I hope you had a fantastic weekend doing a bit of whatever you love! We were neck deep in projects around Stone House Lane. The Husband used his super powers and finished the flooring in the basement! I’ll show you soon! And I sewed for two days straight which I haven’t gotten to do in such a long time because my project room was missing a work table.
When we moved I used my cute pink “cutting/work” table out on the screen porch so we’d have a place to eat out there!
But last week I solved my super big problem! I remembered an old desk that would be perfect for a cutting table-
the only issue was the color…it was black. My project room is light and airy sooooo…
I had to paint it. (Seriously, you aren’t surprised are you?)
When you paint as much as I do, simply painting a couple of coats of white on a black table is boring, so you dream up crazy ways to paint things. A while back, I painted a trunk using a “white-washing paint technique”. (posted HERE)
The beachy-shabby-chic ( I’ve no idea what to call it!) technique I used on my work table, is similar to the white washing technique.
Here’s the 411:
I went to my paint-room and choose *3 Behr Ultra Paint with Primer colors. You’ll need a light color for a base color and 2-4 other colors you’d like to show throug..(I used Behr Paint colors: Hushed White as my base color, Dolphin Fin and Rhino), *sand paper,* small foam roller, *paint brushes…then:
Then using your base coat:
Then the fun part!
(I decided I wanted to add a bit of pink so in addition to my Behr Ultra Paint colors, so I used a soft pink craft paint in my freehand step! Once I opened my craft paint drawer I went slightly nuts. In all I think I used 5 or 6 colors but that’s just excessive people. You don’t have to use that many!)
Now, back to your base color…
The more you cover the freehand paint, the less it will show through in the end. You decide. I did 2 light coats and had just a hint of color showing through in the end…next time I might want more color…
If you have an electric sander…this is the time to go fetch it. My arm, shoulder, hand and neck are killing me after all the sanding…somebody tell The Husband I need a sander 🙂
The Polycrylic topcoat is optional…
You don’t have to do this step if you don’t mind the top of your surface showing a bit of wear and tear. I mean we just sanded this thing half to death so I presume you like the wear and tear look 🙂
I love love love this table and it didn’t cost a dime! And it just one more way to use my Behr Ultra Paint with Primer!
Hopefully I’ll finish my project-room soonish, but just in case you weren’t hanging out with me a few years ago when I finished the project-room in the old house here’s a couple of pics!(You can see all the pics HERE)
Have a day full of creativity my friends!