The other day I mentioned my friend and I went to the store for lotto tickets and I saw a table. Now there was no way I was going to leave the table behind. And I have a very small car so I am so ashamed to say the thought crossed my mind I could leave Marsha at the store, run home with the table and then go back for her. I quickly shoved that thought out of my mind. Between the 2 of us, we got the table in the car. Getting it out was a whole other story. It was to the point I thought I would have to saw it apart. Fortunately,, my next door neighbor came home and said turn it like this and do that and the table came out of the car. I have no concept of space. But I can DIY a curbside table to the next level!
When I was trying to figure out how to get the table out of the car I was able to remove the leaf. It was missing its other leaf but you can see what I did with the table leaf here.
Because the table no longer had the leaves I used wood glue on the pieces that slide out to hold up the leaf. It kind of looks like a little decoration. At least that is what I tell myself. It gives it a little interest.
The finish on the top got sanded down to the wood. The legs and sides got sanded down to rough it up to take the paint. I know with chalk paints and additives like I use state the item doesn’t need to be sanded. But I still like to do the prep work and not take a chance.
I really didn’t have a plan on how I wanted to paint it. A gray with lavender undertones was mixed up because I had lavender knob with a design in gray. The table along with the inside of the drawer was painted.
The next coat of paint is where I sort of ran into trouble. Actually, I felt like Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. I wanted to paint the next coat of paint in white. I mixed it and it was so thick. It had to be thinned down.
So I thought I should try a different paint and used the white that was left over from the table with the pallet top. It was too thin, after all, it had to go through the paint sprayer.
Finally, I mixed up a batch that was just right and finished painting the table white. I stepped back and thought I don’t like it, it is missing something.
It got a light sanding and the gray peeked through but not an in your face way. That was my inspiration!
I decided to use the gray that is the first layer of paint and do a color wash on the table top. Just dip the paintbrush in water and then the paint. Dab the excess off on a paper towel and drag the brush tips across the surface. The steps were repeated until the table top was complete. A coat of wax buffed to a nice sheen and the table reached its potential.
What a difference it made. I realized I am more drawn to cream instead of white. But that is just me. But I can DIY a curbside table to the next level! Now let’s hope I can get the table in and out of the car when it is time to take it to the booth.
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Table with drawer Paint
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