This month's theme for the Fab Furniture Flipping' Contest was to give a piece of your own furniture a fresh start. I had a couple of items in mind, and settled on this adorable occasional table which resides in my upstairs hallway. This was handed down through the shuffle of various relatives shedding unwanted things. Somehow, I ended up with it, but I thought it was a lovely little thing.
The sponsor for this contest theme is General Finishes, a wonderful maker of milk and chalk type paints as well as excellent stain and topcoat products. I am thrilled to be using their chalk style paint in Bayberry green for this project.
This dreary little table I chose has been planted in my upstairs hallway for a few years where it held a pot of faux flowers and is visible from the first floor foyer stairs. It is small enough to tuck into a corner for display without hogging precious hallway space.
It was quite beat up on the top, but the rest of it was in great shape. Not much of the ornate detail was visible however, given the dark stain and a dim area.
After sanding the top to smooth out some blemishes and an all over paper towel bath, it was ready for its makeover.
Let me state that I had a terrible time choosing a color from General Finishes' chalk style paint line. I saw my table in every single one of them. The tones range from light and airy to deep and cozy, and I honestly wanted to try each color. I finally decided to go with a soft muted tone that still packed a color punch and would blend nicely with my other decor. I also wanted to keep it light to show off the gorgeous carvings which I highlighted through distressing.
This paint went on smoothly with great coverage. I only needed two coats to achieve a silky yet dense covering with perfect color saturation. After lightly distressing some detailing, I gave it protective coats of General Finishes' High Performance Top Coat, which I must boast is my favorite water based topcoat to date. It coats beautifully, dries quickly and leaves a gentle sheen of protection.
Here is my fancy petite table all done up holding her own amidst the big guys in my living room for photos (my hallway was too dark and did not show the beautiful green very well on 'film'):
Here are some before pictures of this little lady all shabby and begging for a fresh start and a chance to be chic:
Now here is General Finishes' Bayberry Green Chalk Style Paint to the rescue:
After seeing this table in this spot, it just may have found a new room in which to reside. I love the green with my other furnishings. Orrrr, I may be painting something else this color very soon.
This contest would not be possible without the fine efforts of our diligent and talented hosts Stacy from Anastasia Vintage, Evey from Evey’s Creations, and Carrie from 38th Street. Please contact them by email if you would like more information regarding the FFFC at firstname.lastname@example.org.