The Botanical Table, Step By Step

Several months ago we started an end table , brushing on one coat of  Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Wisteria.  The  plan was to do a white base and a weathered, layered top that was kindof a coastal green,  like this one I did awhile back

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I managed to get my hands on a few of the new Monahan botanical papers that are on order –   I HAD to find a piece to use them on…

That table we’d started months ago was perfect-

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I ripped the paper to fit,  (love that they are oversized) and then adhered it to the drawer front using modge podge

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I found the modge thicker than I liked, and when I did these stars,  I tried Caromal’s Reclaim sealer with a squirt of elmers glue in it and it worked great-

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Now for the top –  I wanted the top of this table to pull the greens of this paper

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I grabbed the Textured Basecoats, as I knew the body would be the same type paint.  I grabbed the black (peppercorn) and sage (cobblestone)

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and started there –

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I wasn’t sure of the color,  so I pulled out a little mint green (bayberry) and bright blue (blueberry), and even a little pale yellow (mustard)

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All blended, and drying…. at this point I’m certain it ISNT the color I’m shooting for….

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I light sand it,  to give it a nice smooth feel,  and it pops through some of the white under texture –

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the base was painted with Textured Basecoat Parchment, a great neutral color that would go nicely with the aged paper.  I light sand the top and the body, an unnecessary step but one I always take because it softens the paint finish looks more ‘finished’

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and I put the drawer back to see where I’m at….

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maybe glaze will help.  I pull out Caromal’s Coffee Glaze (cooler )and Tea Glaze  (warmer)

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and mix both as I brush on a coat

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I brush it on the whole top, then take a dry cloth to wipe it back

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NOOOOOOooooooooo…..     its NOT the color I wanted…..  army kakhi…..  I’ll have to figure something else out….

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I continue on and glaze the body-

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you can see the subtle difference – the side is unglazed, the front legs are

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what a great great paper….

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I dry brushed the original hardware with the Parchment, and hit them  with the glaze as well –

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Timeless combination –

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Rue la la….

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Darn that kakhi color…..

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When the glaze dried, I brushed over the whole top with a combination of  lovely green American Paint clay chalk paints –  National Forest, Home Turf,  and Nana’s Cupboard, and a yellow A-maizing ,  and worked to cover up that kakhi color –

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I sanded it

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Looks lifeless,  but not for long –

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I break out my favorite wax –   American Paint’s Clear Wax, and mix it with a little of their Dark Wax, and apply that over the top

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An old piece of wood, held underneath the furniture edge, keeps the wax from hitting the drawer and sides

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I use my chip brush to work that wax in, I don’t like to heavily paint it on, that wastes too much –

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Wax is on

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Now I lightly wipe, with a dry cloth, to get that bit of excess off.  Don’t leave excess wax on your piece, it will never dry and will remain tacky

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That’s much better!   When it dries I’ll give it a buff…

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back to glaze the rest,  brush on wipe off

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can’t get any easier than that…

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Buffed,  so many colors coming through – even the texture of the first coat of white –

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The papers will be accompanying a new line of paints from Caromal Colours, in collaboration with Monahan Papers -called the Botanical Collection (you can read about that here BOTANICALS)

I would venture to guess the two greens,   Boxwood and Moss, might be a perfect compliment to these aged botanical papers

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In the mean time, I love how this turned out –

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10 responses to “The Botanical Table, Step By Step

  1. I love this little nightstand. Wondered how you got the color on that top. It is beautiful.

  2. Patty – unbelievable!! Just gorgeous!! That one will sell like a “hot cake”!!

  3. Thank you for totally showing me that I am not the only one who seems to go through this kind of thing with a lot of pieces. A little bit of this, nope; how about a little bit of that, hideous; oh, I know, I’ll do this, just right! It gets discouraging sometimes to see blogland and that people just seem to always get it right the first time. Not to mention, your piece is beautiful! Love the creativity of the papers and bringing out the green!!!

    • There are more like us, Erica, than not – proof that we are perfectly sane! I would venture to guess that much of blogland is ‘summarized’ , not wasting time including the silly details of bit by bit, swipe by swipe… 🙂

  4. Hi, can you PLEASE help me find those Monahsn botanical papers?? I can’t find them anywhere & I just have to have them! Please email me & let me know. I would really appreciate it. Thank you!
    Kelly

  5. love your post, thanks for sharing

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