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 ~