Aug 2, 2012

The little French table

I have had this idea in the back of my mind for quite sometime ~ after seeing several similar projects on blogs and Pinterest.  I had the perfect coffee table for this project at the shop and brought it home.  There is sat in my dining room for weeks as I pondered, planned and walked around it sighing...until I finally got the inspiration and the fire under my *** to get started.  It took me two days to finish this project, but I love the way it turned out.


Here is the before picture of the table.  The straight lines and sturdy construction made for a perfect base for the project.



I found the image I wanted from  and uploaded it to  to print it out larger for the table.  After taping the image together, it was time to get started!!



I began with giving the table two coats of ASCP in Paris Grey.  A fitting color for my little French table!


After letting the paint dry good and sanding it with 2,000 grit sandpaper,  I prepared to transfer the image.  There are several different ways to this, but I chose to do the ole' rub the back with a graphite pencil.  After I completed that, I place the image in the position I wanted and taped it down.  Next, I took a ballpoint pen and traced the image onto the table.



The image came out fairly light, but it worked well enough.  To fill in the letters, I used a sharpie PAINT pen.  I have yet to master the artist paint brush and with the arthritis settling into my hands, the chunky size felt much better in my fingers.



Once I completed it, I lightly sanded with a 180 grit sandpaper to give it an aged look.  I should have sanded it a bit more, because once I applied the wax, the image turned out darker than I really had wanted....but I still like it!




Here she is ~ all painted, waxed and ready to go!  She'll be at the new location in early September!




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