One hot blonde.. a start to finish paint tutorial! September 21 2014

This is the easiest hobby to get into, but it's also one of the most overwhelming to know where to begin, I think.
Amiright?!
Soooo... I had this cute little Mersman end table in my stash that I decided needed to be Blonde.
It was a little rough. I gave it a bath with Mr. Clean and water, and then let it dry.
After I removed the hardware, I noticed that it had some holes on the top and some marks where the handles were.
I gave those spots a quick sand, and then filled them with my favorite filler.
After it dried, I sanded the patched spots.
And dusted it well.
I shook my paint well, and put on a coat.
It took two coats to cover this piece.
FCM paint is going to take a little bit longer to dry between coats than traditional paint, so be prepared :)
And now for the finish...
I decided to use a little dark glazing wax, and finish with spray shellac.
I'll cover dark waxing in a later post, but for now, I'll just tell you that I rubbed it on and wiped it back off strategically. Vague enough?
The thing I love about my dark glazing wax is how pretty it is and how easy it is to use!
I gave the whole thing a coat of shellac, and let it dry. Then I put the hardware back on and it was done!
The whole thing took me about 3 hours, mostly dry time there.