Drexel End Table

Paris grey chalk paint.


Today's project is a Drexel end table. It was nice and sturdy but the finish needed some work.


Before Drexel end table
Before

This particular end table is the Classic Treasury by Drexel manufactured in 1968. 

Manufacturer's mark on the underside of the drawer. 583-310-3 End Table Classic Treasury by Drexel. 2-68

I used my orbital sander to smooth out the surface scratches being careful not to sand to deeply into the veneer.

Sanding with an orbital sander.
Sanding with an orbital sander.

I applied two coats of shellac to the raw wood before painting.

Applying shellac to raw wood before painting.
Applying shellac to raw wood before painting.

I wanted a light and classic look for the end table, so I chose a color scheme of grey and white. I also wanted a blended effect, so I added Paris Grey and Pure White to a container and swirled it to blend. I dipped my brush into the swirled paint and let it blend naturally onto the table.

Paris Grey and Pure White swirled together.
Paris Grey and Pure White swirled together.

After the first coat was dry I dry brushed a darker grey, French Linen, over the base of the end table. 

Dry brushing French Linen.
Dry brush a darker shade to add dimension.
I used French Linen over the Paris Grey / Pure White mixture.

It was a little too dark in spots for my liking, so I dry brushed a little of the grey-white swirl over the French Linen until I got the look I wanted.

Dry brush lighter color over dark.
Dry brush lighter color over dark.

I lightly distressed the edges with 220-grit sandpaper then sealed with soft clear wax. I sealed the top of the end table with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat for extra durability. I wanted to add just a bit more dimension to the color while still keeping it light and fresh, so after I sealed the paint with clear wax, I applied a white glaze. I used a foam brush to apply the glaze and then wiped the excess off with a shop towel.

Applying white glaze over the painted finish.
Applying white glaze over the painted finish.


After


I'll finish today's post with the "after" photos. I'll include the supply list at the end in case you would like to create a similar look for your project.

Drexel Classic Treasury end table painted by The Black Sheep Shoppe
Drexel Classic Treasury end table painted by The Black Sheep Shoppe

Side view of Drexel Classic Treasury end table.
Side view of end table. I love the tapered fluted legs!


Deep drawer for storage.
Deep drawer for storage.

Winter White glaze applied over painted finish.
Winter White glaze applied over painted finish.

Gorgeous details on the drawer knobs!
Gorgeous details on the drawer knobs!

Details on legs.

Drexel end table.
Close up of drawer.


Supply List

Below are the supplies I used for this project. Some links are affiliate links.


Comments

Popular Posts