December 5, 2018

Refinished Pine Apothecary Coffee Table & Mt Etna in Italy


Mt Etna is this smoking, gurgling, gusting volcano on the island of Sicily, in Italy. Locals call is "volcano bueno" even though it's constantly active and has wiped out town after town, over the last few recorded centuries. The nickname comes from the slow moving lava, which allows locals to completely clean out their homes before the lava flows, even to the point of removing windows and doors!


One of my favorite stories involves this little church several years ago. It begins when Mt Etna was blowing her top and the lava was slowly flowing. Soon it became apparent one of the little surrounding towns was in jeopardy. So the locals came out and prayed to their patron saint, St Agata. The piccolo (little) church now marks the spot the lava stopped, in response to those fervent prayers. But several years later, the lava was again moving in their direction....until it meant the church and just stopped. Inside the church you can see where the lava ate through the back wall, but stops before entering the church. 






We went as high as you could go in the mountain and then we went into one of the fissure caves, which was used for ice storage for years. Don't mind our jet-lagged faces, we had a 9 hour time change to get used to. 



For projects I have a great one, because EVERYONE Is always asking me how to age pine and we have the perfect product for that!! Weatherwood PINING stain will give pine gorgeous grays and browns colors! Check it out-



Materials

Directions


1.] SAND: Begin with either new wood or strip previously finished tabletop. Start with a rough grit with a 120 grit.


5.] PROTECT: Allow for the Maintenance Oil to cure. Then seal the table wit Weatherwash Varnish, we used Dead Flat.

6.] PAINT: Paint the base with your favorite chalky style paint, like Pearl Coatings 1 Step Furniture Paint.







If you'd like to see more furniture makeovers with this color scheme, here's a gorgeous Nautical Desk Makeover! [link]


Piece of pie, piece of cake! Building your own pieces can be easier than you think. But if carpentry's not up your alley, you could always refurnish an old piece like the above project. 
I hope to see you tomorrow at our party! 

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