NOT ALL WAXES ARE CREATED EQUAL& A TRAY TABLE


I FINALLY got down in the basement studio and got to work on some pieces that have been hanging out down there for a long time. I have decided I am not going to go looking for more until I clean out what I already have. I have to admit, some of those things down there are just not speaking to me…

One of them was a child’s rocker that I picked up for 3 bucks about a year ago. I had originally painted it pink and tried to hand paint a bird and branches on it. That went oh so bad. When I got my chalk paint, I was excited I could just whip right over it and start over. Today, I painted it old white and used some Paris grey to paint the word BEBE’ on the top. It looked so cute! I had spent way too many hours on this piece already. After distressing the pieces and making the lettering look nice and worn, it was time for a clear coat of wax. I have not gotten around to buying the Hennants wax yet and my Johnson’s Paste Wax, all of a sudden, has a terrible petroleum odor. I pulled out some clear Briwax thinking it would be just as good. AAAAAAHHHHHH! All I wanted to do was scream! You have GOT to be kidding me…. As soon as I started waxing, the paint started lifting off!! The pink was bleeding through and I could see my bad paint job from before! Sheesh. What to do now. The wax was on good, I couldn’t paint over it, so I tried to cover over it with dark wax. BOMB again! It looked totally, nasty dirty. I have given this 3 dollar gem too much attention. It took up the majority of my day so it is now in the good will pile for someone else to give it a try! Moral of this tragedy….Don’t use Briwax on a painted surface. I thought I would pass this along to keep you guys from making the same mistake.

So, the day wasn’t a total loss, I painted a really cool lamp and I finished this 8.00 tray table I nabbed at a yard sale last week. My original intention was to take it to the shop tomorrow but after I got it upstairs to give it a proper photo shoot, I fell in LOVE with it. I am in the middle of finishing up my family room and this little piece was the perfect portable size.


It folds up for easy storage and can also be used as  a serving tray.
 
I used chalk paint for this one. I coated it with old white followed by Paris gray. I distressed all the way through the wood, revealing some of the white and the wood. After I distressed it, I applied a light coat of dark TLC wax.
 
The family room is coming along! This is my new slip covered, ROWE and ROBIN BRUCE furniture from Barnett Furniture in Trussville, Alabama. I can just pull the covers off and throw them in the wash! 



Now to find a rug!
 
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Comments

  1. Hey Kelli! I love that table, I can see why you want to keep it. If you ever decide to sell it, let me know, I'll be happy to take it off your hands (I'm in Montg. but come to B'ham quite often, son lives there).

    I also am loving your furniture. My cousin and his wife moved from Prattville to B'ham area last year and opened a furniture store, for some reason I'm thinking they might be the new owners of that store in Trussville? They owned and ran Main Street Interiors in Prattville…names are Bill & Debbie Chiles. Is that who is managing the Trussville store?

    I'm going to check out that store when I get ready for my new sofa.

    Also, check out Overstock.com for a rug. I just bought a 8 x 10 jute rug with neutral border for $182 and free shipping! I do wish the border was a little lighter but I'll probably be glad down the road it's not too light.

    XOXO!
    Judy

  2. Hey Kelli! I love that table, I can see why you want to keep it. If you ever decide to sell it, let me know, I'll be happy to take it off your hands (I'm in Montg. but come to B'ham quite often, son lives there).

    I also am loving your furniture. My cousin and his wife moved from Prattville to B'ham area last year and opened a furniture store, for some reason I'm thinking they might be the new owners of that store in Trussville? They owned and ran Main Street Interiors in Prattville…names are Bill & Debbie Chiles. Is that who is managing the Trussville store?

    I'm going to check out that store when I get ready for my new sofa.

    Also, check out Overstock.com for a rug. I just bought a 8 x 10 jute rug with neutral border for $182 and free shipping! I do wish the border was a little lighter but I'll probably be glad down the road it's not too light.

    XOXO!
    Judy

  3. i LOVE that tray table!!!! the style, color, finish, all of it!!!! awesome, kelli!

  4. i LOVE that tray table!!!! the style, color, finish, all of it!!!! awesome, kelli!

  5. That little tray table sure turned out well.

    I had the paint/wax peeling off problem on a frame I painted. Perhaps I didn't let the paint dry long enough. Anyway, I peeled the paint off, sanded some off, painted again and then didn't use any more wax.

    I do love the wax over paint finish though and I'm going to try again on something flat – and I will wait, maybe overnight, before I wax.

    – Joy

  6. That little tray table sure turned out well.

    I had the paint/wax peeling off problem on a frame I painted. Perhaps I didn't let the paint dry long enough. Anyway, I peeled the paint off, sanded some off, painted again and then didn't use any more wax.

    I do love the wax over paint finish though and I'm going to try again on something flat – and I will wait, maybe overnight, before I wax.

    – Joy

  7. I love the little table and the finish is gorgeous! Thanks for the tip about the wax ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I love the little table and the finish is gorgeous! Thanks for the tip about the wax ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Such a sweet table and a gorgeous home you have. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad I found your blog!

  10. Such a sweet table and a gorgeous home you have. ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad I found your blog!

  11. OH! And have you checked out the rugs by Dash and Albert? I just ordered one today and I cannot wait to get it!! Blessings!

    http://www.dashandalbert.com/woven-cotton-rugs

  12. OH! And have you checked out the rugs by Dash and Albert? I just ordered one today and I cannot wait to get it!! Blessings!

    http://www.dashandalbert.com/woven-cotton-rugs

  13. Love the table! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry about the wasted time on the chair though…I hate that! XOXO

  14. Love the table! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry about the wasted time on the chair though…I hate that! XOXO

  15. Oh Kelli, I have had the same experience with Briwax, it is maddening! Love the tray table. Your family room looks really, really lovely. I love how you have your address numbers painted on your door. I might steal that idea!

  16. Oh Kelli, I have had the same experience with Briwax, it is maddening! Love the tray table. Your family room looks really, really lovely. I love how you have your address numbers painted on your door. I might steal that idea!

  17. Sorry about the little chair! that sucks!!
    The tray table is fabulous…love the color and the distressing…perfect!!
    Can't wait to see the rug….!!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  18. Sorry about the little chair! that sucks!!
    The tray table is fabulous…love the color and the distressing…perfect!!
    Can't wait to see the rug….!!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  19. AHHHHHH !!! Thank you for the head's up on the wax ! I am sorry after all of your work that happened ~ GRRR !!! So what is a good wax that you would recommend that won't do that ~ I am just getting ready to paint and wax some stuff ~
    xoxo
    Lori

  20. AHHHHHH !!! Thank you for the head's up on the wax ! I am sorry after all of your work that happened ~ GRRR !!! So what is a good wax that you would recommend that won't do that ~ I am just getting ready to paint and wax some stuff ~
    xoxo
    Lori

  21. kelli@restoreinteriors says:

    Katie, I am going to go with Annie Sloans Hennant's Wax. I am going to pick some up this weekend at my class. Stacey can send you some if you call her at 205-982-4464 It seems to be the best choice. I also don't mind Johnsons Paste Wax at all. It does well for me. I think the can that I had just sat in the heat for too long giving it that strong petroleum smell. I was afraid of losing brain cells that I can't afford to lose;) I used almost the entire can and it did fine. The smell was just a little overpowering:0)

  22. kelli@restoreinteriors says:

    Katie, I am going to go with Annie Sloans Hennant's Wax. I am going to pick some up this weekend at my class. Stacey can send you some if you call her at 205-982-4464 It seems to be the best choice. I also don't mind Johnsons Paste Wax at all. It does well for me. I think the can that I had just sat in the heat for too long giving it that strong petroleum smell. I was afraid of losing brain cells that I can't afford to lose;) I used almost the entire can and it did fine. The smell was just a little overpowering:0)

  23. That little table is really nice. I am trying to find some alternative wax since the AS is a bit pricey. All I can find is the paste wax; I hope it works. Thanks for the heads-up on the Bri.

    I was born in Anniston, AL and lived there until I graduated from high school. I love Alabama and would like to be able to visit more.

    Thanks for stopping by Dogs and Grandkids. I am a new follower. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. That little table is really nice. I am trying to find some alternative wax since the AS is a bit pricey. All I can find is the paste wax; I hope it works. Thanks for the heads-up on the Bri.

    I was born in Anniston, AL and lived there until I graduated from high school. I love Alabama and would like to be able to visit more.

    Thanks for stopping by Dogs and Grandkids. I am a new follower. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Oh dear, Kelli! I *just* picked up a can of Briwax to use over top of chalk paint this week!! I know a local shop owner who paints furniture and she swears by Briwax, but she also paints with oil paint. I wonder if there is an incompatibility issue with chalk paint and Briwax? I've used it before over stained wood with no problem and I kind of figured wax is wax. I'll have to do a test piece with the chalk paint and Briwax before I do my "big" project with it, I guess!

  26. Oh dear, Kelli! I *just* picked up a can of Briwax to use over top of chalk paint this week!! I know a local shop owner who paints furniture and she swears by Briwax, but she also paints with oil paint. I wonder if there is an incompatibility issue with chalk paint and Briwax? I've used it before over stained wood with no problem and I kind of figured wax is wax. I'll have to do a test piece with the chalk paint and Briwax before I do my "big" project with it, I guess!

  27. restoreinteriors says:

    YES! Erin! Do it in a test area! The paint came right off and it was dry!

  28. restoreinteriors says:

    YES! Erin! Do it in a test area! The paint came right off and it was dry!

  29. In defense of Briwax, it’s wonderful stuff….just know what to use/not to use it on. I use it on painted signs and furniture all the time with wonderful results! However…..I prefer the rustic and timeworn look! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, let your paint cure…… Please don’t write it off! Gee, I should do a commercial for them LOL. CyndyB from Texas

  30. Michelle Wendt says:

    I have used it too in the past with great results so I didn’t hesitate to use it on my husband’s dresser i just painted black. Gasp!!!!! the paint lifted off!!!!! The paint was dry for 24 hours. Now after a good cry and many hours wasted, I will strip the dresser completely and start again and try something different. So discouraging. ๐Ÿ™

  31. Hello! I’ve used Briwax over painted furniture for years, and yes, it may lift the paint off UNLESS you allow the paint to cure properly, which could take a few days. After making an initial mistake re: this, I’ve had no problems at all using Briwax over paint, both latex and oil. I recently painted the upholstery on an antique chair with a 50/50 latex paint/water mix, (medium brown color paint) and applied dark brown Briwax over that when dry. It did not remove the paint, and gave the painted upholstery a leather look just as I intended. And no, the Briwax doesn’t come off onto our clothes, and no, I don’t work for Briwax! ๐Ÿ™‚

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