A Console Table & a Duck

                      

Another weekend, another new paint finish experiment.



After my first chalk paint project, I vowed not to use the Minwax Paste Wax again.  It had given me a major migraine headache and seemed to be disintegrating the rag I was using to apply it!!  But I kept seeing people use wax on their painted furniture and it was very tempting to try to use that $11 can of paste wax that was wasting away in my utility room...

I have this little inexpensive console table that I bought for my front entry when I first moved into this house.


It's made of rubberwood - whatever that is! and it was serviceable until I had a chance to revamp my front entry with a closet organizer and cube storage.  Then I had no place for this table and it went into the spare bedroom.  It is now being used as a side table in my living room:

If you follow my blog, you'll know that I am now painting all the trim in my living and dining room in a coffee cream colour and the furniture is starting to look a little, well, DARK in comparison.  So I painted the base of the console table in the same colour - no chalk involved, just a nice painted finish.  I sanded it lightly, primed it with Zinsser Cover Stain and painted three coats of the coffee cream.


I changed the knob for an antique brass one and I really like the look - I LOVE two-toned furniture.  After a week of admiring my new table, I decided to take the plunge into the waxed paint look and out came that can of paste wax again...

The wax gave the piece a nice sheen and, since I bought a dark wax, a warm amber finish.  I was so inspired by this piece that I decided to paint a small wooden decoy duck that I've had forever.  This duck was from the early days of my decorating style where I would buy everything in miniature.   Thankfully that stage is well behind me - except for my duck!  lol  He got painted the same colour as the table with Plaster of Paris added into the paint.  I sanded him when the paint dried and applied the same dark paste wax.  Buffed up, he looks so cute!!  and now he's all dressed up with a bow tie.  I love raffia!






Perfect match.  Yet another chalk paint success!

Have a happy and creative week!


53 comments:

Kathy {Pearls in Paradise} said...

Anne, you are so talented! The table is a real beauty now and I just love the little duck! He's updated now!

Anne said...

Anne,
Your table turned out so nice.I love the paint color.That duck looks great too!
Anne

Mel said...

Ahhhh, the table and the duck look perfect now.

I'm really enjoying seeing all of your transformations as your tastes change. I love visiting you!

Home Frosting said...

It all looks lovely, Anne! Lesa

Heidi Lisa said...

Anne, you did it again! I love the two tone too and how your lil' wooden ducky matches!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Anne,

So gorgeous, as usual! And the duck? I'm in love. I'm over here quacking with joy. I may need to find me some decoy ducks to paint and wax now ...

:)

Linda

Margo @ Legacy of a Single Girl said...

I like it, it looks beautiful!!

Red Rose Alley said...

Your duck looks so cute, Anne. It reminds me of the one that my father- in -law carved by hand for us. You are always working on a special project, and you give me inspiration to decorate my own house. Thank you. Happy Easter to you, my sweet friend.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

thistlewoodfarm said...

That duck is my new BFF! He looks so spiffy with his new spring coat. You should start a linky party for people who chalk paint....and the ducks who love them :)

:) P.O.Y.F.C. (president of your fan club)

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Anne,

I love how the table and the duck turned out. The Annabelle Hydrangea look wonderful in the basket.

Dee

Tammy said...

I love the new look of your table and your duck! :) Your home looks warm and cozy too!

Janet said...

I think I need to try chalk paint and wax sometime--your table is gorgeous! Your duck too! :)

Cynthia said...

The table came out great the duck adds some whimsy.

Jean said...

The table and duck look great together! Don't you just love chalk paint?!!

Kelly said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog with your kind words! I love what you did to your table and duck. Isn't paint the most wonderful tool to change things up? Glad to hear that you had better luck with the paste wax the second time around.

Cyndi @ The Decorating Chica said...

Great job, wow what a little paint can do,huh?

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Love your table and the duck is perfect. I have only done a couple of chalk paint projects and I used the minwax too. I would love to try the Annie wax but it's so darn expensive. Anyway, great job!

Emily said...

Paint is an amazing thing. that duck looks great in white.

Meg said...

Great transformation! Looks much better 'after'! Amazing as always!

XO

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Just great Ann, I love two toned furniture and the duck turned out perfect!

Rondell

Jody and Stan said...

Your transformation was a success! Thank you for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Always inspired by all your projects.


Jody

Jennifer said...

Hi Anne, Happy Easter! Your table do-over came out wonderfully and I like the little duck especially. He looks very dapper in his raffia bow-tie.

Mimi said...

The table looks great and so does the duck. I was wondering how you were going to tie them together in your post. Have a great weekend!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Anne the table looks great with it's new paint finish but I LOVE that little duck!!

Rita said...

Again you did an amazing painting job with your console table. it looks so much better after! and your duck in his raffia bow tie is such a darling. I love the paint effect. also love the paint makeover of your sideboard from you previos post. you seem to be doing marvels with your home made chalk paint. which paint type do you yse to mix with the PoP? I have a couple of projects I would like to try my hand at and was wondering whether acrylic paint would be suitable ( happen to have plenty of that especially white). I'd like to try to keep things simple and quick (not a good start for a painting project i guess) and would like to avoid the sanding part... any suggestion?
Wisshing you a happy Easter.
rita

myric andreasen said...

Thanks for the share. I learned some tips. I like the color coordination of your living room.

xoxo
Myric

Anonymous said...

Oh wow! I love your table and duck makeover! Beautiful!

reFresh reStyle said...

Anne, they both turned out great! The duck really transformed in to a beauty!
Debbie

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Love the table beside the soft and you added the perfect touches to it...great idea to paint the cute duck!...looks wonderful!

Kali at The Vintage Milk House said...

Great transformation! I love the two toned look! thanks for the info on the Wax paint. I've been curious myself but scared to try it. I found you via Serenity & Spice and am now following! Would love for you to stop by The Vintage Milk House! Have a great Monday! - Kali

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Anne,
Your table looks great...another wonderful makeover. Thanks so much for coming to my Nifty Thrifty Tuesday party.
Blessings,
Linda

MGal said...

Saw your table on the Delectable Home linky party. Love the two tone. Working on a table for a friend in the same color scheme right now. MGal ~ watchmediy.com

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your table turned out great, Anne! I love that two toned look myself and hope to incorporate it with two side tables I'm using in our guest bedroom. Your duck looks so cute white! Love his transformation, too!

Peg Meckling said...

Okay, you have inspried me. I went out and got some wax. I'm gonna give it a try on a curbside buffet find. Love your work!

Colleen said...

Wow, nice results! How was it working with the wax again? Did you get another headache? I ask because I was planning to buy some for my painted pieces too!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love the table, and the duck. They look great together.

Shari @ turnstylevogue.com said...

You did a great job Anne. I think the stained top with the light paint was the perfect choice!

Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It said...

It's beautiful! I have a table I want to look just like that, but I haven't been brave enough to try it yet. I love that sheen, I'll definitely use wax if that's what it does. :)

CAS said...

The table is perfect & the top looks so great! I'm getting ready to take the plunge with briewax, but have to do some serious testing first, as I want to use it on some oak pieces.
CAS

Sharon said...

The table and the duck turned out great ! Nice job !

Anonymous said...

i love the table and the duck. I LOVE two-toned furniture too.

victoriantailor said...

Beautiful! Great job!

gail said...

cute duck, and I LOVE the little table "freshened up".

gail

Rose :: Fine Craft Guild .com said...

darling. am inviting you /your creative ideas over to our party at http://www.finecraftguild.com/party/ our readers would love that duck!

Katie Goldsworthy said...

Love it!!! The table looks sooo much better! and I love the little duck too.

You're doing such a great job on your place....it's so fun to see the transformation every week!
--Katie

EllenaElizabeth said...

I love your glass lamp shade base.....just do special. I have never seen one like it before.

Tisha said...

Love the table. Love the duck. Another great project, Anne! Thanks for linking up.

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

It's PERFECT Anne! I'm featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee

Jenn Lifford said...

That table looks fabulous and I love the little duck too! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. I'll be featuring this tomorrow. Happy Sunday!
Jenn :)

Erin~Just*Grand said...

Congrats on getting featured on Blah2Beautiful! All that hard work linking up pays off! Great job!

Sharon @ mrshinesclass said...

I love two toned furniture too! Your table is beautiful. I really love the way you accessorized it. Your feature at Creatively Living is well deserved.
Did the paste wax give you a headache the second time around? I've been planning to buy some so I'm curious.

Sharon @ mrs. hines class

Stacey said...

That is a cute table, but I love the duck best!
Thanks fot linking up this week- please come back this week!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

Both makeovers look great Anne! Isn't it awesome to be able to completely transform the look of something with paint? You'd never know they were the same piece! It's funny to read about when you first started using chalk paint and paste wax. :) You were a pro right from the start!

Debbie