Our very first apartment was a third floor walk-up in an old Victorian house in New Jersey. It was owned by a woman named Virginia – she was great. Everytime I see the comic strip Maxine I think of her. A funny old bird, who loved the fact that she was a funny old bird!
On the day we moved in we found that the apartment still had bits and pieces of old furniture in it. “Keep it”, she said. “I left it there in case you didn’t have anything else”. We must have looked like seriously poor college students. Funny thing, she was right. We had a bed, a thousand books in milk crates and an old couch. We figured that was all we needed!
One of the things she left us was a small table that even now – 24 years later – we call the Virginia Table:
As you can see, it has seen better days, but it had good bones and some spunk left in it. Sort of like Maxine – and Virginia. So I thought it would be a good project to test out my pot of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
I had to fix up the uneven veneer top with wood filler –
And gave it a good coat of Aubusson Blue ASCP. I’d heard a thousand glowing reviews that it only took one coat of this paint to transform anything into instant amazing, and I am so delighted to say that it worked for me. There were some areas that didn’t cover completely but it sort of looks like that distressed finish that people get by going over a piece with sandpaper. So I took that as a “cool – I get to miss a step” rather than an “oh, foo – I have to do another coat to cover it”. Anyone who knows me knows that I tend to get impatient with crafty projects so this was a very happy moment for me!
See? Those darker areas are more “lazy” than “creative” — don’t tell anyone. I’ll make believe I slaved over the detailing and if you back me up I’ll buy you a martini!
After I stepped back and looked at the whole thing I felt a little underwhelmed at the outcome – it looked a bit boring to me…
So after some mulling over, I decided to pull out my very favorite brown paint and fuss it up a little.
If you haven’t read other parts of my blog, you should know that I have an odd love for Home Depot’s floor paint in Bitter Chocolate. I’ve used it on my stair hall transformation project (you can see more shots of the stair hall in my mudroom transformation project post, too), and to cover the icky floors of my newly renovated dining room until I can get proper flooring, and even made up my own little quick-access paint container so I can use it without having to haul out the whole gallon.
So I painted the top brown to emulate a stained finish:
And I think that did the trick – I like it a ton better now.
Here’s some detail…
So here is the before and after:
What do you think? I think Virginia would love it.