Then to top it off, on top of the table there was what I think was once gum stuck on it. Luckily I had something that took that right off with a little scrubbing. Goo Gone, I love this stuff. It is amazing
So I get all the sticky stuff off and I just kinda sand it down a little with some sand paper I had laying around. Nothing heavy duty, just put a few scratches on it so it would hold onto the paint.
I used Benjamin Moore paint first as a primer, two coats of it and the brown was all covered. I used a roller to paint the top and bottom shelf then a paint brush to paint the columns and top handles.
Next, I decided I wanted to try gray on this project. I am in the process of moving into a new house/apartment when I transfer at the end of the summer and right now all of my things are being stored at my boyfriends house. So he gets the joy of all my things taking over his house. So I'm trying to go with something neutral here because I'm not sure what everything will look like/how it will all be put together at the new place.
I decided to be a little adventureous though and try something new again on this project. I'm using a stencil on the top of table. It's just a simple stencil I bought at hobby lobby with a coupon so I think it was $7. I had a foam poka dot brush also from Hobby lobby that I used to put the stencil on and it worked really well.
Here it is with the stencil on top, I painted the top and bottom with the gray paint and the columns but I decided to leave the legs a cream color, it is the same paint I used to prime this piece with. I painted the stencil the same color as the legs, a cream color. After I was finished with the stencil I let everything dry. It took about 3 hours to do everything because it was really warm today and everything dried really fast.
After everything was dry I decided to sand things down some. Just to rough it up and age it a little. I gave it some roughing up and then I put on some stain. I used a Minwax wood finish stain. It took a while to get the coloring that I wanted especially on the columns. I did those a couple of times to get stain in all the little details it had. I wanted to make sure that they stood out.
Here is my finished product! I think it looks great and love all the details that I got with the stain!
I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I'm definitely going to be doing this again soon. I was a little worried about the stencil but I think it turned out great, especially for my first time ever painting furniture. What do you think?