Monday, December 8, 2008

~ A New Look ~

I've wanted the table above for a long time, I've always had the vision in my head of what I wanted, but even with my resources and much time looking I just never found the perfect one, so as they say: "when you can't find what your looking for , make it yourself ".... well, lol, I don't know who said that, but its a good motto. Hand painting furniture to some seems difficult , but I can assure you, if I can do it, so can anyone! Its a busy season, but I really wanted this done by Christmas so I took most of Saturday, set aside a few hours and went to work on it. The following below is a step by step guide to how I got to the finished look. (Above and below are 2 pictures of it finished and then the pictures go in order from "before" to the last step....)
Before ( below ) an old antique pine table and my 4 chairs...My new choice of colors were inspired by Elyse's beautiful little table over at Cottage, I knew they would be perfect for my kitchen, Thanks Elyse!
First step: Zinsser primer , one coat....
2: One solid coat of Linen White
3: Add any details you'd like, for me, I taped out and painted 4 stripes in a Robins Egg blue, then I also decoupaged some of the roses from my kitchen wallpaper and then hand painted cherries on to the chairs and table base...and then after the details were added, I sanded some paint off in areas of use to give it a nice distressed shabby look...

4: the next step is to glaze it with a glazing medium ( available at any paint store )......to get that, add a tint of antique color to the glaze, in my case I used a 1/4 cup of coffee color to 1 cup glaze and mixed it together. Then apply it it circular motions ( with a soft cloth )over the piece you are painting and this gives it the nice antique look.
5: And last but not least, apply a Coat of Bees Wax ( follow directions on the can ) to protect the finish, another name for the Bees Wax is "bowling alley wax"or Butchers wax.................................wa-lah! , you are done :)
Now its time to sit back and enjoy it..... :)
Any of the pictures can be clicked on to make bigger and get a better view of the layers....
I hope you are all having a fabulous Holiday Season! Now I'm off to visit all your wonderful blogs and catch up! Thank you so much for all your sweet comments on my gift wrapping ideas and Christmas decor, I am truly blessed by all of you!

~ Hugs ~

Cynthia

86 comments:

luthien said...

what a fabulous make over cynthia! i'm glad you undertook the project... what a change it has made to this corner of your room :) your work is very very neat and totally professional (but then again you are!!!! :)))) ) it's really beautiful...the decoupage details, the de-stressing and the aging... all gorgeous!

cottage farm villa (aka cottagecharm) said...

Ok, you have done it. Put me to shame. I have a dining room set that I have had since 1986...if you can believe that....it is French Country....paid a pretty penny...and still love it. Even though all I did was hand paint furniture (shabby chic it all) to sell at the flea markets and antique malls.....I have never done MY own table. I have wanted it white for about 10 years now, (it is pine)...but now I am into a sage/grey very soft and muted in my color choice. I am going to DO IT! Again, you are an inspiration ! Your table is so cute! Love the robins egg blue strips! When I do my table, I will email you and let you know...so you can take the credit of pushing me into it! (LOL) 1986, can you believe it? UGH! ~Cheryl

Simply Dandy said...

It looks fabulous Cynthia. I actually love painting furniture, it is such a great way to give a piece a new look for very little money. I am actually thinking about painting my dining room hutch a barn red this week. Thanks for the tip on the glazing. I have never done that. Your hard work paid off.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Elyse said...

CYNTHIA! AMAZING JOB! YOU DID IT! it looks wonderful!!! i love it. it opens up the space so much. good for you for carving out time to get it done during this busy time of year. wow -- and you painted the cherries, too! BEAUTIFUL!!! yeah cynthia!!! xoxo i am so excited for you. :)

Angie said...

So so cute and looks just perfect in your cottagey home!

Stacey said...

That is awesome!! It's absolutely perfect for your home Cynthia! You should be very proud. :)

once in a blue moon... said...

what took you so long! it looks fabulous, so in tune with your darling house. love all your extra touches, you should be very proud of your yourself, its beautiful!

Lee Laurie said...

Oh My Gosh! Your table turned out so beautful! I've never used the wax before. I just primed my hutch. I will paint it tomorrow. I hope it turns out as pretty as your table. Thanks for giving me ideas and inspiration!

Cathy said...

Wow, what a change. You did a great job!

Cathy

Tracey said...

Cynthia!! It is soooo beautiful!! I love it!!

mishebe said...

what a beautiful idea. It is so cute. I love painted furniture. mishelle

Tricia Anne said...

I adore your table and chair makeover! It looks perfect in your cottage! :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Dolly said...

Cherries and Roses......
A PERFECT combination!

Love the new look...painting furniture is my favorite thing to do!

Hugz, Dolly

Liz said...

Love this!!! I am debating on doing my kitchen set.... I think I have more courage now...

~Liz

An Accomplished Woman said...

Cynthia

It looks fabulous as everything you do does. Love to see what you are up to.

ginger at enchanting cottage said...

WOW!! You did a great job. It is so~~~~ pretty.
Thank-you for stopping by that was so sweet of you.
Ginger

Sincerely Yours said...

Hi Cynthia! ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! This table couldn't be more perfect for your kitchen space! Love it; you just sent lots of ladies out for paint and paper!!!lol You got me going now; I wonder if my husband will notice????lol Sincerely, Jeannette

Candy-Faith said...

Love the table!
Not sure if you know my new blog address. It is
www.ablogbycandy.blogspot.com

You've inspired me to now make over my table!

Candy :)

Diane said...

This is beautiful! I love the stripes, wallpaper roses and cherries! Great job!!! ☺ Diane

salmagundi said...

It really looks great - all light and bright! Love the stripes. Sally

Adrienne said...

Cynthia, I love what you did with your table and chairs. It's just perfect. Thanks for sharing it with us. Maybe we will be inspired to try something we have been wanting to redo. ~Adrienne~

Michelle said...

Cynthia, that is the most amazing transformation!! It still amazes me how a new coat of paint changes something completely. You did a great job and it turned out sooooo adorable. How cottage perfect! :)

Elyse said...

hi cynthia, you are so sweet to mention my table as an inspiration. i am honored and so happy to have inspired you in any way. hooray for paint and paper!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

I love the table and the cherry decals you used! Great job!!

blessings

mary

tam said...

Cynthia what a transformation! I absolutely love it! So perfect for your house-very nice work!
Have a nice week!
Smiles~Tam !

Lavender Dreamer said...

You did a fabulous job making it perfect for your home. You'll enjoy that for years to come! It's perfect!

azah said...

Hii..greeting from Malaysia..I really love you creation.It worth every penny you can count and most of all it inspired me. I link your blog so that i wont miss any single project you do. Great job..keep it up

azah said...

Hii..greeting from Malaysia..I really love you creation.It worth every penny you can count and most of all it inspired me. I link your blog so that i wont miss any single project you do. Great job..keep it up

Laura said...

Hi Cynthia.

I want to live at your house!!! Its just gorgeous and you are very VERY talented!! Can't wait for your next post...

Merry Christmas!!

Blondie's Journal said...

The table is beautiful. I love to paint and distress old furniture and your step by step instructions were really useful I will keep stopping by your blog for more ideas!

~♥~ Monica S said...

Beautiful result!! You did a good job!!! have a wonderful week!

Monica

FrenchGardenHouse said...

This looks absolutely wonderful!! what a great new look,, love the stripes and Cherries. :)
May you have many happy meals here, Cynthia.
xo Lidy

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

OH My Gosh! Cynthia that turned out so fabulous! I love it. Ok, now I need the real info... what brand of paint you used that is linen white. And was linen white the actual name? AND what brand of wax did you use?

I love the stripes, the roses, the cherries. Just perfect! And YES! The picnic basket would look wonderful sitting on that table! You could store vintage table linens in it. It is still available. I made another one for the person who ordered it and she purchased the second one I made for her. She just didn't want the side flip top - which i just LOVE.
Hugs,
Penny

Charmingdesigns said...

first...come back, come back...I just listed the cherry spoon...Now...This table of your is just stunning!!!!! The chairs...what a difference!!!!!!!Om my goodness...Just fabulous!!! Laurie

Rhondi said...

Hi Cynthia
The table and chairs look fabulous. You did an awesome job. I had a pair of chairs just like yours which I got for $5 years ago and I helped my daughter paint them black for her dining room.
In answer to your queston about my red and white teapot; I got it at HomeGoods last year. There was no manufacturers' name on it
Hugs, Rhondi

Sue said...

What a great project. Such a transformation! It matches the mood of your charming kitchen (that happens to be one of my favorites) perfectly. Great, inspiring job.
Hugs,
Sue

Miss Janice said...

That table is absolutely darling. You did a great job! The room is just perfect with the wallpaper, draperies, and seat covers. It's all just perfect!

Happy @ Home said...

WOW - WOW - WOW, how pretty, Cynthia. You did such a nice job and thank you for giving the step by step instructions. Maybe some day I will work up the courage to try it.

I'm glad to hear that you found the Hallmark stove ornament but I'm SHOCKED to hear the prices they are selling for!! Yikes!!!

Hugs,
Kim

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Cynthia,

You are amazing and your painted table looks perfect in your adorable cottage. Thank you for sharing your painting tips and also for sharing your gift wrapping tips. I bought some Chinese take out cartons today and will pack them with Christmas cookies and fudge - loved all of your wrapping ideas.
Have a lovely week and enjoy the holidays with your family.
Erin

Becky said...

Cynthia,
Wow wow wow. Your table looks fabulous. What it did for that space is amazing. It really softened it up. Give yourself a pat on the back because that was a wonderful transformation.
Holidays and get togethers sure have a way of pushing us into high gear. I get so much done this time of year.
Hugs
Becky

Tracy said...

Cynthia, WOW! it is precious. You are so creative.
I always look forward to your cute projects.
Thanks for sharing.
~Tracy~

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Omigoodness..that is gorgeous..do I see a cherry peekin out? Stunning girl! Cherry

Glenda said...

Oh wow, this turned out fabulous.
You must have felt proud of yourself.

Ciao

The White Bench said...

Wow! Stunning!!
I particularly love painted furniture... brilliant job, Cynthia! Hope to post some of my previous makeovers, maybe after the Holiday Season- too many decorations and ideas to share at the moment!!

The final step- 'sit back and enjoy it' is the best of all, isn't it!;)

Hugs,

Monica.

Life'sJourney said...

Love your painted table set.. you've inspired me to finish some painting projects of my own that have been on the back burner for too long!!

Nancy said...

cynthia, that is gorgeous! you are so talented! It looks so much better then the other way! Nancy

Meadowsweet Days said...

Cynthia, this looks lovely! What a transformation! Thanks for visiting..... I'm still waiting for you to pop in the door at Meadowsweet! I'm not usually there on a Friday, so come any other day! I'd love to meet!

Have a wonderful day.... I'm off to the city, again!

Carol

Sugar Bear said...

Oh wow! It is absolutely gorgeous. So inspiring! Makes me want to find a table to paint!
Karla

Suzann @ Lavender and Roses said...

I cannot believe how much different the room that the table in looks! The table is beautiful beyond words!

Hannah said...

You never cease to amaze me! That table is beautiful, you are so talented! I love the blue lines and the cherries, so pretty!
I have a little something for you, stop by my blog whenever you get a chance.

Have a great day!

Rue said...

Hi Cynthia :)

I've been reading your blog for a little while now and I don't think I've ever left a comment, but I wanted tell you that you did a beautiful job on your table and chairs. I love the addition of the blue stripes :)

Have a wonderful day!
rue

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Hi Cynthia,
I did the same thing to my coffee table!! Elyse is going to see her table everywhere!! It looks so pretty. I love the chairs too.
Hugs~Kelly

Storybook Woods said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE it !!!!!!! Clarice

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh Cynthia! That is gorgeous! You did a beautiful job, I just love it! So cottage~y! And you made it looks so easy!

Hope you have a beautiful holiday season as well :)

Hugs,
Amy

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is absolutely beautiful, Cynthia. Great makeover!

Melissa said...

I used to have the same table. It was too big for my dining space, so I traded it for a hoosier cabinet. Seeing your pictures, I'm thinking that I made a terrible mistake. Oh well.

It's lovely.

Melissa

Cherished Gifts And Favors said...

Wow Cyn! You did an amazing job! The table and chairs turned out so pretty.

amariaf2000 said...

That is FABULOUS!! Will you come visit me and paint my stuff?!?!
:-) I can't believe you did that in one day!!! It would have taken me a month!
~angela
www.mccalled.com/peonypatch

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Waht a labour of love Cynthia - I love what you have done to the table - the roses are a sweet addition.
Enjoy your 'new' suite!
Niki

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Cynthia, what a lovely work of art. You took something generic and turned it into something absolutely beautiful! How wonderful is that? It looks wonderful, in fact looking at your blog, your home looks wonderful. Hope you have a lovely week!
Blessings,
Debbie

Jenny said...

Oh, my goodness! What a transformation! Did the entire process take you only a day? I so appreciate the step by step guide, as I have a couple pieces that I would like to give a face lift, including our bathroom vanity. What a lovely find of inspiration your blog is ... I shall grab a cozy cup of coffee to visit a spell!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Cynthia-your table came out beautiful! I just love what paint can do to furniture. And I see we are almost neighbors. I'm in Smithtown!

Jen r. said...

Love your table! You did a fabulous job!

Kim's Cottage said...

Oh my gosh, it is dropdead gorgeous! It looks like a whole new piece of furniture! So light and airy now too. You did a superb job.

Merry Christmas!


K-

VintageJunkie said...

Cyn, yout table is sooo BEAUTIFUL! You never cease to AMAZE ME! Your kitchen n breakfast area is breathtaking! your whole house for that matter! I am SO SORRY for not blogging and keeping in touch! I have had tons of company in and out for the holidays and am expecting more for Christmas and New years! I hope to get back to normal after the Holidays! I will be doing allot of painting come January, I am adding chocolate brown to my white and pink so I will post pics asap! THANKS so much for all of your sweet comments! They mean ALLOT coming from YOU! XOXO Bekah...

Tutti Chic said...

Your table came out amazing! thanks for the step-by-step! I'm off to read more of your beautiful blog. :) chris

Susan S. said...

That came out beautifully. I'm glad I stumbled onto your blog. I've repainted many pieces of furniture too....your transformation is incredible!

Tea Time With Melody said...

Cynthia, I absolutely love your table. It is so pretty. So pretty I'd be afraid to eat on it. lol

Esther Sunday said...

Cynthia: I absolutely adore your project and your decorating! Really, it is just awesome! Love, Esther

LillyB said...

I love your new table!! Great job!!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

What a lovely transformation!! You did an amazing job and it really brightens up your entire room. So, so sweet!!!!!

xo
Becky

Liz said...

Yeah Cynthia! This looks fantastic!

Lynne said...

Cynthia, this looks incredible. So professional. Isn't it wonderful when we have a vision and we can bring it to life with some of our own hard work? I'm glad you included the instructions..thanks for the inspriration..going to try some of this in the spring on a couple of pieces..hugs ~lynne~

Glitter and Bliss said...

Oh my goodness... I am blown away!! I would love to paint my dining room table and chairs, but have always been very worried that I couldn't pull it off. You made it look easy. I hope you are doing well. Leslie

Barb said...

Cynthia,
The table and chairs you did are absolutely fabulous!
Can't wait to see what else is on your blog.
Barbara Jean

Donna said...

What an incredible transformation - and my favorite cottage blue, too! To think, I've just been hiding my old pine trestle table under cottage tablecloths - your table is truly inspirational!... Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Cynthia!

Oh my! What a beautiful dinning set you have redone! So pretty and fresh! Clever girl! You have inspired me!

As Penny asked, what brand of paint did you use? Also, I noticed you did not say you striped the old finish off. So many have said I need to do that but yours turned out perfect! I like your steps. Such a sweet set to complement your already beautiful home!

Hugs,
Maryjane

vintagewindow said...

What a sweet kitchen table makeover. I love painted furniture, just so cozy.

Kris

Cottage Lifestyle said...

Cynthia,

Wow...what a transformation! The table and chairs are beautiful. You have talent.

Kristens Creations said...

Oh my goodness! How beautiful!! LOVE IT! The little cherries are the perfect touch. It looks PERFECT in the room. Kristen

Sondra Behne' said...

Oh my..that is just too beautiful. You are one talented lady....you should be very proud of the job you did. Now sit back and enjoy your hard work.

Sondra

Diane Fay (littlealma) said...

That is amazingly beautiful!!! It changed the whole room and lightened it up! Gorgeous! You do beautiful work! I am also wondering what brand of paint you use? And did you need to sand before you did the "zinsing"? (this is what always keeps me from doing projects - it sounds like too much work!)

Love your blog,

Hugs from Michigan - Diane

Cottage Magpie said...

Just found your blog today, and just love it! I'm so glad I came. This table looks fantastic, and I absolutely LOVE your wallpaper!!! Do you have details about pattern names, etc..? Also, I'm wondering what brand of paint you use -- I have a white I love called Crisp Linen so I'm curious if it's the same or not. Great to find you!
~Angela :-)

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Cynthia, What an amazing job you did on your dining set. Wherever did the idea for the stripes come from? I just love it! Stop by for a visit at my home soon.

Janet said...

Noooooo way! Cynthia this table is absolutely gorgeous! I have a dark brown table just like yours that has been sitting in my "cottage", but I"m afraid to paint it - it couldn't be nearly as beautiful! But, after Christmas you inspired me to try something smaller....perhaps a little table - I'll be checking back here for my painting 101! Hugs back!

Mary Ruth said...

That dining set is GORGEOUS! It just made it so wonderful with your paint job! VERY VERY pretty!