Pie Crust Table in Flow Blue
Sweet June is this autumn loving girl’s favorite summer month and I have much to be thankful for now.
Like summer vacation for my boys.
It’s warm but not 100 degrees yet.
It’s the 3rd anniversary of The Purple Hydrangea on Facebook! (come follow me if you don’t already)
I finished my patio makeover a couple of weeks ago and I was in between paint projects. My headboard bench was pretty involved so I wasn’t really looking to tackle anything that required paint stripper again.
Then I received a message from a friend of mine asking if I might be willing to donate a piece to a vintage furniture auction to raise money for a local woman battling breast cancer. I said “of course” without any hesitation.
I have always wanted to finish a piece for a cause and this opportunity came along at just the right time.
Paint Bucket List.
I have a paint bucket list. Actually, I have two. I think most sisters in paint do.
One day I will disclose my full list. I’m not sure we’ve been dating long enough for me to share all my secrets. 😉
One list is for styles of furniture I want to paint and the other is Miss Mustard Seed’s Paint colors I want to use but haven’t yet.
What is a pie crust table you ask?
The timeline to complete this project was a little tight so I decided this Duncan Phyfe style pie crust table would be perfect. It just so happens a pie crust table is very near the top of my style bucket list.
Pie crust tables come in a variety of heights with 1,2, and sometimes 3 tiers. As you can see the edges are scalloped like a pie crust, thus the name. I personally have never made a pie crust that even remotely resembled this or any other table I have seen. (giggle)
Here it is before.
Choosing a piece was the easy part but of course, then I agonized over color choices. Like I do.
Should I go bright and fun or keep it light and classy.
So I asked my Facebook friends and they had two suggestions, blue or ivory.
As much as I think cream or white would have been beautiful I knew before I even started that bleed through would be an issue.
Just in case you’ve never heard of the “B” word that makes furniture painters cringe, let me explain.
Bleed through happens many times when white paint is used on dark woods like mahogany or cherry. The tannins in the wood “bleed through” and appear as an ugly pink hue.
There are a couple of different ways to eliminate the “B” word but we’ll save that conversation for another day.
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So this brought me to blue. I was out of my favorite blue/green that I have used on almost every piece I’ve painted this year so I decided to use Flow Blue. This is one of the colors on my milk paint bucket list.
The only other issue that needed to be addressed was the seriously slick and shiny surface. I decided to give the whole thing a pretty good scuffing with a 180 grit sanding sponge. See ya later shine!
The rest of this post is really what I shall call “show and tell.”
I used two coats of milk paint and after the second I was a little worried the blue was too bright.
So I slathered on a coat of white wax which immediately calmed my anxious heart and gave it a lovely white washed look.
I love how the wax just settled into the scalloped edges.
And can we talk about these grooved legs? I got carried away and brushed the leg caps with wax. I kinda love it.
A last-minute decision to run out to the backyard for a hydrangea bloom was the right one.
Unless you are new around here you are probably in disbelief that I didn’t distress any part of this table. I am actually shocked that none of the paint chipped off.
I took no less than 50 photos in about 30 minutes. The time of day I had to shoot it was probably one of the worst as far as natural lighting goes.
I opted for this simple shot with my favorite flower, in a plain white pitcher, resting in a blue transferware plate that belonged to my grandmother.
Sometimes less is more.
Did this piece sell? As of right now, I can’t answer that question. I was assured if it didn’t sell during the auction the organizers would sell it and the proceeds would still be donated to the cancer treatment fund for Lauren.
If I’m being honest, I will feel a bit disappointed if no one chose my little pie crust table. I poured a lot of love in a short amount of time into this piece.
At the end of the day, I was blessed to have the opportunity to bless someone else with my work.
So tell me, what do you think of Flow Blue? I like it but… Kitchen Scale is still my favorite.
Do you have a paint bucket list or am I the only one?
Your sister in paint,