Something Old, Something New, Nothing Borrowed, Something Blue

So the table is old, and for something new I tried a new paint brush as well as a new brand of paint. I didn't borrow anything, but the paint is blue, hence the blog post title.

Vintage gate leg folding table.
Vintage gate leg folding table

I picked up this vintage gate leg folding table at a thrift store this summer while visiting in northern Ohio, It's exactly the same as another table that my daughter found for me. I've never seen this particular style of table before, and now they seem to be everywhere! The legs swing together so the table can be stored flat. A small project like this is great for practicing new techniques without the investment of a lot of time or money.


The legs swivel so the table can be stored flat.
The legs swivel so the table can be stored flat
One thing I've learned is the paint brush used on a project can make a significant impact on the final results. The new brush I purchased for this project is an angled china bristle brush with a short handle. It fits my hand well and is great for painting in tight spaces. The new paint is Serene Chalky Paint by Americana Decor. I typically use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint because you can't beat the quality, and I've tried some chalk-type paints but wasn't thrilled with the results. The color drew me in on this paint, so I decided to give it a try. By the way, this is not a sponsored post . . . I'm just sharing the products I used.

Trying new products: angled china bristle brush  & Americana Decor Chalky Paint.
Trying new products: angled china bristle brush
& Americana Decor Chalky Paint

When I first opened the container I was surprised at how thick the paint was. It was creamy like face cream and I was concerned that the jar might night be enough for my project. However, it spread extremely well and I barely used any paint. The angled brush was perfect for painting the spindles as well as the flat sections of the table. To quickly paint spindles, move the brush quickly back and forth in sections around the spindle. Then give it a couple of vertical swipes with the brush to smooth the paint out before the paint dries.

Quick method to paint spindles.
Quick method to paint spindles.

I wanted a shabby chic finish on the table, so I sanded the paint with a fine sanding sponge followed by 220-grit sandpaper for heavier distressing. The paint sanded differently from what I was used to. Not in a bad way -- just different. I'll need to try it on a couple of more projects to perfect my technique with this brand.

Vintage table painted in Serene blue.
Vintage table painted in Serene blue.

I sealed the paint with the Americana Decor creme wax. As much as I was surprised by the thick paint, I was more surprised by the consistency of the wax. It was very thin, but easy to spread.

Shabby chic distressed table top.
Shabby chic distressed table top.
The table folds up flat so it's easy to tuck away in storage when not in use.

The table folds up flat for easy storage.
The table folds up flat for easy storage.

I don't have a specific list of New Year's resolutions, but in general I've committed to learning and trying new things. Are you planning on trying something new in 2017?

Shabby chic vintage gate leg table.
Shabby chic vintage gate leg table.

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Supply List

Below are the supplies I used for this project. Some links are affiliate links which  means I earn a (really) small commission (ha ha) if you make a purchase. It doesn't cost you extra, but it helps support the time and effort of maintaining the blog. Thank you for your support and understanding!



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