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Project

Card Table How-To

Introduction

The table is suited to a game room, but it would function just as well in a kitchen, as the crosshatching brings to mind a tablecloth, even where there isn't one.

Materials

  • Damp cloth
  • Wood filler
  • Sand paper
  • Medium-gray paint and a slightly lighter gray paint
  • Steel wool
  • Rag
  • Plastic container
  • 2 tablespoons wax
  • 1 teaspoon artist's oil paint in raw-umber
  • 1/2 teaspoon artist's oil paint in paynes gray
  • 1 tablespoon rottenstone
  • 4 ounces mineral spirits
  • Paintbrush
  • Light-green paint
  • Natural bristle brush
  • 4 ounces each of moss-green alkyd paint, alkyd glaze, and mineral spirits
  • Horsehair brush

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Clean previously painted pieces with a damp cloth. Fill any nail holes with wood filler, and lightly sand the entire surface. Reclean with cloth.

  2. Step 2

    Apply 2 coats of medium-gray paint; let dry. Apply a third coat of slightly lighter gray paint; let dry for about 1 hour, so that it's dry to the touch but not totally cured.

  3. Step 3

    Rub with steel wool dipped in warm water to add texture and remove small bits of paint; concentrate on areas that would naturally become worn over time, such as the feet and corners.

  4. Step 4

    In a plastic container, combine 2 tablespoons wax, 1 teaspoon artist's oil paint in raw-umber, 1/2 teaspoon artist's oil paint in paynes gray, 1 tablespoon rottenstone, and 4 ounces mineral spirits; mix well. Let mixture thicken for 30 minutes, uncovered. Apply to surface with brush; let dry about 15 minutes. Buff with rag, rubbing mixture off smooth parts but leaving some in the crevices.

  5. Step 5

    Apply 2 base coats of light-green paint to tabletop; let dry. In a plastic container, combine 4 ounces each of moss-green alkyd paint, alkyd glaze, and mineral spirits. Apply evenly over surface with a natural bristle brush.

  6. Step 6

    While glaze is still wet, create striations by running a dry horsehair brush in one direction (the bristles should sit flat). Let dry overnight.

  7. Step 7

    Repeat process with second coat of glaze, running the brush in a perpendicular direction. Let dry.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 2006

Reviews (3)

  • petitedecadence 6 Sep, 2012

    This project looks great, but I can't find any rottenstone around here! Do you have any substitutes or suggestions for making the patina without it??

  • cabinquilter 13 Dec, 2007

    What a gorgeous treatment!

  • cabinquilter 13 Dec, 2007

    What a gorgeous treatment!