Hi everyone! I hope you had a great week. Are you looking forward to the week-end? Yeah, me too. I need a break after our recent family reunion extravaganza. And a little vintage shopping would be nice, too, of course. Hopefully I’ll squeeze some of that in tomorrow. But today I’ve got a little side table makeover to share.
Some of you may recall this table from a few weeks ago. Remember the sale with all the cream colored shutters for a dollar each? Well, as I loaded my van with the shutters (and a few other things), the nice lady holding the sale walked by me with this table and set it on the curb. I asked if it was for sale and she said yes, but it needed lots of work. I asked how much. A buck she said. Sold I replied. The surface was marred but it was in otherwise good, sturdy condition.
The fellow I bought it from said that the camouflage effect could only be created when mixed with other paint colors from separate cans. If I used the can I bought from him (for a dollar) by itself, then the cap color would spray uniformly on any surface. As you can see in the photo above, the paint did not go on uniformly; it came out splotchy.
After the chalk paint dried, I applied my favorite French stencil to the top pouncing on black acrylic craft paint with a make-up sponge from the Dollar Tree. (They are trianglar in shape. I use the larger, flat end to apply the paint. As always with stenciling, you want your “brush,” in this case “sponge,” to be nearly dry. This prevents excess paint from oozing under the stencil. Once dry, I sprayed the wording with acrylic spray paint in satin to protect it from rubbing off. (I used wax on the rest of the piece; however, wax acts like a solvent for craft paint and would rub it off.)
Then I gave the entire piece a coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax, let it sit for 15 minutes and buffed it with a piece of cheesecloth.
A few people have asked me what the second shelf is for. I think it’s for books, with built in book ends.
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