I found this great little table the other day while at the thrift store. It is very 50’s with the octagonal top. I was drawn to it because the doors are so unusual with their pretty cutout shapes. It was a whopping $15.99 so into the minivan it went!
I decided to work on it today and needed to purchase the paint. I had in mind Snow White from General Finishes – a bright, modern white. My husband happened to be near the Woodworker’s Club (where I purchase my GF paints) and he volunteered to pick it up. However, he came home with a color called SunGlow – say, what? Poor guy, he tried. He thought they were all white (like Home Depot) and never even looked at the large printed SUNGLOW on the tin.
I was going to go back and exchange it but thought that, hey, maybe this was a good mistake and was kind of meant to be. Maybe it would give the table a great modern edge? I was wrong.
The color is a very bright yellow, hence the name! However, it is too hard for my taste. Sorry General Finishes, but I am not a fan. I am sure many will disagree but it isn’t my “thing”.
I only applied the first coat on the body and will change it tomorrow to a different color. At least I took a chance and maybe someday in my future I can put the SunGlow to use. Or, maybe not 😉
So, as it stands now, I have added the wood filler on the top and painted the bottom to resemble a bottle of mustard. I shall keep you updated!
i never used sunglow- it was always way too bright for me!!!! love this little cabinet!
Hi Cassie! Yes, it is a very sweet little table. GF Apricot is doing the trick!
Good morning Suzzanne, I bet this piece will be a beauty when you are finished. I was wondering if you have a preference as to what wood filler that you use. Thanks, Linda Voudy
Hi Linda, I use Elmer’s Wood Putty. A good tip is to add plastic wrap over the top because it dries out quickly in its plastic box when opened. Cheers!
Cynthia Chilson Finger
The table looks Moroccan to me. I think a bright color would be awesome! Teal? Orange? You could always mix some red with the yellow! LOL Or metallics … like punched out metal?? You’ll bring it back to life, I’m sure. Have fun! Cynthia
Cynthia that is exactly the direction that I took it! Great minds do think alike lol! I used GF Apricot and added a white glaze. I wanted to use their Pearl Effects but didn’t have any in stock but the glaze did the trick. You are so right about Moroccan – really good call!
Hi Suzanne –
This table reminds more of the 60’s when dark spanish furniture was in. I was in my 20’s then, newly married and we purchased all of that dark, heavy spanish newly married stuff! All that being said I immediately went to my current (at age 70) favorite colors.
How about painting a teal, light turquoise over the cut outs. THEN paint a white of some hue over the entire piece? What would that look like? In my mind it’s pretty great!
Wow – Linda you won’t believe it when I show the table tomorrow! You and I think alike! However, I didn’t go with a blue because I wanted to change it up and I have done so much blue lately Since the basecoat was that bright yellow, I went with Apricot to cover it. I then added a white glaze over the Apricot on the body and it looks SO good! What a great tip on the age and style. I thought it looked Spanish or Moroccan and you must be right on the age. Thanks!
You are a good wife to try making your husband’s pick work! I’m sure you’ll make it beautiful!
I agree that colour is way to bright! On the upside yellow is a great colour to have on hand if you’re mixing some custom colours 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing the finished re-style. happy Painting1
This is true – it may be of use if I mix it with white – thanks for the tip!