Farm Table with Faux Rusted Top, For Real

Don’t you just love a good rusty finish?  I love the look of things that are old, chippy, rusty.  Like they have a story to tell.  Recently I received a picture from a student of mine asking me if I could replicate the finish she saw on a dresser.  I love a good challenge!  My cheapo Farm table from Good Will was the perfect specimen.

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Here is the picture I used for inspiration:

A Perfect Gray


And here is the table before I started:

Farm Table before

I knew I needed a paint that was easy to manipulate and forgiving.  This would be hard to achieve with a paint that contained latex or acrylic because it would eventually seize up and rewetting it, manipulating it is not an option.  This is why I LOVE CeCe Caldwell’s Paints.  It is a Chalk and CLAY based paint.  That’s it.  It is by far the easiest paint I have ever used, and the ways you can use it are endless.

I started with a base coat of Georgia Clay, which is kind of an earthy, rusted color:

Georgia Clay on farm table

From this point forward, I was so engrossed in what I was doing. I forgot to take more process pictures!  I love this finish so much.  I will definitely be trying it on more pieces (like my free crate makeover coming up this Wednesday!)

When the Georgia Clay had dried, I painted a very thin coat of Pittsburg Grey on most of the table, except the middle.

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Next I added Dover White Wash.  At first I brushed it on, but then realized I wanted a cloudy, natural look,  not painted look.  I sanded down and used a wet rag to manipulate the paint.  You can manipulate the dried paint with a wet rag!  I then pounced on Dover White Wash again. When this dried, I went back and wet distressed some more until I had the look I wanted.Farm table with faux rusted top 2 redouxinteriors

For the base I painted a combination of Pittsburg Grey and Vermont Slate.  I did the same wet distress, and blend the paints where I could.  Farm Table with faux rusted top 3 redouxinteriors

My rusty table took a trip to Paris Flea Market this weekend!

The best thing about this table, it won’t rust anymore!  I sealed the entire piece with hard wearing CeCe Caldwell’s Endurance.  Now this Farm table is fit for a Farm House or an Elegant Abode.


 Sharing my rusty table with these fine parties:

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    • GTC says

      Thank you so much Denise! It was more like bound and determined!! It really is so easy to manipulate CeCe Caldwells paints.

  1. Susan says

    Hi Karen. I’m so happy you were able to replicate the finish on the chest. I fell in love with it and had to send you the photo. The table is so beautiful! Thanks for figuring it out.

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