Monday, June 18, 2012

Table Top Refinish

Hello there!  I hope you enjoy this step by step tutorial on how I refinished this blue/grey table top.

Here is the table and bench after they are completed in my my customers home.  The table was quite pretty to start with but with the dark stained (veneer) top did not go with the white, light brightness she wanted in her kitchen.  The table was purchased at Dallas Nadeau for a STEAL and the bench was purchased from an unfinished furniture store.  I DID NOT do anything to the finish on the base of the table, just the table top and the entire bench.

Table before

Step 1:  Sand the top with medium grit sandpaper using my orbital sander.  I was not sanding down the top finish just slightly taking off the shiny top coat.

As you can see I did not sand down the top completely just until it looks a little dull. 

Step 2:  Roll on one coat of latex primer.  I usually use Glidden Gripper.  This coat needs to be thin and will dry quickly.  When this dries it will feel very rough, lightly sand with a fine sanding block just to smooth out to the touch.  It should not take off any of the actual primer.

Step 3:  Dry brush
In this finish I used three colors:  a Blue grey, light grey and off white.  The first color I brushed over the primer was they blue/grey color.  Dry brushing is done with a chip brush.  With very little paint on my brush I painted in straight long strokes covering I would say 85% of the table.
Second I dry brushed on (in splotchy areas) my grey color.

In this photo you can see the dry brushed blue/grey, a few areas of my darker grey and still a few areas I dry brushed with the white.  At this point my table looks very splotchy.

Step 4:  Glaze or toner
In this particular project I used toner made by Caromal Colours but you can also use a medium brown glaze.  I watered down my toner a bit and just used it on corners and a few areas around the table to show a few worn spots. 

Step 5: Brush on watered down white.
This is the step where I started to love the finish.  This will blend all the colors together and give it the beautiful blended finish.  Start with the paint really watery and brush over a small section, let it sit for a second then gently wipe off with a dry cloth.  Some spots I ended up going over a few times before I like the way it looked.  I even dipped my rag into the watery paint and rubbed on the table in areas I felt needed lots of blending.  This step is hard to explain so you will need to play with it a little.

Step 6:  Top coat your table.
I used 2 coats of minwax clear wax for this project.  Basically follow the directions on the can.  My one piece of advice is it does not take much wax at all - if you put too much it takes too long to dry.  Also, do not do this on a super hot day where the sun is beating down on your project, your wax will never dry.

Here is the table in my customers beautiful kitchen.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Summer Workshops - few spots left

I have a few spots left in the June and July Summer Workshops.  This will be it until 2013 due to the arrival of our little girl.  Register for classes and pay deposit on right side of blog.
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Three Boys!!

What a fun project!  This customer has three boys under the age of 6.  They each have Pottery Barn twin beds and plaid bedding so we added a Plank Board, Chalk/Magnet board, Shelf and Frame to each of their rooms to pull all the colors together.
I had my camera on the wrong setting so some of these pics are blury.

Bryce's Room

Rhett's Room

Wyatt's Room

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lovely in Lavender

Custom Antique Vanity/Desk Makeover

Before (the top needed a little work)

Back of desk before

Metal flower knobs will go on drawers

Custom vintage design painted on new vanity back

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Butlers Pantry Makeover

Butlers Pantry Cabinets Before.

 After:  Three color glaze/distressing.

I had a great time while working on these cabinets in the beautiful home of Elaine Hargrove of House of Hargrove - check out her site

Check back in the next few days for a fabulous custom vanity makover, photos of a blinged out damask powder bath and step by step instructions on a kitchen table refinish.  This mama's been busy :-)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

LaTeDa Designs Workshops

Furniture RefinishingJune 23rd 9:30am - Shreveport
1030 East Bert Kouns - inside front of building.
Bring a small to medium size piece of furniture to complete during the workshop.  This clas will cover basic prep, painting, glazing, light distressing and protecting your piece.  Space is limited!
Workshop Cost:  $89.00
Deposit due at time of registration:  $39.00 - pay deposit here right sidebar
Once class is full I will start a waiting list.  Must cancel 10 days in advance to receive a refund on your deposit.

Advanced Painting Technique
June 23rd 2:30pm - Shreveport
1030 East Bert Kouns
Do not bring a piece of furniture for this class.  I will provide wood sample boards for you to practice on and take home at the end of the workshop.  We will cover advanced techniques including multi-layer paint peel, texture, plaster with glaze, distressing without sanding and the Caromal Colors line of paints, glazes and toners.  This class is for those of you that want to learn diffrent techniques that can be used on furniture, walls, cabinets, even canvas.  There will be lots of instruction.
Space is limited!
Workshop Cost:  $95.00
Deposit due at time of registration:  $45.00 - pay deposit here right sidebar

Plank Board Art
July 22nd 1:30pm - Shreveport
1030 East Bert Kouns
I will provide bare wood plank boards, you can choose square (approximately 3ft x 3ft) or rectangle (approximately 2ft x 4ft).  I will provide all necessary supplies for you to complete a unique large piece of art for your home.  There are several options available as far as design for the boards, initial, 3 letter monogram, fleur de lis and/or short phrase.  If you wish for something custom (outside of what is normally provided for this class), there may be an additional fee.  Contact me for questions on that. 
Space is limited!
Workshop Cost:  $95.00
Deposit due at time of registration:  $45.00 - pay deposit here right sidebar

Save your spot by paying the deposit on the right hand side of my blog.  It is not necessary to have  a paypal account, you can use a debit/credit card.  If you have a gift card or credit with me please contact me via e-mail