Hello sweet friends! I’m back from vacation and ready to get back to it! We had a great week, and Jack was even able to join us for the last two days!
Today’s project is this petite Queen Anne side table from my latest haul that I picked up at the thrift store for $8 less 20%, thanks to a full punch card:
I started this project like most with a good cleaning with White Lightning:
I swapped out my water for clean water and wiped it down again to remove any residue. The applicator pads are terrycloth and are perfect for cleaning!
This table wasn’t too dirty at all, but anything that hangs around our garage for any length of time will need a good wipe down!
I failed this one, y’all
I was thinking black with a design in white on the top would be pretty, so I gave the table two coats of Caviar.
Then I broke out a couple of my silkscreen stencils and took my time adding a really pretty design to the top:
That design is from the Butterflies stencil. Unfortunately, that’s the only photo I have of this version since it was just an in-progress shot.
After I was done adding my design and the paint was dry, I sanded across the top to smooth everything out and it was looking great.
The Big Fail
Here’s where this project went awry! In my haste to get this thing sealed and done, I applied my topcoat of Satin Clear Coat, and the white smeared! OH NOOOOOO! If that had happened while sanding, I could have gone back and lightly sanded the areas that had smeared or done some touch ups, but there was really nothing I could do to fix it at that point.
I had used an acrylic craft paint for the stencil that I should have allowed a little more time to thoroughly dry. Much like Silk paint, it dries from the top down. I’m really surprised it didn’t smear when I sanded, but the Clear Coat must have reactivated it. Proper dry time is always a good idea!
It wasn’t that terrible, honestly, but you can imagine how the smeared white stood out against the black. I wish I had taken a photo, but I was already moving onto pan B!
It was frustrating for sure, but I decided to go in a totally different direction! I honestly don’t think I was totally in love with the first version anyway.
I sanded the design on top to smooth out the surface and then gave my little table two coats of no-fail Fluff:
I love you, Fluff!
Adding a transfer
Then, I dug through my transfers and found this one I bought ages ago:
It’s called Paris Valley, and there are several retailers on Etsy that still have it if you search that name.
I love it. All three pages can be matched to make one seamless design. It isn’t that large but perfect for this small table!
I always lightly sand my chalk painted surfaces with 220 grit sandpaper before applying transfers to the surface to make it as smooth as possible.
I’ve found the easiest way to apply transfers is to start burnishing (rubbing firmly with the enclosed tool) in one corner. Then, start pulling the transfer up in that corner and continue to pull as you go:
Photo Credit: The Hubby (He said to make sure I gave him credit lol.)
If any of the transfer sticks to the top, simply lay it back down and burnish some more.
I sanded lightly all over the rest of the table to distress a bit. Luckily, it worked out that I painted it black first, since that is what you’ll see coming through when I sand!
You can see more on how I apply sealer with a sponge in this video:
If you have trouble viewing, find it on YouTube HERE.
After having to give this table two compete makeovers, I’m pleased with the end result!
From the front, it looks like simple white makeover, but when you get a little closer…
It has a lot more personality!
The black and white are neutral enough to fit just about anywhere.
Just a little distressing is enough for me!
I love the top!
And here’s a peek at the top with nothing on it…
Just when you think you have a super easy project ahead of you, you just never know!
I’m so glad I didn’t quit on this sweet table!
I wish I would have taken a photo of the first one before I sanded away the stencil, so you could decide which you liked best, but I think I prefer this version!
Either way, that’s one more project crossed off the list!
See what I’ve completed so far at the links below:
Painting the Smalls #16 (candlesticks, small box, tray)
I’ll be back on Thursday with the second of the three boxes in this haul:
See ya then!
UPDATE: No need to wait! See the sweet after of this box HERE now!
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