I showed you all the video on the progress of the Heritage Tables. Two coats of General Finishes chalk style paint in Chapin Gray and a quick sand and application of General Finishes Java Gel stain on the tops. Here’s what else was done to the tables.
I applied General Finishes Flat Out Flat topcoat over the chalk style paint and let it dry. I then used General Finishes Burnt Umber glaze by using a sponge brush to wipe it on and a paper towel to wipe it off. This highlighted the detail nicely. I also added a teeny bit of gold gilding wax in a few places on the drawer fronts.
I let the Java Gel stain sit for a day and then decided to use General Finishes wipe-on urethane to seal them. This is where a happy mistake happened. I don’t know if it is because the gel stain hadn’t totally cured, or if it was my inexperience and I shouldn’t really have used the urethane over the gel stain, but as I wiped on the urethane it took some of the dark gel stain off. At first I was upset but as I kept wiping it on (and in the process wiping off the dark stain) I really liked how it looked. It allowed the lighter wood tone to come through and gave them a warm finish. The tops are now glossy and super durable as well. I learned a new trick 🙂
From 1970’s drab:
To today’s fab. No distressing! Quite a traditional look for me!