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My favorite post of 2008?? It was between the kitchen or bathroom makeover, or the 3 legged table ideas, but I think I like this one the best, because it's a small, do-able project. You can see the before and after here.
The top layer was already peeling off, so I finished the job with a wallpaper scraper to reveal the wood underneath
cover the top with tin foil since we want the dark brown stain here. We use a couple of coats of the famous cream spray paint from Walmart (first spray with a coat of gray primer paint), let it all dry
Now for the glaze! I use a dark brown chocolate paint from Walmart called gloss leather brown and some glaze from Home Depot. These are both the smallest cans you can get and will both last forever~a little goes a long way.to mix the glaze, I use one part paint to 3 parts glaze. So, I count "1 banana" as I pour the paint and then "1 banana, 2 banana, 3 banana" as I pour the glaze into an old frosting cup. Very scientific. Mix well
Then, I just take a small paintbrush and paint the glaze on a small section
Take an old rag and just wipe it off, leaving the brown where you want it. It just takes some experimenting of painting on and wiping off until you get your desired effect. I left a very very light glaze over the main parts, and let the glaze settle on the edges and lines. You have a good 5-10 minutes at this ratio before it starts to set, so you have plenty of time to play around. The nice thing about this effect is that it's supposed to look aged, so there is no such thing as getting it right~whatever looks good to you.
If you are a scrapbooker and you use the ink on the edges of the paper to give it an aged look, this is exactly what you're doing here~I just run the side of the brush along the edges, and then soften a little with the rag.