I’m back today with a makeover of a vintage empire style console table. The original finish was a tiger oak veneer that had some damaged and missing areas along the sides. I sometimes refinish select areas of the wood on pieces like this, like the drawers or the top. Because of the damaged veneer, I decided to go ahead and paint the whole piece. I love beautiful salvaged, reclaimed wood furniture, and wanted to recreate that look on this piece. My goal for the table was to achieve a rustic, layered and weathered wood appearance with dimension and variation in the light and dark tones.
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- Country Chic Paint in “Lazy Linen”
- Driftwood Old Fashioned Milk Paint
Old Fashioned Milk Paint Extra-Bond
Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil
- Gorilla Wood Glue
- DAP Plastic Carpenter’s Latex Wood Filler
- 3M Ultra Flexible Block Sanding Sponge,220-Grit, X-Fine
I started by filling the missing spots with wood filler and then gluing and clamping down the loose pieces of veneer with wood glue. Since I was going for a rustic vibe, I didn’t worry about smoothing out every dent or ding. Once dry, I sanded the entire piece and gave it a good vacuum and cleaning. For the base coat, I painted the entire piece with Country Chic paint in “Lazy Linen” which is a light, warm gray. I then painted on two coats of the Old Fashioned Milk Paint in “Driftwood” which is a very pretty medium brown gray. This is the perfect paint for a weathered wood look because of the variations in tone that are inherent in this paint. I added Extra Bond to the first coat of milk paint to ensure adhesion and prevent chipping. I sanded lightly between coats to subtly reveal the lighter base coat.
Once dry, I sealed the entire piece with hemp oil using a wet sanding technique. This is a really easy way to seal milk paint, and results in a buttery soft finish. Miss Mustard Seed has a great video tutorial on how to do this, but basically you just brush on the hemp oil, use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth and work in the oil, wipe off the excess oil, and let dry. I use a 220 grit sanding sponge, which works really well. I just lightly work in the oil with the sanding sponge, almost like cleaning a counter. The hemp oil creates a matte finish consistent with the weathered, reclaimed wood look.
You can see the layering of lighter and darker tones, and areas where the wood grain shows.
I added new flower knobs from Hobby Lobby.
Those sweet little vintage keyholes get me every time.
And the pretty empire curves. Love.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great week, my friends!
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