Around the cocktail table

Every once in a while I do something which requires a little more than simply brushing on some paint and calling it a day.   This cocktail table was donated  a few months ago by a good friend, Anne, and it always reminded me of a ship wheel.

Before

Before

 

I only thought it appropriate to do something nautical on it and the Compass Rose was perfect, but it took a while to decide what the base color would be.  White didn’t seem right, nor did blue.   But only after I found a clock that inspired me did I get serious about getting this table  into the shop and finished.

this inspired the colors

this inspired the colors

 

Painting the table in a deep gray seemed a perfect background for the colors of the clock.

American Paint Company's Lincoln's Hat

American Paint Company’s Lincoln’s Hat

drying...

drying…

using my official Compass Rose making tool - a piece of wood

using my official Compass Rose making tool – a piece of wood

see the design?

see the design?

American Paint Company's Fireworks Red

American Paint Company’s Fireworks Red

details...

details…

drying...

drying…

American Paint Company's Saddle and Wild Horses

American Paint Company’s Saddle and Wild Horses

going lefty for a while

going lefty for a while

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another really technical tool - a bottle cap

another really technical tool – a bottle cap

wet distressing instead of using sandpaper makes the distressing less rigid

wet distressing instead of using sandpaper makes the distressing less rigid

 

I really enjoy how using a wet rag brings out different pigments and creates a washed look
I really enjoy how using a wet rag brings out different pigments in the paint and creates a washed look.

 

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After using sandpaper to distress and almost take off the entire design, I used Fiddes Supreme Wax to finish it.

finished!

finished!

this one is done!

this one is done!

all done!

It will be in it’s new home soon!

It took about four hours total, from start to finish and sold in less than two hours after putting it on the floor.   What do you think?

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