Remember the chevron table that I made a back in August?
I liked the table, but I decided that it just wasn’t right for my little condo. It just looked too busy.
I took the picture below for my own use. I never intended to put it on my blog (obviously, since I didn’t take any time at all to clean up my mess). But I decided to show you anyway just so you can see what I’m talking about. I’m just keeping it real here. And I’d love to try to convince you that I’m usually not this messy, but that would be a lie.
But you see what I mean, right? It just looks…off. Dirty. Dingy. I’m not sure, really. I can’t quite put my finger on it.
So last night, I dragged the table outside, sanded the whole thing down, and stained it.
I still hated it.
I made the table out of cheap pine, and I really hate the way that pine looks when it’s stained. So after sharing my frustration with Matt, and talking about some different options, he decided for me that the table needed to be yellow. I didn’t want to cover the grain of the wood completely since that’s what creates the chevron pattern, so I decided to do a color wash using yellow paint. And the only yellow paint I could find was craft paint.
I was working outside in the dark by the light of two bulbs, and after I finished painting the wood, I really liked the effect.
But things tend to look quite a bit different in the light of two bulbs at 11:00pm than they do in the early morning light of the day. I woke up this morning, excited to go out and see my table, and…well…I wasn’t so thrilled. The yellow that looked soft and pretty at night now looked harsh and orangish in the light of day.
Of course, early morning light distorts colors just like the light of two bulbs at 11:00pm does. So I really won’t know how it really looks until I get it inside. But what I did know is that I wanted more wood grain to show, so I grabbed some sandpaper to remove some of the paint and let more of the wood grain show through. You can see in the pictures below that the first two full columns on the left have been sanded.
I really do like the effect, but I’m still not sold on the color. I was hoping for something a bit softer, and a truer yellow. But again, it could just be the early morning light.
And I’m also not sure if I want to paint the strips of wood around the edge of the table, or leave them stained.
Or heck…it’s very possible that by tomorrow, I will have changed my mind again and have a completely different look for this table.
Do you have any suggestions? How would you paint the table?