you the story of the neverending paint job just like the title implies.

Once upon a time, a crazy curly haired lady found a plain wood table with a wonderful embellishment on the center brace on Kijiji.
She drove 20 min to go and pick it up and a lovely elderly Italian lady opened the door and said oops we put it in the basementa, will you be able to a bring it up youself?

Good thing the curly haired lady wore her running shoes.
She hauled that table out of that basement and only wacked the stairs once and loaded it into her truck with the Italian lady exclaiming, Is that you big truck? very nice!

The curly haired lady got her table home and set it up for closer inspection.

The top was solid wood and the base also solid wood but painted a strange red wood tone with fancy drip marks.

The lady knew this "coffee table" would not be used as such because of its alarming height from a different era and that the strange paint on the bottom was probably from the 50's meaning it would bleed like a stab wound in a second grade horror flick.

She decided to tackle the project and changed into her crazy painting getup and went to work sanding down the paint just in case.

She applied 3 coats of white primer and 1 coat of shellac thinking better be safe than sorry.

The next day came and so did 2 coats of a gorgeous mix of Annie Sloan pure white and old white for a creamy white finish.

The table was waxed and starred in a lovely instagram photo and blog post of a vintage hoard


The lady thought her table was so pretty and that it would look gorgeous in its light white tone at the foot of someone's bed.

When inspecting her work she noticed 2 little spots of pink coming through so applied a good coat of shellac to the legs and repainted them white just to be safe.

She began working on other pieces of furniture and then called it a night.

The next day she went back out to her garage workshop and checked out her table and let a cat startling scream escape.

The bottom of the legs and brace were all turning pink even with the 3 coats of primer, 2 coats of shellac and 2+ coats of paint.

Are you kidding me?

The crazy haired lady shoved her lovely white table into the back of her garage and didn't look at again for a week out of sheer frustration.

When she finally decided the table was too great not to finish, she decided that it was not worth the hair pulling to continue down the white path and changed the path to country grey with a white wash finish giving it a supreme french farmhouse feel.

Low and behold the haired ladies table. 
Jeez this story deteriorated into a haired lady instead of a crazy haired lady conjuring up images of hairs growing out of noses and ears. I swear that part isn't true.

The lady knew it was still summer but since this table was going to be for sale in the glorious fall, she thought a lovely wool plaid blanket would do the trick at the end of a fur clad bed.

The finish on this table now makes the lady happy and has country grey beige with white tones and light white distressing and chipping.



  1. I really love it! What are the dimensions of that table?

  2. Just beautiful and totally worth the effort! And I had a table that gave me grief too. I would think I was all done and then weird oil spots would show through. That table ended up with so many coats of paint and primer!

  3. It really looks great...I think it was worth it! ;)

  4. You really turned lemons into lemonade! :) It turned out beautifully!

  5. Too funny -okay not the many many steps you had to go through or the hairy nose part. But the rest, too funny. She looks great.

  6. Love all the hairy remarks...hehehe made me laugh. The table was worth it..looks amazing! Come link up to centerpiece Wednesday and share this post with my readers! http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/08/centerpiece-wednesday-88.html

  7. Cute story, and looks like it soon shall have a very happy ending, yay.

    Looks great like that- better than bright white.

    Well done.

    Sorry, however, that it was a difficult task.

  8. I still remember one of my art teachers saying no one else will never know how much they should appreciate your work because they won't know the story behind it... but now we do! Thanks for sharing. Looks like the hairy lady did a good job! ;) Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/08/fridays-five-features-no-4.html

  9. You got the last word on that table....good for you! It turned out great, love the color!


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