Hello sweet friends!!
Can I tell you how relieved I am that I finally finished that dang drop-leaf table?
So I had planned to share this pretty piece on Thursday:
Unfortunately I ran into major issues with the paint job on top. I had painted the entire piece with one coat of DIY chalk paint using a flat black paint my Hubby had picked up for another project. I decided it wasn’t quite black enough, so I followed up with a coat of leftover Country Chic Paint I had on hand. The only reason I didn’t start with the Country Chic is that the can of paint is super old.
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Everything seemed fine until I added letters I had cut with my Silhouette:
In that picture above I was spacing everything out how I wanted, and then I went back and added the negative parts to create a “stencil”:
Everything still looked good at this point. Then I painted in the “stencil” with two coats of DIY chalk paint, but when I went to remove the contact paper I had used, the black paint beneath was peeling away with just about every piece I removed…
I’ve never had this happen before. The top surface must have had some sort of cleaner or oil applied to it that was not allowing the paint to adhere properly because the legs and underside were just fine.
With all the rain we had last week, I knew I would never be able to get it sanded and repainted in time to share it Thursday. Luckily the weather dried out long enough this weekend to give it a good sanding with my orbital sander:
I painted it using only the Country Chic paint the second go round, two coats, and it did just fine. This color is Liquorice.
I decided to go in a different direction with the graphic and cut this one out with my Silhouette instead:
I filled it in with two coats of DIY chalk paint (Recipe HERE.) and removed the “stencil” right away.
A light sanding here and there with 220 grit sandpaper and a good coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax (I was sticking to tried and true products for this!) and this table was finally complete!
Ooh la la…so much better! You can purchase this stencil HERE.
I’m not sure how the original graphic I created for this piece would have turned out, but it seemed a bit bold in the end anyway. This pretty French graphic was just the right size.
This table was a beauty and at only $35, I snapped it right up, but it was a bit beaten up in places in its before state:
I decided a simple, elegant black makeover was just what it needed. The black paint camouflaged all those boo boo areas perfectly.
I love a good white makeover any day of the week, but it is ALWAYS more work, especially with these antique pieces.
Painting this piece black meant that I didn’t have to contend with potential bleed-through which surely would have been an issue with this table.
The gate legs swing out to support the leaves on either side…
This is such a pretty piece that I am almost sad I didn’t paint it in a color that would work with my own decor!
I surely would be trying to keep this one!
I am so grateful I can cross this one off the list!!
If you missed the other three makeovers from this bunch, you can catch up here:
I have a special treat for y’all this week… I will be posting THREE times! In addition to my regular Tuesday and Thursday, I will be back tomorrow as well woohoo!
I’ll be sharing the final pieces of my last thrifty haul. Rembember I was saving these drawers for a Spring project I had in mind?
Well it’s about time for a little Spring don’t ya think??
UPDATE: No need to wait! Get your Spring fix HERE now!
See y’all tomorrow!
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