Just like when we designed our classy baby gate, I am always working to make my home both beautiful and kid friendly… and these side tables satisfied both of those requirements. Now comes the promised tutorial.
I wanted something mostly neutral gray (since I am obsessed with that color… click here to see many of my other recent gray projects), but I wanted it to complement and even give a nod to the blue in our living room, especially the antique blue cabinet. I love how the deep turquoise shows where the lighter blue has chipped.
And I wanted something similar with these tables, so I decided to try a wax resist. I’ve used wax to layer paint in the past, but never on this scale before (just on small frames and such). Here, I used three different layers of paint with wax in between to create a textured final product. Isn’t it gorgeous?
Here is what you need to achieve this look:
- deep turquoise paint (I used a sample of Behr Cathedral)
- medium green-gray-blue paint (I used a sample of Behr Gray Morning)
- light gray paint (I used ASCP Paris Gray)
- plaster of Paris
- a white candle
- rough and smooth sandpaper (I used 60 and 220)
- clear wax
- dark wax
- buffing rag
I love how the lines complement our armchairs and the hints of turquoise reflect the cabinet.
The two tables balance one another well, flanking our wing backs.
And at $26 each (I spent $6 on the two samples of paint from Home Depot in addition to the $23 per table), I’d say I’m pretty pleased. The three colors (four if you count the dark wax) give depth to the pieces but allow them to stay neutral. I love it.
What do you think? Have you tried wax resist techniques before? I’d love to hear about it!