Hello sweet friends!! Thank you for all the well wishes for my sore back! I am not good at sitting around doing nothing that is for sure! I’m finally on the mend and hope to be back to creating this weekend!
Today is Furniture Fixer Upper today, and I’m pulling out an oldie to share with you! Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see what my friends are sharing today as well!
This is the piece I chose for today:
Do ya’ll remember this one? I originally shared this one over two years ago. It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago!
I had major issues with this table.
At the time, I chose to use DIY chalk paint and I had painted the entire piece with one coat that I mixed up 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 another brand of paint I had on hand at the time.
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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 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 had never had this happen before. The top surface must have had some sort of wax or oil applied to it that was not allowing the paint to adhere properly because the legs and underside were just fine.
Fixing the problem
I ended up having to sand the top down to the wood with my orbital sander:
I painted it again giving it two coats of paint and it did better that time. Nowadays, I would have reached for my beloved Dixie Belle in Caviar! I’ve never had that happen with Dixie Belle.
Change of plans
I decided to go in a different direction with the graphic on the second go and cut this one out with my Silhouette instead:
I filled it in with two coats of paint and removed the “stencil” right away.
A light sanding here and there with 220 grit sandpaper and a good coat of clear wax, and this table was finally complete! ( Now I would use Satin Clear Coat with a little black mixed in to seal like I did HERE.)
Ooh la la…so much better!
The company I usually purchase stencils from no longer has their own website, but I just found them on Etsy, and you can find this stencil in their shop HERE.
I’m not sure how the original graphic I created for this piece would have turned out, but it seemed a bit too bold and industrial in the end anyway.
This pretty French graphic was so much more fitting for these pretty curves!
This table was a beauty and at only $35, I snatched 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 at the time was such a pain. That is no longer an issue thanks to BOSS!
The gate legs swing out to support the leaves on either side…
This was such a pretty accent piece that I was almost sad I didn’t paint it in a color that would work with my own decor!
Don’t forget to check out what my friends have in store for you today!
Here’s another small drop leaf table that I gave some love to that you might enjoy too:
See how this one turned out HERE!
Etsy Shop News
I’m expecting my delivery of Dixie Belle’s new transfers and decoupage papers today or tomorrow, so look for those to be listed in my shop in the next day or so!