French Country Accent Table

By Artisan Loop, Creative Director in Union City, IN.

Winning Category

The accent table came to me filthy and covered in candle wax.  I scraped off the wax and sanded to a smooth finish.  Next I scrubbed with a TSP solution and rinsed off with a clean rag.  It was ready for the first coat of General Finishes French Vanilla Chalk Style Paint.  I quickly applied the first layer, not paying any attention to the direction of the brush strokes.  I allowed it to dry overnight before applying a second coat.  Due to applying a light color of paint over a dark wood it was necessary to apply a third coat.  There were peaks of paint formed due to my choice of using a chip brush.  I wanted a distressed look but did not want to see the brush strokes on the table so I used a palm sander to do the hard work for me. However, you could use your good old-fashioned elbow grease and a sanding block if you prefer.  I dampened a rag to pick up the chalk dust left behind from sanding which completed this stunning accent table.  Place it next to your favorite chair or cozy couch and enjoy a place to rest your morning cup of coffee, with a shelf underneath to place your favorite book or magazine.  Open the doors to quickly stash away clutter when you receive an unexpected visitor.  

Products Used

  • Accent Table
  • Chip Brush
  • General Finishes Chalk Style Paint - French Vanilla
  • Sanding Paper
  • Palm Sander
  • TSP
  • rag

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