I don't know about others but I always second guess myself and lean toward going with the "safe" route. The older I get though, I want to shake off constraints and walk a little closer to the wild side lol... but not cross any lines hahaa! If you have been reading this blog you will know I have this fondness for deals as well as auctions. Quite some time back I bought a wooden farm table at an auction which was in EXCELLENT condition... that was before it was stored in the garage. Years, tools and oil containers later I was frustrated to find it covered and almost unrecognizable! Mr Stilettos (hahaha gave me the biggest kick out of typing that hahaha), or The Cowboy as I usually call him said "Look, I pre distressed it for ya!" Smarty pants lol! I knew I wanted to do something different with it, so I had my men saw it in half! I attached the original legs to one piece and iron legs to the other. 
My first paint job was with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Cream. I then added clear and dark wax. I did not like this look AT ALL and so I repainted it, distressed and put a clear coat on it. It still wasn't exactly what I wanted. I really wanted bold and for this table to catch your eye. What I really really wanted was Coral. I ran the idea by my family and there was a resounding vote of NO! lol
After much encouragement from others on my Stilettos FB Page... I decided to venture out and break the mold of safe and predictable and I am SOOOO glad I did! Kimberly from over at Serendipity (my favorite word!) suggested I paint a green under coat before adding the coral so it would show through when I distressed the piece. I created my own chalk paints using flat paint, unsanded grout and a little water. 2 Tbls of grout to 2 cups of paint. (I add the grout, a few tsp of very hot water to the blender to dissolve the grout. Then I add the paint and blend again until it is VERY smooth.) I painted it green, waited for it to dry which is my least favorite part. Added 3 coats of coral (it really didn't want to cover that green!) and then distressed the piece . Getting the green to show through was the hard part... all the sanding wanted to go down to the original cream. So, I got out a thin brush and added more areas of green and then sanded it so it looked as if it was showing through! I added a coat of clear Annie Sloan wax and I have to tell you it is my favorite piece of furniture right now! I am learning to follow my gut instinct... not only with silly things like furniture but with other life decisions and it feels Great!
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Under coat :)
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You can kind of see the green coming through
Thank you to everyone for your encouragement and input over on my FB page! It made this project so much fun!
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So much fun and a great focal point!
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How it sits in our new home 2012
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All dressed up for the Holidays 2012
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Gillian
05/23/2012 14:07

Well done you! So what does the family think now and are you keeping it?

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05/23/2012 14:14

They like it.. alot! Yes.. it is going in my entry way of the new house! I cannot wait to take pics of things in place! Thanks for teh sweet encouragement! :)

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05/23/2012 14:11

Beautifully done!!! (keep it!)

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Kimber
05/23/2012 14:14

Thank you! Yes... it is staying with me lol! I dont think I could part with it lol!

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05/23/2012 14:32

HOLY SMACKS, Girlfriend...THIS TABLE ROCKS!!!! It's even more beautiful than I thought it would be! Good for you! It's going to be SO cool with that fabric! xo

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Kimber
05/23/2012 14:44

Thanks sweetpea! and for the idea of the green! :) Hugs!

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05/23/2012 14:56

Hot cha cha.

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Kimber
05/23/2012 15:44

Thanks lol :)

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Teri Spurgeon
05/23/2012 15:21

OMG!! That table went from blah to "okay and nice (and safe)" to BLINGO!!!! I really like the coral and it is so trendy right now!! Love it!! Now am going to try to get myself to take the chances!! Love your blog!!

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Kimber
05/23/2012 15:45

Thanks Teri! I am so glad it inspires you to take some chances! I just love coral.. it is sooo bold and happy!

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laura
05/23/2012 15:37

Wow you are fast! That was just the beginning of the week when you were asking color opinions. It looks great!!! I can't wait to paint my dresser this color!

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Kimber
05/23/2012 15:46

Thank you Laura!
Im lucky it is dry and warm here ... so things dry quickly and I try to keep myself busy with the cowboy working :)

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05/23/2012 15:59

I Love it!!! You have great instincts! Debbie from Rustique Market.

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Kimber
05/23/2012 17:11

Thank you Debbie! If any of ya'll haven;t checked out her FB page you should!!
http://www.facebook.com/rustiquemarket

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06/01/2012 18:18

I love this one. You are very creative. I am becoming much bolder in my choices. I haven't tried this with home made chalk paint - try distressing with a wet cloth. Kinda damp not sopping. It is so much easier!

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06/16/2012 20:15

Thank you sooo very much!

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06/23/2012 10:50

I am with you on ...follow yur gut,luv the color tone

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06/23/2012 11:29

Thank you so much Kathyrn! It is my favorite piece of furniture I have finished... so far! LOL! Hugs

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