Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What Would Sarah Do?

Today, I'm sharing another "What Would Sarah Do?" with this ornate console table.

I'm not a fan of the multi-colored / dark finish .. it feels dated and is too much with the detail. I'd update it by painting it a bright glossy finish.

First, I'd recommend:

- Sanding with 120 grit sandpaper, wipe off any dust.

- Priming with a durable primer, such as Kilz Bonding or Zinsser Cover Stain.

- Give it a quick sand with 220 grit sandpaper, wipe off any dust.

- Give it a bright, glossy finish with Rustoleum Enamel. I just used this over the weekend, the key to a brush free finish is don't over brush .. only pass over one area a few times and leave it. It will have brush strokes (leave them!), but they will self level, once dry. Apply it thinly on vertical surfaces to avoid drips.

A few things to remember with an oil based paint, it's stinky, so paint outside // paint in a dust free area, it takes 24 hours to dry, so avoid leaves, bugs, etc. if you can // because of the slow dry time, wait 24 hours between coats // use an old brush and throw away or clean with mineral spirits (this part is a pain..)

Using oil based is kinda annoying, but it is a great way to get a SUPER glossy finish! Also, consider using a latex based paint and applying a clear gloss on top.

I'd love to see a bright yellow on this! It's hard to photoshop the finish, but something like this from The Little Green Notebook.

via the little green notebook
Maybe paired with grasscloth and trellis draperies, like this space from Melanie Turner Interiors.

via Melanie Turner
Thanks so much to Shubhi for sending in her find! 

If you'd like to know what I'd do with a piece, feel free to email a photo to sarahmdorseydesigns{@}gmail.com with the subject line, what would sarah do? I might include it here next week!


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  1. I did not expect that bright yellow colour but wow how good does it look! Great job :)

  2. Gorgeous piece - love your suggestions! I'm in the process of painting dining chairs with oil-based paint -- thanks for your quick tips!

  3. Nice color choice...with falls arrival the color is happy and bright no gloominess, great for the changing seasons and

  4. Yeah, I love it in a shiny yellow!


Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts! I love hearing what you think! :)

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