A coffee table I completed for a client recently...
Do you say coffee table or cocktail table?
I think I say coffee table, although "cocktail" table certainly has its appeal.
I don't know why I would call it "coffee" table because heaven knows
I'm slurping my coffee down way too fast to have time to set it on my coffee table.
The inspiration...the homeowner's black cabinet with distressed finish...isn't it a cool piece?
I started by sanding very well and applying a base coat of light brown in random areas and let dry completely.
I should mention this is the same house where I recently
had a minor crisis completed some other painted pieces using gel stain and I forgot gloves which is why my hands look like that.
In real life, the wax step is not messy.
Next step...paint it out in black.
My fave new black is "Beluga" by Behr.
Not too black...if there is such a thing...and no gray undertone.
After it's completely dry, use an old credit card or plastic scraper to lightly scrape over the waxed areas.
The top coat will lift off on areas where you applied wax. This is just a different way to get a distressed look instead of either A.) sanding, or B.) dry brushing a color on top.
It gives more of a "chippy" look that you just can't get from the other two methods.
I think it looks great in the room with all of her other black pieces!