My dad recently brought me two of these tables. They are really cute little tables but they had a bit of water damage on their tops and they were oak....which is so not selling in my area.
Since starting Lottie and Molly, I am always trying new techniques and ideas to make my furniture stand out a little. Since these tables needed a little pizazz and I have been admiring furniture with transfers as of late and I am a huge fan of The Graphics Fairy now seemed like a good time to give it a try.
First I cleaned up the tables and base coated in a taupe color called Brushed Suede (it is a cheapo Glidden) that I have turned into chalk paint with my super secret chalk paint recipe that I love. Then the fun began. I first chose a postmark transfer and after a couple of prints (due to the fact that I could not seem to remember to flip the image) I had a transfer ready to go.
I decided to got with the design on the corner of my table since it was smallish.
I chose to transfer using the highly technical spray bottle method. The first attempt was a bust, as I wet the paper way too much. I wiped the boo boo away and adjusted the spray and tried again.
I then used a super professional Pampered Chef stoneware cleaning tool to press the transfer onto the table.
When I lifted the paper, I realized I used a little too much water. Thankfully I was able to dab it off, but, I realized this transfer just wasn't working for this table. Back to The Graphics Fairy website.
I won't bore you with tedious photos of the same techniques again. Here is my table after my new transfer choice was applied. It came out extremely light and I was afraid that once distressed and waxed with dark wax it would not show at all. I chose to hand paint over the transfer.
After completing the hand lettering (which by the way took only a few minutes) I lightly sanded to distress (which BTW is why I love my paint formula, the distressing is soooo easy).
I then waxed with natural wax then waxed again with lots of dark wax.
I absolutely love how they turned out. I so enjoy adding the dark wax and watching the magic happen! The transfer was just the little punch this piece needed to become special.
Wish I was keeping them, but these little beauties are heading to Lottie and Molly. Thanks for stopping by, please take a moment to leave a comment. I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday and Kim at Savvy Southern Style, won't you stop by?