These past few weeks have been nothing but cold and dreary. With only a couple of days of sunshine to call our own, I’ve been nesting in our house most days working on projects. All of those “I’ll-get-to-that-eventually” tasks that I never actually seem to get to have been on the “just-get-it-done” list this month. I’ve been working my way through our furniture and restoring older pieces to give them a fresh look. I decided to give a lighter look to the top of my Singer sewing machine table my dad made for me a few years ago. We used the piece as the alter in our wedding and I love having it around the house as a reminder of our promises we made that day.
Photo Credit Blackstone Photography
I originally wanted to have the piece finished with a darker top to match the base better. Since it was apart of the backdrop at the wedding, I wanted it to look like more of a cohesive piece. Since bringing it home, I have debated changing it over and over again. I was unsure of what exactly I wanted it to look like, but I definitely knew I wanted it to be lighter.
I began with a good sanding with my rotary sander. I made my way through a few coats of the previous finishes and stopped once I began to see the grain. The plank is pine so I wanted to keep a bit of the previous stain to give it a bit more depth.
After getting the table top sanded down, I began to work on the base. David and I snagged it at a yard sale a few years ago for $20 (steal!). I think it was stored in a basement for a while. It didn’t have a whole lot of damage but you could tell that the time has taken it’s toll on the metal. I simply applied a good coat of hemp oil with a rag. It took only minutes to bring the whole piece back to life again.
For the table top, I decided to make a wash with Mora. I wanted a lighter look but didn’t want to use such a stark white color, however I also wanted to allow some of the wood to show through. So I thought a wash would be perfect. I used about 2 parts water to one part paint to achieve the look. I applied two coats of the wash and followed up with a coat of Furniture Wax to finish up.
I am so pleased with the outcome! The color ended up being about two shades lighter than our current wall color (chosen by our landlords) and I find it has helped to brighten up the little nook next to our steps. With our dark hardwoods, dark steps and shadowy walls, the area needed a little bit of a facelift.
If you’re looking to bring a bit of life to a piece you have around but don’t want to use a full coat of paint, I would definitely recommend a wash! All you have to do is mix it up and apply it in the same way as a stain. And don’t be afraid to play around with different colors! Marian originally developed Curio to be used the same way, but any of the colors can be thinned out for the same affect.