Shizzle Design | Antique Walnut Accent Table hand painted in Old White
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Antique Walnut Accent Table hand painted in Old White

Antique Walnut Accent Table hand painted in Old White

This parlor table was lacking pizzazz when I found her this summer.

The octagon top, curved legs and all her details were GREAT but the finish on the wood was dull, dark and dreary.
Zinnser Gel Strip to the rescue!    Zinnser Gel Strip is a green product – figuratively and literally!  It’s safe for the environment and works slow and steady for up to 24 hours.  That’s great because you can let it work while you sleep then wake up to a bubbly-painty-gooey-sludgey goop in the morning.  I usually need very little elbow grease to scrape off the leftovers in the morning.


Underneath the goop, I discovered a beautiful piece of walnut!  I cleaned it all off then applied Minwax stain; I can’t remember which color.

I finished the top by hand rubbing and buffing several coats of wax into the grain.  The waxed finish really enhanced the beauty of the walnut and brought it to a whole other dimension.

The ornate legs were painted, glazed and distressed.  She’s now drab anymore! She’s very sturdy, well built piece and now has all her wonderful details highlighted.

Bye-bye drab and dreary, HELLO fabulous!

This CHIC accent table is available for purchase in our booth at Not So Shabby Antiques & Fine Furniture in downtown Zeeland.

Go check her out!
Since this post, I’ve learned so much.  I worked around the clock for a year using these products but continued to have difficulties achieving a quality finish with their wax.  I tried other several other waxes by different companies, some were hard, other’s were a little easier to blend in and work with but also had those terrible fumes.
I experienced months of recurring respiratory problems and even with my exhaust system, I was advised to remove as many chemical hazards from my environment as possible or find another line of working order to get well.I replaced toxic, hand burning, chemical strippers with citrus based strippers (which work better anyway), pulled chemically laden paints, waxes, glues… and started searching for better products.
That search eventually led me to the products I choose today ~ American Paint Company’s all natural, eco-friendly chalk and clay based mineral paints.  From the first time I tried  them, I was sold.   I know that sounds so dramatic, but after everything I went through, It was a God send.  This type of paint is so much easier to work with.  It spreads easier, covers better, adheres well and the wax and finishes have been life changing for how much work I can accomplish on any given day.
For my style of painting, I can achieve a much more superior finish and can create it much faster eliminating the stress of working so hard to achieve something that’s easy with a chalk and clay mixture.

I love these paints so well that I decided to share what I do with our followers.  We proudly offer American Paint Company Paints locally in the Greater Grand Rapids area and sell worldwide on our Online Shizzle Shop.  

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    a hui hou ~ Shelly

A hui hou!

Shelly

13 Comments
  • Moogie
    Posted at 09:11h, 01 November Reply

    WOW!! You did a fabulous job. The transformation is worth the hard work.

  • Linda
    Posted at 15:49h, 01 November Reply

    Shelly, this is beautiful…the table has such lovely lines and your re-do really highlights them! Great job!

  • Terry
    Posted at 19:33h, 01 November Reply

    This is a beautiful walnut table. Some would cringe at you painting walnut, but not me. I think you added personality to this old girl. Now she is a beauty.

  • Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes
    Posted at 00:56h, 02 November Reply

    Oh my goodness, this table looks incredible! I just love the walnut top. Painting the rest white really did change the personality of this piece for the best. Just gorgeous.

  • Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    Posted at 01:24h, 02 November Reply

    gorgeous! the white paint and distressed finish makes those details pop.

  • Sally
    Posted at 02:38h, 02 November Reply

    I love this look, it is a beautiful table. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Honey at 2805
    Posted at 16:11h, 02 November Reply

    This is fabulous and has such beautiful details! Leaving the top walnut top is perfect. You did such a beautiful job!

  • Marilyn
    Posted at 15:00h, 03 November Reply

    So creative and awesome :)) Love it..I will love for you to share this awesome idea via my Pin’Inspirational Party today pls.Ty ~ http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/11/pininspirational-thursdays-linky-party.html

  • Decor & Harmony @ 4290
    Posted at 16:25h, 03 November Reply

    I should have known that it was you again with another outstanding restyle. This baby has pizzazz and of course shizzle!

  • Reno and Reorganization
    Posted at 00:02h, 04 November Reply

    I love this table!!

  • Petticoat Junktion
    Posted at 15:58h, 04 November Reply

    Hey Shizzle, I run across you everywhere! found this link at Savvy Southern Style, love the white base on this piece. Very classy.

  • Honey at 2805
    Posted at 12:23h, 05 November Reply

    Just stopping back by to say thank you for linking your lovely table to Potpourri Friday!

  • Good Time Charlie
    Posted at 00:24h, 11 November Reply

    This looks fantastic, and what a happy surprise to find this in the morning! I am so going to get this product. I hate using those awful chemicals, and the other natural products I have tried don’t work. Thanks for sharing!

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