Friday, July 29, 2011

Shades of Grey

In my last post, I showed you how you can use the original texture of a piece to maintain it's character, but give it a cleaner finish. I did the same thing with this corner shelf.




Here is the pic from my previous post.


You can't tell from this photo, but the finish was grainy and imperfect. By just cleaning a piece like this, and not sanding it smooth before you paint, you can achieve a very nice timeworn finish.

I gave it a couple layers of white gesso.



I then brushed on a watered down grey acrylic paint. After it was dry, I sanded like crazy with a medium grade hand sander. This brought out the texture, and revealed various shades of grey.













Check back soon.  I have another frenchy pair of tables I'm finishing.  I also seem to have a theme going with my recent finds.  Here are just a few.


See ya soon.



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19 comments:

Katie said...

Another beautiful finish on your table!

Fabiana ~ Ciao Newport Beach said...

I love the way it turned out. I've got to try this at home...you make it look so simple and fabulous!

ciao

beachcomber said...

i love the paint effect, you are clever!
also love the wicker bottle finds!
have a great weekend.
x

Chrissie said...

You really took this piece to the next level with your lovely painting!

Donna Gelineau said...

I really like the finished on the corner shelf. Thanks for the tip.

I am a new follower.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

nicely done! love the finish!

Miss Kitty said...

Thank you so much for sharing with us how you took that ugly duckling of a corner shelf into such a wonderful and desireable piece of furniture. I have GOT to find my gesso and give it a try...you have inspired me.

Karen said...

Its gorgeous Rosemary. Love those demijohns.

Shabby Marilyn said...

Girl you are amazing! Love your items!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

OH I love that table! Such beautiful lines and details -- love what you did with it!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

The shelf is gorgeous, it really had great bones, but you made it better!

Carol

eclecticrevisited said...

love the gray finish on this little corner shelf...very pretty...
best,
maureen

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ said...

Rosemary,

I love how you achieved this finish. It's got great years of wear now on it! So very cool! I love the bottles.

Dee

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

Hi Rosemary!~ that is a great looking shelf. I have one similar for the wall though. Looks great with it's new life. I like the demi john bottles too. Those are hard to find. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

Allison@FabRehab said...

Ok, I love this gesso technique! Where do you get it? THe shelf is gorgeous!

laurie said...

what a great job you did!

Ispirato Design said...

Absolutely beautiful! I am always so anxious to get started on a project and I hate sanding- this technique works for me!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This amazing post added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This amazing post added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)