Since yard sale season is in full swing, I have been one busy little lady. I found this little gem right down the street from me at my last yard sale that I hit for the day. I talked her down to $30 and promised her that I would take good care of it and make it look pretty. She seemed very hesitant to give it up but was glad t0 see someone like me take it:)
The first thing I did was rough sand the entire piece and then painted 2 coats of chalk paint in Old White (Annie Sloan). The next step was the brown top. I really wanted to keep the top brown and earthy but it was pretty beat up and had red paint splattered on it (which I could not fully get off) so I decided to just roll with it and do a rustic trellis design.
I started by placing tape at 1 inch intervals in an angle going one way. I painted over those lines, took the tape off and let the paint dry. I then put more tape going in the opposite direction in 1 inch intervals and painted over them to create the trellis look. When I took that layer of tape off I had my black trellis lines but I wasn’t happy with them. They were just too modern looking for this table. SO, I thinned out some of the same chalk paint that I used to paint the rest of the table with and painted that in all directions over top of the trellis pattern.
It looks like a shadow in the picture above but the lighter part is actually the whitewashed part. You can see how harsh it looks without it on the top part of the table.
After I was satisfied with the whitewashing, I was ready to put a protective wax layer over the whole table including the top. I put 1 coat of clear wax on and then immediately put a light coat of the dark wax all over the top of the table and then randomly on the legs of the table to give it a worn look. I then buffed the whole piece to make it nice and smooth.
I still wasn’t happy with it, so I took some burlap and used spray adhesive to attach it to the back. (I also hot glued all of the edges down to make the nice edges before adhering it to the back.)
I used some leftover trim to finish off the sides, cut it to size and glued it to the back of the corners.
There ya go! Rustic trellis top potting bench!
Looks like I’ve used it for years. I didn’t want it to look like I just repainted it, I wanted it to look worn yet updated. I think I achieved it, don’t you?