Welcome to the second furniture makeover for the dining room. If you recall, all of these makeovers are leading to the Fall One Room Challenge that begins posting in October. At this point, the dining room is gutted. And yea, I’m trying not to panic.
In the meantime, please enjoy a little peek at this table-turned-stationary-bar makeover. You truly have to see the before to believe the after.
Stationary Bar Makeover Using Paint and Wax
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paint, but all projects and opinions are 100% my own.
To say that this little table was rescued from the dark side is an understatement. This table and everything else in the room is truly coming out of the Golden Age. Yep. We’re finally saying good-bye to all of the gold and brown and bronze. The room is empty and being overhauled as we speak.
But enough about the dining room. For now, let’s see how this little black table got a new set of clothes.
Stationary Bar BEFORE
The Search for Paint Color
To tell you the truth, I considered a ton of colors, including several shades of deep teal. But none of the teals ever seemed quite right.
I even considered a gold glaze (photo left) and a silver paint (photo right). Whyyyy? WHAT was I thinking?
But my mind’s eye kept saying go lighter…lighter….lighter. I wanted a light, rich color, but one that was fresh and current. Is this too much to ask? 🙁
Then I swung the opposite direction. The color on the chair below is called Inglenook by Fusion Mineral Paint. And as much as I love the color, I had to face the fact that it just isn’t saturated enough to live with the other pieces in the dining room.
Then I considered Homestead Blue, also from the Fusion Mineral Paint line. In fact, the chest below is finished in Homestead Blue with Inglenook dry-brushed over the top. But I really didn’t want two painted pieces in the same color.
Oh, the agony. Where, oh where, was I trying to go with this makeover? 🙁
Create A Custom Color
And that’s when it hit me. Why not use Inglenook and Homestead Blue together? So that’s what I did. The color on the piece is a custom blend of 1 cup Inglenook and 1 teaspoonful of Homestead Blue. To show the contrast, a jar of Inglenook is sitting on the piece.
The final color isn’t really saturated, but is a refreshing and light minty-blue. I can work with this.
Wax for Depth
But, in order to better saturate the color combo AND tie the paint to the unpainted top and drawer fronts, a combination of Homestead House Wax was applied in the colors Espresso and Black. I found that one of these colors was too stark, but they work beautifully when combined. The wax colors were not mixed together, but were applied side by side on the piece and then, when a bit dry, buffed together to create a variegated depth of color.
For more information about how to apply wax over Fusion Mineral Paint, please click here.
The goal was to make the piece look weathered so the wax was applied rather unevenly. More is applied to the spindles and in the corners and less is applied towards the center of the shelves.
As the light comes in from the bay window and reflects off of the left side, it always looks a little lighter than the right side. But trust me, they are evenly waxed and buffed.
Notice, too, the first peek of the new wall moulding and color. Sssshhhh. It’s supposed to be a secret, so let’s keep this peek between us. OK?
And that’s all there is to it. A Stationary Bar Makeover Using Custom Color and Wax.
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And one last thing. If you appreciate this stationary bar makeover, please…
For more information about Fusion Mineral Paint and Homestead House waxes, please click here.