Do you sometimes start things then change your mind half way? The dated tea trolley I shared in the last post needed a transformation.
I started off with the intention of Annie Sloan's Emperor's Silk paint covered with Graphite to give it a deep colour.
However, once I painted the Emperor's Silk over the trolley, it looked bright & vibrant.
GO BOLDLY was my mantra for this project!
The top was first given two coats of Emperor's Silk red paint, then I used a kebab skewer to draw the lines on the top before adding some random markings of Florence which is a bold green colour.
Once all was dried, I painted a coat of Graphite over the whole top. The Emperor's silk & Florence dabs gave a deep, light catching colour under the Graphite that improved with the dark wax. It shimmers in various light & gives depth to the top.
The dark carvings on the drawer & details were improved by the use of Old White. It waxed to an old wood type colour; the dark wax emphasised the shape of the details. Old White on the turned legs gave an interesting touch, a sort of distressed look even though it had been painted over the red.
Once dark waxed, Emperor Silk takes on a deep, aged look that is very pleasing ….
I always have a moment of panic when I first put the dark wax on because it comes on very dark until it is rubbed in & buffed. This is the look that panics me ….
The dark wax really gave depth to the top of the table ….
I love how the dark wax aged the Old white & toned it down to a weathered colour
The completed project - ready to be put into use as a sewing table over winter & smart enough to be used for drinks or anything else that is needed.
What do you think? Would you have gone as bold as I have? Thank you for stopping by & for taking the trouble to leave a comment.