A few years ago, I found Maine Cottage in a magazine, and have been hooked on their colors and furniture and fabric ever since. Of course, nobody who actually lives in Maine can afford them, but still, it's nice to look. And it all reminds me somehow of the old camp. Worn out wicker, creaky wooden chairs, painted furniture. All put together with a glass of lemonade on a warm summer's afternoon. I mean, who wouldn't want to live here?
So, when I inherited a small side table from my mom's friend, I decided to try and give it a 'maine cottage' look. I had the local paint store color-match a swatch I printed out from online and went for it. This is the look I wanted...
Cute, but water-stained and had seen better days. So I bundled up and took it outside for a good sanding. I knew I would paint the legs, so I didn't bother with them (phew!). The top was a different story. I wanted to get to the original wood and then do a paste-wax finish. I sanded for about half an hour just to get all the water-marks out, and then spent another half hour on the curved sides and drop-leaf joints. My hands were numb by the end. Not really a project for the dead of winter in Maine.
Close enough. Then came the fun part - staining, sanding, and then a coat of smelly paste-wax.
(Note the super-professional Nylabone prop. Because that's how we roll in this house. Whatever is handy...)
I didn't prime, so it took a couple coats. But I was inside, toasty by the fire, so it was okay. Here's the before-and-after. Not exactly Maine Cottage, but it cost me $3.00 in supplies (sample jar of paint). Whee!