Hello beautiful friends, and happy April Fool’s Day! Do people say that? I’m pretty sure they don’t ha ha.
I’m back today with another piece that I’ve had for so long that it moved with us back in 2017. How ridiculous is that?
This is one of the very few pieces I’ve purchased from Facebook. I believe I found it on a local yard sale page and it was $15:
This petite table was a porch pickup, and I didn’t see in the ad for it that it had a chunk of veneer missing from the top:
I ended up reluctantly taking it anyway. It could be a bench also, but the underside has “coffee” scrawled across it, so I’m assuming this is a very petite coffee table.
That tiny piece of missing veneer is what has stopped me from making this piece over all these years. If it were in the center, I would have filled it with Dixie Mud and called it a day, but because it was on the edge, I decided to remove the veneer altogether.
How NOT to remove veneer:
This is how NOT to remove veneer! Seriously, not the most fun way to spend an afternoon, and it will never yield a smooth, gouge-free surface.
In my defense though, I was tricked. The first row peeled right up. And I figured this was such a small surface that I would just keep going, even when the going got tough.
After finally getting all the veneer removed, I gave it a good sanding with my rotary sander:
Then after a good cleaning, I gave it two coats of Fluff:
It’s probably hard to tell in photos, but I added quite a bit of “character” with my expert veneer removal:
It is hard to see, but you can see it in person.
Transfer to the Rescue!
I had planned to try out one of Dixie Belle’s brand new transfers on this piece. I chose one that would cover more surface that would be perfect for camouflaging the imperfections.
This is the Lace Transfer:
Isn’t it perty?? It has four sheets total that can be matched up to make one larger 32″ x 22″ design, or you can split the pieces up to use on several smaller projects.
How to Apply a Transfer
Be sure your paint is good and dry. I have applied transfers after just a couple hours and they have done great.
- First, line the transfer up where you want it:
- Then, fold one edge under about 2-3 inches, and press lightly to hold it in place:
- Unroll the rest of the transfer, slowly removing the protective backing, while using your hand to smooth the transfer across the surface:
(Imagine my hand smoothing it into place lol.)
- Trim any edges that may need trimmed with a razor blade/exacto knife:
- Use the burnishing tool provided with the transfer to apply pressure evenly across the surface of the transfer:
- Peel up one edge and begin to remove the clear top layer. If any of the design sticks to the front, lay it back down and burnish with your tool a bit more.
- Each sheet is numbered, so you can lay them in order. This will allow the edges to match up to create one larger design.
I continued adding sheets two and three and finished up with sheet four, matching up the design:
The original table had what appeared to be a glazed look on the legs. I decided to go with a similar treatment for the redo using Grunge Gray Wax. I applied it with our one of our newest additions to the brush family, the La Petite:
(See all our brushes HERE.)
The tip on the La Petite is tapered which is fantastic for pushing the wax into all the details!
The previous glaze left the surface somewhat textured which I couldn’t see until I painted. Instead of trying to sand it smooth, adding wax was a great way to work with those imperfections.
I used a clean soft cloth to buff away the excess:
I believe the instructions say to wait 15 minutes before buffing, but I don’t do that. I apply it in small sections and start buffing almost right away.
When using darker waxes, it’s a good idea to apply clear wax first as the chalk paint will really absorb the color. With the Grunge Gray wax, I chose not to apply the Clear wax first as the color is not as deep.
Here is how this little cutie looks after it finally got its makeover:
The wax highlights all the details, much like a glaze.
And how about that pretty top? I added wax right across the transfer also:
Waxes are a great way to subdue bold colors also.
Ha ha! Shhh…that will be our little secret!
See what other transfers I have in stock in my shop HERE!
You know I’m thrilled to cross this one off!!
Only FOUR pieces left!!! I need to go shopping!
Missed any so far? See them here:
Painting the Smalls, Holiday Edition (Five of these pieces are in this post!)
I’ll be back on Tuesday with this tray:
UPDATE: No need to wait! See how sweet this tray looks now HERE!
Have an amazing, blessed Easter weekend, dear friends!!
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