I have had this table for years. I got it at a yard sale I think - it's been so long ago that I don't even remember. It has been used in a number of places over the years. Eventually, it ended up on a screened porch where it took a bit of abuse. Since moving, it has been in my attic.
I decided it needed to be red. I wanted a red table for our porch. I spent ages looking over red swatches and finally settled on a Ralph Lauren color. When I went to Home Depot to pick it up, they had quit carrying Ralph Lauren paints. Ugh - that paint was great - it covered so well.
Oh well. I then looked through all of the Home Depot red swatches under their fluorescent lights (which no one should trust when picking out paint colors) and found one that I thought was fairly close. The man who mixed my paint had a little trouble. It was his first day in the paint department. Lucky me. Still I felt confident - everybody has a first day.
It would take 25 to 30 minutes to get to Home Depot. Maybe I could just mix in a little black. It might be OK if it were a little darker.
Forget it. I hate red. I'll never paint furniture red again. I primed over the whole thing. Then I painted the table with a color I've been dying to try out. It's the custom mix that Tracey at Notes From A Cottage Industry uses - her signature robin's egg blue.
I put one coat on - it was lovely. Then, just as I was about to put on the second coat, I had an idea - if I did some sanding, a little red (or raspberry or plum) might show through and give the piece a distressed look. The table is not a fine piece of furniture - distressing it would be appropriate. If it didn't work out, I'd just put a few more coats of blue on. What's a few more coats of paint?
Now we're talking! I loved it. The raspberry showing through look snice since it's in small areas. It gives the table a bit of character. I'm not sure where on the porch it will end up. I have a number of rockers I'm painting and I'll need several more tables to put around.
I think this table needs a red geranium on it. Oh - and I really like the large wooden knob. It looks so much better than the smaller ceramic one that was on it before.
This whole stressful, distressing, paint episode ended up being a happy accident. If it hadn't looked terrible all along the way, it would have never gotten to the fun look it has today.
I have linked this post to Transformation Thursdays at The Shabby Chic Cottage.