Refinished in Barn Red, the end table took on a new life! Black glaze accents the detail and molding, accenting the design of the piece.
Distressing revealed both the original wood tones and white primer that provided an extra pop.
Small white marble and brass pulls were added the drawers to top off the new look.
The transformation is this old end table is one of my favorites, and I decided it was a keeper! Since childhood, I’ve loved the color red. It’s also the color of my favorite football team! Go Big Red!!
There is something that just doesn’t seem right about beating a piece of furniture with a chain!
I’d heard it could be done to distress furniture, but something in me cringed at the idea. It just didn’t seem right!
Maybe it’s the idea of the damage done being irreversible. Once the harm is inflicted, there’s no going back. Yet as I’ve learned, banged up furniture is often what makes the painted and glazed look come to life.
How I did it
So I give in, and bought two feet of heavy duty chain at Home Depot. Then I pondered which piece would by my victim. The passed over Queen Anne end table, on top of which I had refinished countless other end tables, was my choice.
I’m a newbie to this, so it still seems very strange to think that I beat this piece. What made me do it was the potential of what could be. Afterwards, it’s nice cherry finish was dinged up, with little pot marks all over the place.
Next came white primer, followed by Lime Green paint. Then Black Glaze, and man did it make those dings pop! When the piece was distressed, all the colors–including the original wood finish and white primer–came together to create a fantasic rustic finish. It’s almost hard to imagine the original table could take on this look!
This octogon end table is a great example. It’s painted in Lowe’s Valspar “Homestead Resort Pale Olive”, which was provided by the owner for her custom order. It was lightly distressed, and has Espresso colored glaze providing an antiqued look that accents the detailed areas.
The great thing about painting pieces like this is that with this newly upstyled look, you would never know it originally had such a dated surface!