After I sanded, I blew it out really well using the air compressor to make sure there wasn't left over sawdust in the cracks before I stained it. I used Miniwax Wood Finish in Classic Gray 271 for the stain brand and color. I put, equivalent to, 2 coats of the stain and wiped the excess off well.
I let the stain dry for about an hour, maybe longer, and then I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White for the white wash technique. How I do my white wash technique; I used a paint brush to paint on the AS Pure White in random areas, immediately go over with a rag, finger dipped in water, and blend well around the area. Depending on how heavy you want the white, either wipe less where you painted it on or use more water on the rag to blend in. If that makes sense. I always have a bowl or cup of water to use with the rag for every area I use the paint brush in.
I was so excited to get my pillows covered after I had made them, that I ended up having to take all of them off again so I could get a before picture of what they looked like. And let me tell you, it's obvious i'm and amateur at sewing because the covers fit like OJ Simpson's glove on some of these pillows. It is a work out to get them on and off.
You can see in the photo, the table before we flipped it and I painted it. I have to say, even before I painted the table to pillows made a big difference.
Everything is coming along slowly but surely around here. I have plans for something fun on the wall above the couch. I have a history of not ever getting around to hanging things on freshly painted walls, but I told myself, not this time. I'm also trying to motivate myself to get rolling on painting the kitchen cabinets. That will make such a HUGE difference for the whole house, so I just need to get my butt over to Michella Marie and have her make a blend for me. What do you think about the pillow fabric choices and spool table as a coffee table? Does it look comfortable and inviting enough for you?