I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I think it means when a friend tells you she thought of you when buying a thrifty nightstand, you take it and run. Because, you can do everything you've dreamed of doing, but been too afraid to try.
Yes, it's true. I totally used my friends table as a guinea pig.
I have all these fun ideas and faux finishing, texturing, using funky colors....but I've never had a good reason to try because I don't have any more room in my house for experiments. So, this was a perfect opportunity to get my evil scientist out and go to town!
So, to begin my mad scientist process, I sanded down the piece and then wiped off the excess. I took a white spray primer to it and then over that I used a coat of satin white.
Then...I let the madness begin...mwahahahaha!
I took my metallic pearl white acryllic paint and mixed it up with an anitquing agent and a teeny, tiny dab of silver paint. Then, I rubbed it liberally over the finish. Then, I wiped it off. It worked so well! The paint had turned this lovely shimmery - antiquey - finish to it. I then printed up a monogram for the middle of the table and traced it with a silver paint pen. I filled it in and then sanded it down to prepare it for my special mixture. It was AMAZING. Just as I pictured it.
Oh yes. This story is a sad story, my friends. I decided that I need to apply a coat of spray lacquer to the piece to protect the glorious finish. I went to apply it a couple of days after my masterpiece was done.
The spray paint made the acryllic finish bubble and split. Oh, it was NOT pretty. I almost broke down in tears. I may have even shed a few. But mostly, I was MAD. All the work for nothing! Gone! Too sad to contemplate.
After sanding the bubbled pieces off (because I REALLY did not want to start from scratch again), I decided to try some more finishes to hide the nasty parts. I mixed more of my metallic pearl/antique agent/silver paint and took a foam brush and moved it in circles over the top of the table. The legs were fine since I hadn't hit those with the spray lacquer. After that dried, I used a one-step crackle finish to apply all over the top. It crackled pretty good and the finish left a nice shine to the piece. Sigh. I was happy with it. Not ecstatic, like I was in the beginning, but satisfied my efforts to win it back were not in vain.
My "marble" finish
You can still see the N in the middle...sort of...
I used a metallic silver spray paint to paint the drawer. I then roughed up the edges a little bit.
If you look closely, you can see the crackle effect...look very close.
What do you think, guys? Should I give it back to my friend or hide it and try and find a different piece to give her in exchange? Any thoughts are welcome!