Paint that looks like wood or a Pickled Finish Desk.
Say that 10 times fast. Emphasis on the pickle…..
Have you tried pickling your furniture? How about painting it then making it look like real wood grain with a pickle finish? My friend Emma and I were able to do both! Really easy, a little smelly, but worth the cool science experiment.
We started with this table. Ho hum, the top not in great condition. Definitely needed a good sanding. The wood was some very soft, forgettable type of wood. Emma had recently had great success with the pickled finish on her MDF, yes MDF kitchen table. We thought we would put on our lab coats for the day and try to duplicate the experiment.
BEFORE PICTURE IS AWOL
Emma had a large Mayonaise type Jar she filled with steel wool pads, then poured white vinegar in until it covered the steel wool. Screwed the cap on tight and let it sit for several days. I tried making my own too. It didn’t get as crusty as hers. Emma is a way better cook than me.
For the desk, we painted a very light and thin coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Seattle Mist. We wanted a neutral to begin with. It is anybody’s guess how it will turn out. Best to not start with a bright color you wish to keep.
When the paint was dry, I started just by “painting” on this solution. It dries fast.
You can see it start to have an interesting chemical reaction with the wood/paint, over the course of a few hours. At this point you can keep adding another coat until you think it looks pickled enough.
It brought out some interesting black tones in the wood. I thought it would be lovely to paint the base with Cece Caldwell’s Vermont Slate. One of my favorite colors, especially as we head into cooler weather. I finished the entire piece with CeCe Caldwell’s Endurance. A fabulous clear coat, very hard wearing. AND I have aVIDEO HERE that shows you exactly how to used Endurance!
The table sold at our last Paris Flea Market sale, but we have them every month, usually the first weekend. Always tons of furniture, maybe even some paint that looks like wood or pickled finish desk!
My painted and pickled and thoroughly sealed desk will be studying with these lovely parties this week: