Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Smoky Mountain Gray - Have you tried it yet?

Smoky Mountain Gray, this color is...magical!  It truly is an amazing, gorgeous color.  What makes it so magical, you ask?  When you paint with it, it will decide what color it is going to be!  Sometimes it is  a beautiful blue/green and others it is a blue/gray.  It is truly magical!
I first used it on my paint display & mixed it with Vermont Slate & Vintage White.

When I decided to keep this drop leaf table (until I find something else I love!) I knew I wanted to use Smoky Mountain again.   I purchased this table from a lady who told me it had been her grandmother's & she was so happy I was going to refinish it.  I am sure if she knew I was painting it she wouldn't have been too thrilled!

I stripped & sanded the top then put on some wood conditioner.

striped & sanded

My favorite wood conditioner

After wood conditioner.

I used a new stain from Behr that I picked up on clearance at Lowes.  It was different from anything I had used before.

It is thick & I didn't feel like it absorbed into the wood.  I put on 2 coats of stain, this was dark walnut but the end result looks very red.   I sealed it with 3 coats of Wipe on Poly.

 For the bottom, I brushed on Smoky Mountain mixed with a little water.  Then I added a little Vermont Slate to what was left but it was a little too dark so I added Vintage White & more Smoky Mountain.  I didn't stir it together completely but just kinda swirled it together so I would get some color variation.
I am still looking for a foot to match the others but its for me so I haven't been in a hurry.  You know how that goes, the shoemaker's kids have no shoes :)

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