The original black paint was very chippy which usually I love, but I imagined this table grey. I decided to strip the base of the table to remove some of the paint so I could get a smooth finish. Afterward, I sanded it using 220 sandpaper. First, I painted two coats of 1-2-3 Zinsser Primer. After the primer dried, I painted one coat of a lighter grey and then used a dark brown glaze to finish it.
The glaze I used is Valspar Translucent Mixing Glaze found at Lowes mixed with Raw Umber craft paint. I worked in small sections applying the glaze with a brush. After wiping the majority of the glaze off with a rag, I used a dry brush to soften it. I love how it accented all of the details.
I was planning to stain the top so I used the palm sander to remove the paint. Although, as I began sanding I realized I liked the variation between the light wood and the black paint. I came up with the great idea to try a white/grey wash to finish the look.
I mixed a light grey paint with the Valspar Glaze using a 1:4 ratio. I brushed the glaze on and then took a dry brush to remove some of the paint and give it texture. The wood began to reveal itself even more when the mixture dried. It really exposed a lot of it's imperfections which I love!
I sealed the whole table with two coats of Minwax Polyurethane Spray in Clear Satin finish.
|After using the palm sander.|