The first table is a sweet little gate-leg end table that used to belong to my mom. I painted it white a few years ago, so I decided to use that as my base coat.
Sorry for the poor light quality of the "before" photos--they were taken in our basement, which is where I'm now painting. It's our cats' private domain (the dogs aren't allowed down there), so you may notice kitty paraphernalia in some of the upcoming photos!
On both of the tables I'm going to show you, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. On this table I went with my standard French shabby look, and put two coats of Paris Grey over the white, followed by clear wax.
I did something a bit different this time in that I used steel wool on the top, and coarse sandpaper on the base and legs to distress it. I usually use a fine or medium sanding block and just do a light distress.
Here's the finished piece.
I love the worn look the steel wool gave the top of the table.
And the chippy look of the legs and table base with lots of the original white paint showing through.
This next piece I picked up at a garage sale for $5. It's from around the early 1960's.
If you look closely you can see Louie and Mikey are quite interested in what's going on!
I painted the top and legs with ASCP in Graphite, and the sides, feet, shelf and drawer in Old White. After a coat of clear wax had set, I gave it a distressing with my handy sanding block. Then I did put clear and dark wax on the areas where I had painted it with Graphite. I left the Old White areas with just a coat of clear.
And here it is.
As you can see though, it's missing hardware on the drawer. That's where I need your help. I didn't want to use the original hardware because I didn't think it fit the new look. But I can't make my mind up about what to replace it with!
I have these two choices on hand:
I also saw this pull in an online hunt and am thinking about ordering it.
I think the black swirl on white might be a nice touch. But the "Pull" knob is kind of cool too, while the crystal pull gives it a whole different vibe.
Help! What do you think?
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