Project: Occasional Table
Color: Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint “Sage”
Recipe: Sage Recipe = 1 part Go Green + 1 part Baby I’m Amaized + 1 part Dog Bone + ½ part Black Dog – Recipe video here
Occasional tables are such a great way to add a little pizazz and color to your living space. This sweet thing had definitely seen better days and needed a complete makeover. From taking it completely apart to re-glue joints and replace rusty screws to removing the thick, flaky original finish and painting in a fresh new color, you name it, it was done.
This beautiful custom sage was created with Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint with one part Go Green, one part Baby I’m Amazed, one part Dog Bone and 1/2 part Black. I used General Finishes Van Dyke Brown glaze on all of the details and then did a paint wash using Dog Bone giving this beauty all sorts of charm and character. I used a couple of coats of satin topcoat and finished with several coats of flat to finish off the look.
The finish was thick and chipping and the whole table was wobbly. I took it completely apart, removed the finish down to raw wood, put it back together gluing all the joints and dowels and replacing the old rusty screws and clamped it overnight. The original rosettes were battered and broken but I was able to find replacements in the same size. I had hoped for the same design, but the new rosettes are beautiful and match the style of the table so well!
I used shellac on the table before painting to prevent tannin bleed through (the oils in the wood). Shellac is my preferred method and I have used it for years. This is the first time I have ever had an issue using it. It was extra humid and I sprayed three coats so I can only surmise it was not dry enough when I applied the paint. The next morning the entire table was covered in crackles so I spent several hours sanding with 400 grit sandpaper to smooth them all out. I let it sit another 24 hours to make sure everything was dry, did a test area to ensure I had sanded out all of the crackles and to make sure it wasn’t going to crackle again and then moved forward with painting.
After spraying a couple of coats of paint right side up, I attached the new rosettes. While I could have added them before painting, I think adding after a couple of coats gives it a more finished look.
After the paint dried, I applied two coats of topcoat and then used Van Dyke Brown glaze to highlight the beautiful lines in the table. There was something I just didn’t love about the finish. There was nothing wrong with it, but it just wasn’t completely right. I decided to try a paint wash over the green using Dog Bone and immediately knew that’s what the table needed. It gave it charm and a relaxed sweetness it didn’t have before. I also had not planned to distress the table at all but it kept distressing on it’s own in the same places every time I sanded between coats so I decided it was meant to be. I absolutely love how it’s come together even though it wasn’t at all the original plan. I also added new little feet to the legs to protect them and protect the floor it will sit on.
Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint is a water-based, low VOC, matte finish paint originally developed for our custom design shop. Our goal was to create a safe and easy-to-use paint that is customizable for our, and now your, furniture projects. Made in small batches in the USA, our paint line includes 16 pre-mixed colors, including a true black and white, affording you the ability to mix custom tints and shades. There is no limit to the colors you can create. Black Dog Furniture Paint dries to a velvety, matte finish and can be used on a multitude of surfaces, including glass, metal, wood, and ceramics. Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint can be applied over paint, varnish, lacquer, or poly. Apply the paint to a clean surface using either the brush of your choice or a paint sprayer. Easily create distressed effects, washes, or bright, bold, contemporary finishes with our expandable palette.
FINISH YOUR PIECE WITH ONE OF OUR TOP COATS
When your project is completed, don’t forget to protect it with one of our topcoats. Guard Dog and Show Dog are water-based, interior Poly/Acrylic topcoats designed as durable final finishes for Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint. Both topcoats can be applied by brush or sprayer, build quickly, and are self-leveling. We recommend Show Dog for use over white and pastel and colors as it will not amber. Both Guard Dog and Show Dog are available in matte and satin sheens.
ABOUT BLACK DOG SALVAGE
Established in 1999, Black Dog Salvage is a prominent architectural salvage company based in Roanoke, Virginia, and is the home of the DIY Network television show, Salvage Dawgs. Specializing in saving valuable architectural pieces of history from the landfill, the main retail showroom and nearby receiving warehouse are filled with architectural antiques, home furnishings, regional art, and custom designs. Extensions of the Black Dog Brand include Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint, The Stone House at Black Dog Salvage, and The Dog Bowl at Black Dog Salvage.
ABOUT SALVAGE DAWGS
Salvage Dawgs chronicles the adventures and creativity of Black Dog Architectural Salvage, a Roanoke, Virginia-based architectural salvage business established in 1999. Praised for the humorous, family-friendly banter amongst the team, a suspenseful approach to presenting the salvage process and useful information about how to reuse the items they find, Salvage Dawgs has proven to be an engaging and entertaining television show that the whole family can enjoy. Owned by Discovery Inc., all eleven seasons and 143 episodes are available via streaming and on demand.