Chinese Emperial meets Shabby Scandinavian style

Question for you: How many of you have several projects in the works at the same time? Thus not actually finishing any of them in a timely manner? Thought so; so do I! Recently I have had the cushions still in the works, along with the bamboo shelving unit and a small table. Because of unseen twerps in the other projects (plus a LOT of issues going on in my “real” world), I’ve only finished the table.

First, let me tell you how I obtained this table. One day a friend came over to retrieve her shovels (seemed I had borrowed, but hadn’t returned them. Oops!) While there, she takes off on a little tour around my house to see how far I’ve come. Next thing I know, she’s pointing out pieces of my furniture saying such things as “I like that” (not so bad, complimentary right?) and “I want this” (hmmm, a bit more assertive, LOL). Most things, as they are mine and I like them, too (or I wouldn’t own them) – it was a no go for said pieces going home with her. But one set of night stands I had been “planning” on refurbishing was stacked in a corner waiting their turn. As she wanted to use them for end tables, who was I to say no. I took them over to her place and came home with this table.

Shoot!  I forgot to take a picture before I started.

But, a) I don’t need a table, and b) It was dark and scratched. So out comes the shabby chic work.

Here’s how what I did:

1) After dusting the table off, painted the entire table with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in white.

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2) Painted the accent trim in a chalky slate blue.

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3) After the paint dried, lightly distressed some edges with a sanding block.

4) Finished with Minwax special dark furniture wax, making sure the dark color stayed in the recessed edges.

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I like it better now, I think it’s lighter and original. I hope you like it too 🙂 Let me know if you think I should add some stencil or artistic work to the top.

(And, as I don’t need it or don’t have room for it – I think I’ll sell this one. Craigslist, here we come!)