A friend of mine found it in the back of her garage and immediately thought of me (I can’t imagine why). She wanted to refresh the finish with a white washed look. It’s a combination wood and veneer, with the veneer on the tabletop only. Veneer can be difficult to work with if it’s chipped or lifting off. Fortunately on this one, although the finish was worn, the veneer was intact and ready to accept paint.
I chose the color Ashes. I wanted a wash look but needed a solid coat to adequately cover the damaged finish. After drying I lightly sanded with a fine grit sandpaper. To give a washed wood appearance, I brushed on in the direction of the grain a diluted mix of the Fresco, Potato Skin, wiping off if I painted too solidly. I wanted to give the appearance of the grain showing through the Ashes coat.
When dry, I lightly sanded again, this time in a random pattern. That was all. Finis!
I loved being able to eliminate the step of sealing with wax or polyurethane. It makes for a quick and easy project: one solid coat followed by a light wash.
In this video, I’ll show you step 1 for prepping a chest of drawers for chalk paint. Prepping is really not complicated, so I share my thoughts about why I’m going to paint it.
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