Mid Week Mid Century Modern

First, I just want to apologize. A few of you have left lovely comments for me and I haven’t replied – nor have I noted those of you who featured me in your Link Party round-ups or followed other blogs. I’ve had the worst cold these last few days and I’m totally behind in my web site duties. I’ll try to get caught up soon.

I’m behind on my furniture projects as well. I’m trying to get at least six pieces done before the end of the month and either get into a local antiques depot or sell via consignment.

Anyway, on to today’s feature topic: mid century modern. First, the MCM side table I mentioned in my previous MWMCM post is kicking my butt. I’ve stripped it and painted the portion I wanted to, but the water stain gave me problems. It kept bleeding through the paint. So I had to fix that. Then I started sanding and filling in the chips, but it’s the first time I’ve used POWER tools (sorry, just had to do that!) and I’ve not quite mastered the orbital sander. This became evident when circular marks showed through the stain I applied today. Urgh.

I may have to set it aside and work on something else for a bit.

For my next purchase, I’m considering this if it’s still available:

It’s also got some water damage, but the price is really, really low. So even if I bomb it, like the side table I’m working on, it’s not a huge financial loss and it’ll be a good learning project.

You’ve probably noticed I’m working on mostly small pieces. That’s because my car, a Subaru Outback, is in the shop and I’m not sure when I’ll get it back. So for now, I can only buy what’ll fit in our sedan! So annoying when these practicalities get in the way!



7 thoughts on “Mid Week Mid Century Modern

  1. Hi, have you considered using gesso and prime the stained/stubborn surface first? I would water it down just a bit and only go for a thin layer at first and once that’s dry, apply another one – result: a chalky, white base that would completely cover any surface (plastic, metal, shiny lacquered surfaces) and prep if for absorption of any paint. Big pots of gesso go a long way, so it’s a good value for money. I sometimes use it as a substitute of paint when working on bigger pieces, as I said – it has this chalky feel, so you may even consider it to be a quasi chalky paint when mixed with acrylics. Anyways, hope you’re better now and will come back soon to check out your transformations :).

    • Hi, thanks! No, I haven’t tried gesso though I’ll keep it in mind. When I saw the stain coming through, I did a quick Google and found that using spray shellac would also help seal the surface. That seems to have done the trick but I’m intrigued by the gesso as I’m using homemade chalk paint now. Thanks!

  2. Hi. Shellac also works as a sealer, right? I haven’t tried this medium yet, just came across some description of how/when to use it. The only problem I would have with shellac that it yellows your work and if you’re after an aged, vintage look I guess then it would be fine, but some of my work need to stay clear of any staining. But I’m talking here about the finish coat while you were asking how to start off with a surface to be worked on 🙂

    • In this case, it was used as a primer. I just sprayed it over the paint that showed the stains, let it dry, then painted more of my color over it. It’s a tip from the Purple Painted Lady site. I haven’t sealed the paint yet but won’t be using shellac for that because of what you noted. I’ll probably use wax or that wipe on polycrylic.

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