Monday, November 4, 2013

French Typography Table

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?
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  1. Stunning makeover! I feel your pain with the oopsies. Happens to me a lot when I'm doing transfers to wood. Sigh! Coming over from Between Naps on the Porch and a happy new follower. =)


    1. Thank you Jeanine welcome aboard! I am relieved to hear it isn't just me with the boo boo's!

  2. Shanee,
    What an amazing transformation!!!
    So~o~o sorry that you had a rocky start to your project. . .
    but the end result is so~o~o worth your efforts, dear one!
    I adore how the paint accents the original hardware on the drawer front!!!
    Thanks for sharing. . .and for letting us know
    that sometimes we must try, try again to achieve the desired design effect.
    I'm guessing these little gems won't last long at the Shop!!!
    Also, thanks for your sweet comment and visit today!!!

  3. Shanee, your tables turned out beautiful! I love the postage stamp graphic you choose and had a little chuckle over the transfer debacle (been there-done that). I find hand painting over the transfer works every time! I found you over at the Wow Us Wednesday Party - you're definitely a Must Follow.

  4. Thank you for the nice comment today after seeing me over at Miss Mustard Seed.
    You did such an great job on that little table its just daring. I love the look the wax gives. It looks like you found it in a French boutique:) That's piece is going to sell quick.

  5. I love that subtly distressed look you achieved by waxing! I really have to try that myself sometime in the future. Thank you for your nice comment, after seeing my project at Miss Mustard Seed! That is such a great encouragement for me as a very new blogger!


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