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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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