Monday, September 3, 2012

End Table Revamp

We got end tables about 30 years ago.  Yes, you can insert an old lady joke here.  Anyway, one day, I decided to paint them.  I went with a classic black.  By the second day, I knew it wasn’t me.  The dust it showed!  I have a black TV thing, but this was so much worse!  So, onto gray!  I like the gray, but the paint never got real hard.  Even though, it was sanded and primed and painted in air conditioning, here it is two months later, and it still isn’t hard.  I used Lowes’ latex paint.  Never again on furniture.  Then, I thought they were too plain.  So I tried a stencil, but it just wasn’t me.  So, on to a new plan-- sponge painting then stenciling.  For all you young ‘ins out there, to sponge paint, you get a  sea sponge—or ask your mom for one, and then I mixed the gray with a bit of old craft paint I had hanging around—as long as they are both latex paint, you can mix them.  Pour the paint on a paper plate—or if you are lazy, one of your real plates,and dip your sponge in. 
 Then you need to pat off most of the paint. As you can see, I used the box in the living room to pat my paint off, but a paper towel is reccommended.
 Pat, pat, pat the paint on—the goal is not to have streaks. The goal is to make it not solid, but however much paint you want on it. Then I was going to stencil the plain gray paint, but I like it the way it is, so enough already! I’ll wait at least a day and pile all myjunk—lovely stuff back on the tables.