Ready to hear about the strangest makeover in the history of ever? That’s right. This post is about how a little console table went from super traditional mahogany to trendy metallic in one rainy day afternoon. Well, maybe a little more than one afternoon, but close.
Table Makeover Using Fusion Metallic Paint
This post is in collaboration with Fusion Mineral Paint and HomeRight, but all projects and opinions are 100% my own.
In the beginning, this table, which is nearly 30 years old, was too matchy, matchy with some of the other pieces in the house. And worse than this, it was simply looking tired and old. But because it was a good brand with good wood and good bones, I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of it. The way I figured it, some cracker jack furniture refinisher would likely snag it and rock a great makeover. Then they’d be all famous AND have a great table.
So I decided to keep the little table and work on unleashing my inner cracker jack.
How to Paint a Table the Wrong Color
The first makeover began with a chalky-type paint and antiquing glaze. I don’t know why I went with this color. I mean, it’s a beautiful color and all, but what was I thinking? Suffice it to say, trying to channel my inner coastal self just wasn’t working.
Whatever was going through my little pea brain at the time, the result just never worked. Like Never……Never. Ever.
So the assembly was broken down and the pieces were either stored or remade into something else. If you followed the Spring One Room Challenge, you might recognize that the canvas was remade for the great room. If not and you’d like to take a peek, I’ll add the link at the bottom of this post.
But What Happened to the Table…
The console table was hidden away for a rainy day. OK. Terrible play on words, but it truly was tucked away upstairs until I could figure out what to do with it.
Now, fast forward to the Fall One Room Challenge and the dining room makeover.
All I can share at this point is that I needed a console table to go back on that wall and, for weeks and weeks, I looked high and low for just the right piece. But did I find one? Noooooo. 🙁
So I finally decided that the perfect piece in the perfect dimensions with the perfect finish just didn’t exist. And if I was going to get this wall up and running for the makeover, I had to put on my big girl “painties” and morph back into “Make-do Sue.”
How to Paint a Table in a Hurricane
By the time the table was upended in the spray shelter, paint had been mixed at Sherwin Williams and I was ready to rock a super quick and easy fix. You know, the “finished-by-noon” kind of fix? And ordinarily, this would have been the case because the combo of the HomeRight Spray Shelter and the Max Sprayer makes the job fly.
But on this particular day, Harvey arrived at my doorstep. You may remember him. Harvey is the hurricane that devastated Houston and other parts of that region.
Well happily, Harvey didn’t bring devastation to my area, but he did bring a surprise rain that was beyond heavy! I mean waaay beyond the usual short, but heavy Southern-style gully washers. This was a rain that made you feel like you’re under water and went on for hours. Needless to say, even the paint sample I had smeared on the piece wouldn’t dry in this super-saturated humidity.
And so, for this day, the plan to spray paint was aborted.
How to Paint a Table the Wrong Color —Again!
Now, looking back on that rainy morning, I just know that the good Lord was looking out for me. I mean, I know that deep in my heart-of-hearts this super hot pink color will be worked into the dining room decor, but to paint this particular table this particular color was wrong. Just. All. Wrong.
The goal in painting this table is to create balance by tying the oil painting and the table together, but this just wasn’t going to happen with the pink.
Finding Metallic Bliss
Thank goodness a miracle happened.
A little later on the rainy hurricane day, I looked at this table and immediately saw it in my mind’s eye as a bronzy kind of gold. Not moving towards contemporary, but more towards vintage chinoiserie.
OK, I know what you’re thinking. And I’ll agree that it’s totally weird coming from a traditional girl, but just bear with me.
Why Fusion Metallics?
Reason #1 – Complete Coverage
I already knew that the metallics in the Fusion paint line are like real paint, not a see-through creme that simply highlights. When applied to a prepped piece, they provide complete coverage —just like regular Fusion paint. So since my table was already prepped, the first step was so easy.
I simply applied TWO COATS of Brushed Steel. Dry time between coats will vary depending on the humidity, but I waited a couple of hours even though the piece was inside in the air conditioning. Remember, it was absolutely pouring rain. In normal conditions, I’d give it 30 minutes to an hour.
Reason #2 – No Brush Marks
Another reason I used Fusion Metallics is because they go on without leaving brush marks. Remember, back in the day, when the big complaint about using metallics was the inevitable brush strokes? Well, this just isn’t a problem with this paint. Plus, I used a one-inch angled brush made for applying Mod Podge. You know Mod Podge, the clear sealer that goes over craft projects. It needs to go on without brush strokes, too. So since I had the brush on hand and needed to get into all of the nooks and crannies with one smooth stroke, a Mod Podge brush it was.
However, only ONE COAT of Fusion Bronze was applied. I wanted the silver to come through with bronzy-gold highlights so I was careful not to overdo the Bronze application. And I applied the paint in long strokes. On the top of the table, I started on the left and stroked all the way to the end on the right. And the legs were stroked from top to bottom.
The result is an amazing vintage look that moves the piece from traditional to trendy in a snap.
Number Three Out of Five
And I forgot to mention this at the top of the post, but this table is the third piece (out of five) that has been refinished for the Fall One Room Challenge. Hard to believe that all of these pieces will come together in the dining room, but it’s true. They are really looking good. Yep, I’m totally amazed.
But for this particular post, I wanted to simply focus on how Fusion Metallics worked for this table.
Two more posts will circle back to explain:
How the previously gaudy-gold-turned-pastey-white frame around the oil painting came to blend with the table.
And, how to camouflage the wide gap between the table and the painting.
But for now, these pieces, which are all decked out with new accessories, are waiting for the series of reveals to begin on October 5. Of course, we hope to see you there.
And for today, that’s all there is to it.
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