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 Plaster of Paris mixed with warm water to a pancake like consistency and then three parts paint. I have painted so long that I can judge the amount of paint I need to mix up but 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 Minwax 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 so 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?
Their Place In The Sun, How To Make A Brown Frame Shine
How to make a brown frame shine and give it a place in the sun. The old boring, brown wooden or wooden look frames had their place in the sun back in the day, now it is time to make them shine.
The brown frames look old and worn and they don’t fit our décor style. While you are painting something using white paint just give the boring, brown frame a coat or two of the white paint. You will be amazed at how the brown frame will shine and take on a new life.
And don’t forget there are so many shades of white. Have you noticed the blue, yellow or red tints in the various whites at the paint store?
I can’t say for sure never having worked with the popular ready made chalk paints but I bet each brand has their own formula mixture for white. But I think that is what makes it interesting to have all of the white frames painted in the different shades of white. Then put them in a grouping.
What started me thinking about it is when I painted the frames t on the vintage pictures white, using my DIY chalk paint. I couldn’t believe how clean and updated they looked. After painting the frames I distressed and finished up by waxing .
Then I started looking through my stash and decided to try painting other old brown frames. This one is living on the end table in my great room. It gives the table interest and is visually pleasing now that it isn’t the brown wood.
As a challenge to myself I started painting and updating old brown frames to make them shine. Actually one was a bulletin board framed in red but it still needed a make over. I took printed burlap and recovered the bulletin board. What a difference.
Another brown frame became a little message board or jewerly holder. I painted it white, lightly distressed and waxed and then stapled chicken wire in the opening. I also clipped small clothes pins on it to jazz it up.
Are you up to the challenge? Besides updating the brown frames and making them shine, they can be cute little gifts for just about anyone.