I really liked the shape but it was in terrible condition. I decided five dollars was the absolute most I would pay and that is exactly what I got it for. One of the huge problems on this piece was the peeling veneer on top. I started to repair it with wood filler, but then seeing just how loose it was, decided to try peeling it off instead. I got really excited when I found this unique hardwood top underneath - it is pieced together from strips of different types of wood.
I decided to go turquoise with this piece - my absolute favorite color. I primed and painted before heavily distressing her. I decided to try using stain as a glaze of sorts and love how it turned out. I wiped stain on in small sections and then immediately wiped it off with a damp cloth. There were some areas where the stain looked 'dirtier' than I wanted so I wiped them down lightly with paint thinner which easily removed the excess stain.
I really love this whole piece but my absolute favorite part is the rustic stained top.
I just delivered this piece to my booth at Olde Salem Mercantile last night. Of all the pieces I have redone to sell, this is the only one so far that I have really had a hard time parting with. I thought about keeping it but I don't have the perfect place for it so to the shop it went. Anyone else have a hard time parting with your finished pieces?
EDITED TO ADD: The paint color was actually a mistint I picked up but it is similar to Valspar Aqua Ocean (5005-10A). (Maybe a little lighter than Aqua Ocean). The stain color is Minwax English Chesnut.