I couldn't remove all the red paint but I was able to sand most of it off. Here it is after I was finished sanding:
After sanding, I decided that I should put a wood stain on the table to help cover up any remanding red paint left behind. I forgot to take a picture of the table after the stain. It looked kinda cool because the red still showed through the stain, but this wasn't even close to the look I was going for, so I then painted the table in a cream colored paint.
Option number one- a dingy crystal knob. It add's a little feminine touch.
Then it was on to painting. I painted several different layers. Before I started painting, I got a bar of Dove soap and rubbed it over all the edges and some on the top of the table. I read online that this prevents the paint from fully absorbing in those places and makes it easy to distress those areas later. For the first layer of paint I chose a taupe grayish color and lightly painted the entire table. Then I rubbed soap over some areas again and painted an aqua/minty blue/green very lightly over the gray. Once again I put some soap on the table in certain spots and painted a top coat "wash" of white. Once this was dry I used the washcloth technique I described above to age and distress the table. The first picture is after it was painted and then once it was distressed.
I'm pretty happy with how each table turned out. What do you think?
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