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Antiquing Furniture: No Sanding

For months now I have been telling my hubby that I want to try re-finishing a piece of furniture just to see how it turns out.
We were driving home when I saw a garage sale sign and we went to my first ever garage sale.
We found these 2 tables and figured it'd be the perfect time to experiment with the idea.
We love the outcome so much we can't wait to do it again.
Step 1:
 We went to  lowes and they mixed the color chalk board paint we wanted.  Why chalked board paint? NO SANDING! Yes, really, no need to sand!
We had them custom mix a light gray for us.  When painting don't worry about the brush strokes, it adds to the character.

Step 2:
We watered down some sample white paint and added a coat over the gray.  Don't worry about how white it looks, it dries almost clear.

Step 3:
Sand the corners and edges that would naturally get some wear and tear. We sanded the top and side smooth surfaces as well.

Step 4:
We got an almost clear wax and added ebony furniture stain.  I  kept adding until it was as dark as I wanted it.  I melted the wax in a bowl in the microwave, others would probably suggest boiling the can in hot water.  Then we painted on the wax and it made such a huge difference!

And that is it, very simple to do and so worth it!

The room is not yet complete but this is just to give an idea of what it looks like in a setting.


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