Now this table is a Beachy Blue Table With A Surprise On Top. Karen, the friend who got me involved in all this, started painting this table but turned it over to me to finish up.
I know she also makes her own chalk paint but I don’t know what formula she uses. She must have started out with a base coat of white and then layered on her favorite DIY Beachy Blue chalk paint. That is when is it became my turn to finish the table up.
I lightly sanded the table using a 220 grit sandpaper. I just wanted to smooth the rough edges before giving it the final coat of paint. Rummaging through my paint colors, it was a toss-up between a dark aqua or an aqua close to what Karen used. I went with the color close to the one already on the table.
I mixed up my favorite DIY Chalk Paint recipe of 1 part Plaster of Paris mixed with warm water to a pancake like consistency and then three parts paint. My suggestion is to judge on the lesser side as the Plaster of Paris can harden and cause little bits of Plaster of Paris to end up on your piece. You certainly don’t want that. It is better to mix up more as you need it.
Another thing I like to do is to walk away from my projects to let the paint cure for a day or two. This piece called for a more distressed look then I have been doing lately. I got out my orbital sander with a 60 grit sandpaper and started distressing. Then colors started showing through and the table started taking on a Beachy Blue look that had seen better days. But still has a lot of good years left. Once the paint cured, I gave it two coats of clear wax and buffed between applications. I wasn’t able to go to my next step for several days but every time I walked by the table when I headed to my car I buffed it.
Now, this style table must be in every thrift store I have ever visited. I decided to make this Beachy Blue Table have a surprise. It became a Beachy Blue Rustic table. I added chicken wire to the bottom of the top. I got out the compressor, hooked up the stapler and stapled the living daylights out of the chicken wire. A side note, I love this compressor. It makes upholstery and wood projects so much easier and more professional looking. Just my two cents. Then it was time to clean the glass and put it back on the table.
I have to tell you; I LOVE IT! I will probably do the same thing to another table I have that is very similar. What do you think about the Beachy Blue Table with a Surprise on Top?
The picture on the table is from DK Photography.
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