Saturday, March 29, 2014

Color and Shimmer for an Old Tilt Top Table

I often wonder if I was meant to live in a different age and time.  I do think I could have been quite happy living during the Victorian era, sitting quietly day to day, sipping tea and laboring away at needlepoint and writing long, thoughtful letters to dear friends.  I am sure that the troubles and tribulations of that time would be wearing and I might change my mind, but it's fun to romanticize and dream about these times past.
Although this tilt-top table isn't from the Victorian era, it is older and was modeled after the tables used in parlors for tea time.  I have always wanted to get my hands on one, but up until a couple of weeks ago had not come across one for sale.  For this reason, I was willing to pay a little more for this table than I normally would for a piece this size.  Also, it was very sturdy and the mechanism functioned well.  It seemed worth the investment.
I knew this table top needed something extra special, as it would not only serve as a place to set things, but as a piece of art when displayed upright.  I started with a mixture of Louis Blue and French Linen Chalk Paint®.  Once this was dry, I applied a stencil by layering and alternating colors in Paloma and Pure White.

Once I had the stencil technique just right, I brushed on some slightly watered down Pearl Plaster by Artisan Enhancements to give the finish a beautiful Pearlized effect.

I applied the Pearl Plaster all over the entire table and sealed it with Annie Sloan's clear and dark wax.
I was hesitant to use dark wax on this piece, but when I got to the point where the decision had to be made, the finish was looking a little too modern for this table. 
The dark wax seemed to add just the right amount of aging to get the antiqued finish I was looking for.
The day after waxing, I buffed and buffed this sweet little table to give it a lot of extra shimmer and shine!  The finish feels velvety and soft.  I am really pleased with how it turned out.  It now sits in my booth at Camas Antiques awaiting a chance to grace someone's lovely parlor (or living room) and hold a beautiful tea set and needlepoint work (or a glass of white wine and a kindle).
The more I think about it, the happier I am to be living in this day and age.  At no other time in history could a woman sit down at her computer and correspond with other like-minded, passionate, creative individuals all over the world!  Amazing, isn't it? 
I will fill my longings for times gone by with Masterpiece movies and mini-series!  They transport me to a romantic era, fill me with creative inspiration and offer a glimpse into a different kind of life.  When I can, I love to watch (or mostly listen) to period films while I paint.  All during the time I worked on this piece, I had the North and South series on in the background.
If you love period dramas like I do, you've probably seen North and South many times.  If not, it is available on Netflix and Amazon Prime!  All you Downton fans will surely recognize the gentleman on the far left in this promo ad!
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Touch the Wood - Kat said...

Wow, lovely table and sweet post, you done really great work!
I love how the table turns into beautiful piece of art....

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I always think I should have lived in another age too--because I love the clothes-furniture-cars-everything from days gone by. But I am so happy to have indoor bathrooms and dishwasher--just to name a few things. So I guess I am glad I live in this age. Besides that--Facebook and blogging are a lot of fun :) Your table is really pretty. I love those tilt top tables! You did a lovely job.

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Your table is absolutely gorgeous… great job!

Vickie ~ Mademoiselle*Rose said...

Your work is always beautiful, I enjoy your posts. I also watch/listen to these sorts of shows while I craft and make jewellery. Pride and Prejudice is also wonderful, as I'm sure you already know, and I love the Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. North and South has THE most romantic kiss I've ever seen, that train scene at the end still gives me goose bumps.

Anonymous said...

You mix some of the prettiest colors! The table is just beautiful!

Cindy The Victorian Journey said...

This is great inspiration as I just did a post on this old tilt top table I found this weekend at a garage sale. It is not as elaborate as your tilt top table. I haven't even begin to start the project and have been looking at different techniques on the internet of what to do. Your table looks awesome! Great Job...

mariondee-designs said...

Just beautiful.. I love all your makeovers.. you seem to know exactly what to do with each piece! take care, Maryann

Amanda said...

Thank you so much, Kat! Lovely to hear from you as I am a big fan of your work as well!
Happy Painting!

Amanda said...

So true, Sandy! I agree! Thank you for your kind words!

Amanda said...

Thank you so much, Mary!

Amanda said...

Hi Vickie! Thank you! Yes, I think I must have watched Pride and Prejudice over a dozen times while painting! There is a certain inspiration that comes from these shows when you are in the middle of creating something romantic...don't you think?

Amanda said...

Well, thank you, June! Chalk Paint® is so easy to mix! It just takes a little imagination...the process is really effortless!

Amanda said...

Thank you, Cindy! You are very fortunate to have found a tilt-top table! They are not so easy to come by! Enjoy recreating yours into something beautiful!

Amanda said...

Thank you, Maryann! What a sweet compliment! Have a lovely day!

Mimi Mama said...

Your table makeover is just exquisite Amanda! The stencilling is such a pretty detail. I saw you at Ivy and Elephants and couldn't resist taking a peek!....Mimi...s

Leslie Risner said...

Beautiful. Now if we can just figure out time travel so we can enjoy the best of both worlds

The Charm of Home said...

That's gorgeous Amanda. I love North and South.

Betsy said...

I listened to North and south while working on my armoire...and wives and Daughters...and Cranford....yeah, I was painting and waxing really slow! STILL not done. I am too much a perfectionist!!

Amanda said...

Why thank you, Mimi! I am so glad you stopped by! Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Amanda said...

Sounds like a divine idea! Thank you for stopping by, Leslie! Have a wonderful Easter weekend!

Amanda said...

Thank you, Sherry! I am not surprised...I think we're kindred spirits! Have a happy Easter weekend! Thank you for hosting your fun party each week!

Amanda said...

Did you, Betsy? Oh, I love all of those! I know your armoire will be beautiful! No need to rush...just enjoy your creative time!


I love the hand paint is perfect!!