Sunday, April 21, 2013

Weathered Shelf Table Tutorial


The challenge:  A client needed a table for her foyer... but it needed to be 11" deep to fit her small foyer.  "Well, I don't have one, so I will just have to make it!"  After rummaging through my furniture stash, I found the perfect piece to reinvent!


The top picture shows the side where the false drawers are missing.  This is the side I decide to destroy remove.  My DC (Dear Client) needs 11" only, so I measure that and mark it directly on my piece. 


You can see the cut on the left side that I made with the circular saw.  But because of the different depths of the side of the piece, I decided to use a Sawzall for that. 
 So I use my angles and mark my straight line down each side.


Then... cut away!  Very important tip is to wear your safety flip flops. 


Here is the cut table resting on an old dentist table that I have. 


It made a very convenient prop for painting!  
Now, DC had requested a weathered wood look and as you see, that is pretty much the opposite of what I have.  Time to reinvent again!  I use Murphy's Oil Soap on all my pieces for very thorough cleaning.  You would be surprised what comes off with that soap!
I decided to go with layers and using paints I already had on hand... I chose colors to layer with.  I chose black, grey, and a brown with a green tint.  Use what you have...I used chalk paint recipe and mixed up my paints... first I put black on the crevices and edges I knew I would be distressing the most. 


I followed up with my grey

Of course, it was here that I realized I forgot to add my trim work to the back cut edges.  It is hard to get a perfectly straight edge with a sawzall so I used some trim I had in the shed and glued it on, clamping overnight.  Then I got back to business...

Then covered with my brown


I handpainted some sweet little Coastal Star(fishe)s

And then ran some sandpaper over the whole table distressing the hotspots... then added a clear coat of Fiddes & Sons clear wax.

And here is where the fun begins... how to really give the distressed look ... DARK WAX!  I used Fiddes & Sons Dark wax for the the aging and it worked beautifully.  
DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THE DARK WAX!  I absolutely can not wait to do this again.  I mixed dark with my clear... and applying with my trusty chip brush...


First I dab my brush into the thick of the wax... then dabb on the clean side of the plate to get off the access... then I applied the wax in the corners and crevices first to get the most "age" into my corners.


Then I would apply on my flat surfaces, with many swipes of my brush... really feathering the paint over the whole piece.  The repeated feathering (really light strokes) really smoothed out any brush strokes and led to a natural look.


And yes, I did go back over it with a clear coat of wax.  I don't think I had to... but there were places that were a little heavy on the dark wax that I wanted to touch up and yes, clear wax absolutely DOES work as an "eraser" to the dark wax.  


Later after my son's ball game I came back and buffed out the table really nice and shiny...

and attached two hanging tabs to attach to a wall... 
and we are done!  A beautiful weathered shelf table - with the Coastal Star treatment!