I started by sanding it and wiping it down to prep it for spray paint. It's hard to tell but the table was silver.
I perservered and sanded, sanded, sanded. I finally got back to a pretty smooth surface and was ready to paint again.
Fatal Error #3? If you can frigging believe it (obviously I couldn't), the paint nozzle had somehow gone faulty or clogged. The first spray out of the can (yes, I kicked myself for not testing it first, but I had already used it!!) went on in GIANT SPLOTCHES. Everywhere. And not just on the table. In mad panic, I grabbed a cloth and frantically tried to wipe it off. Nope. That stuff is on there. I only succeeded in smearing it into streaks.
Hahahahaha. I can laugh about it now. I just felt sick that I had ruined a table that didn't even belong to me. Oh and don't forget... it was a surprise, so I didn't even have permission to mess with the table. Eventually, I got myself together and re-sanded again. I took the spray paint back and got another one and did it again. This time, no travesties. Needless to say, there is no protectant on it so I told my sister to be veeeeery careful. There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears in that table. Quite literally. She got it home and has it set up at her front door as her "landing spot". She sent me a couple pics, so here's how it looks now.
She styled it a couple ways because she isn't 100% set on what she wants there. Here's her source list:
Candleholder - The Cross Decor and Design in Vancouver
Key bowl - Home Sense
Flower - Gift
Painting- some talented under recognized painter I discovered. But they didn't sign it. She's referring to me ;)
I thought about it after and thought maybe wax isn't intended for veneered surfaces because it's not pourous? I don't know. But I definitely had quite the adventure with this project - sure turned out cute though, didn't it?! Have you had any misadventures like this one that you'd care to share? Please do, maybe I'll feel like less of a moron.