Anchors Aweigh said the little wood table. Now I don’t always immediately get an idea how to paint a piece. Sometimes it will sit in my garage for a while until I get an inspiration. For this table my idea was to use a technique I learned in my furniture painting class I took this past summer. I got the table off the top of the table mountain and was ready to start painting it in a driftwood color.
Apparently this table had other ideas because I promptly decided to paint it white, using DIY chalk paint which I did. I don’t know about you but I really feel as if the furniture does tell me what to do. I still want to try my other idea but that will be another story.
How to enlarge a picture
The next step was to take a stencil I have of an anchor and enlarge it. The link to this anchor stencil isn’t the exact one I used. It is similar and the size that would have worked for the table I was working on. I had to use my printer to enlarge my stencil to the right size. The anchor didn’t need to be large. The table top is roughly 20 inches square. Enlarged, the anchor is only about 10 inches at the widest point. I used my chalk line to get the middle of the table.
Tracing the picture on the table
The enlarged drawing of the anchor was placed in the middle . The next step was to transfer the drawing of the anchor to the table. I used the pencil on the back side method. This is where you scribble the back of the drawing with a pencil. Then I taped it to the table and traced all around the anchor.
Filling in the anchor
I painted the anchor with some red chalk paint I had on hand. It took 3 coats of paint. Then came the hard part for me because I am mathematically challenged. To give this plain little wood table some pizazz I painted black stripes on it. I used the delicate painters tape to make sure the lines were crisp. Once again I used my DIY chalk paint in black. Before doing that I took a bucket and placed it around the anchor as I didn’t want to paint the black around the anchor.
Before the black paint was completely dry I removed the painters tape. Some of the black paint seeped onto the white but I was able to touch it up. I guess I didn’t press down hard enough with a plastic card on the edges.
After the chalk painted table was completely dry, I lightly sanded it. The final step was to wax the now painted little wood table with clear wax.
Isn’t it amazing how a plain little wood table can get instant personality with paint? Anchors Aweigh Little Wood Table to your new home.