These Bombay coffee table and end tables were in need of repair - both had damaged surfaces, but were otherwise in great, sturdy condition. (sorry, I forgot to take a photo of the coffee table in the BEFORE stage)
First, I sanded down the table tops to remove most of the damage and smooth out the surface. This convinced me that I really need to invest in an electric sander! Using sanding blocks and manually doing it was a you-know-what! And I was doing this in my garage, on a friggin 90 degree day, when the humidity was high enough to drown a duck in its own sweat! No fun.
Next, I painted each with a coat of ASCP in Old Ochre - a sort of antique white color. Then I painted the tops in Graphite. It went on a bit blueish. A very pretty color indeed! I made sure to paint in every direction - left to right, up and down - purposely giving it texture. After it dried, I began waxing it with several layers of dark wax. Each time it got a little darker - and more beautiful - because the wax settled into all of that texture. The color is spectacular - aged and beautiful! Then I clear waxed the legs. Next I distressed the edges of the tops and just a bit on the bottoms of the legs. I went over all distressed areas of the tops with another layer of dark wax. The bottom distressed areas got clear wax again, and I finished by putting just a tad bit of dark wax on select areas of the legs to age them a bit too.
Here's the finished pieces:
Charlotte can't resist a photo shoot!!
These pieces are for sale: http://twigandtwinenest.blogspot.com/2012/04/items-for-sale.html