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Mersman in Mint

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I came across this beautiful little Mersman table recently & since I’m a tad obsessed with mint at the moment, I picked up a brush and painted away!! I also distressed, waxed, primed, and polyed, of course, hehe! The bad news is there are no before pics on this one since I’ve been crazy busy deckin’ the halls, but the good news is that this very table is being GIVEN AWAY soon! Keep an eye on my blog for details & happy holidays to you!!!

Shipwrecked Mersman – Extremely Distressed Table Refinish

Hello again! I have had the color aqua on the brain lately for some reason, so I decided to paint this antique Mersman end table in Aqua Bay by Behr, along with a darker aqua from a custom color match of a plate on my kitchen wall. The results are refreshing and reminiscent of what a shipwrecked piece of furniture might resemble.

shipwreckedangle_sombI see it perfectly at home in an old Key West Hotel… I try to think of a concept for each piece before I refinish it, wether that concept be authentic, traditional, or in this case, shipwrecked, which is more in the lines of furniture as a canvas. Here’s the step-by-step… hope you enjoy!

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Normally I like to restore wood to it’s former glory, but in this case, it’s grain was nothing to write home about & the top was water damaged so this piece became a perfect candidate for a new paint job. My current favorite color is aqua, maybe it’s the spring in the air, or taking my little guys out to the beach… whatever it is, I’m in color love with aqua at the moment! I like to be thrifty, so it’s also the color of my sliding barn door handle (post coming soon). To paint this piece I bought two Behr samples, at not even $4 each, they are a very economical choice and more than enough to cover a few small pieces of furniture. I primed the top before applying Behr’s Aqua Bay flat latex because I wanted the top to stay a more solid color even after distressing & waxing. The rest of the piece I painted a darker shade of aqua, followed by the lighter shade, so that when distressing it would have a beautiful depth to it.
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I let the paint dry for a couple hours before taking a scouring pad to the top, distressing it just enough to let let the white primer and slices of wood show through. Then I went on to distressing the rest by dipping 0000 steel wool into the Briwax tin and vigorously rubbing the paint off. Everyone has different preferences on what products they use. I use Briwax (a solvent based blend of beeswax and carnauba wax) because it’s economical and available at my local hardware store + I received a respirator for Christmas, so I don’t mind whatever smell the wax might have. I achieved this extremely distressed look by taking a lot of the paint finish off while rubbing the wax on. I let it dry for a few minutes then rubbed the wax off with an old t-shirt cut into very small rags, giving it the soft sheen that you can only get with furniture wax. *wax on, wax off* In order to get the warm glow you have to buff the wax off until it no longer feels tacky and your fingers glide on the piece without sticking. It feels so beautifully smooth to the touch, even though it looks incredibly rough! Here in Florida, this extremely distressed look in an oceanic color melds perfectly into any beach-lover’s space.

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Drab to Fab Thrift Store Table Refinish

Hey y’all! I wanted to share my most recent refinished furniture project. I found this damsel in distress for just $5 at a thrift store and fell in love with it’s octagonal shape. Here’s the step-by-step…

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I distressed the bottom which was a dirty shade of yellowish green and it happened to have white underneath (probably primer), which looked like an antique white so it worked beautifully over the bare wood. My distressing technique is to dip 0000 steel wool into wax and work off some of the paint. When I’m happy with the way it looks, I take an old shirt and buff out the wax until it’s smooth. I love furniture wax… it has a warm glow to it and feels so soft to the touch!

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Next up was the top which required tons of sanding. Sanding is probably my least favorite aspect of refinishing furniture, but it’s a must in order to put a beautiful new stain & finish on. After sanding with 80, 120, then 220 grit sandpaper, I tack clothed the top, conditioned the wood, and stained the outer edge in an ebony stain… the center took a bit more time since I wanted it to look aged. I mixed a natural stain with a little ebony and a lot of elbow grease. With the color just how I wanted I polyed it, this time I used a rub-on polyurethane just to try something new… I like the way it looks, warm just like the wax… time will tell how toddler-proof it is.

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I love how this project turned out… now I just have to muster up the courage to put a price tag on it! Happy DIY’ing weekend to y’all!

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