DIY SUNDAY: New Kitchen Table

This will be more of a show and tell kind of blog.  I’ll show you why I’m too tired to tell you about it.

I have this amazingly talented coworker who can paint your socks off, or on, she could probably paint socks on you as well.  Her sister is talented, her grandma is talented, everyone in that family is talented.  We are talking the kind of talented that makes you hope and pray that they don’t want to break out a game of hangman, because you know your stick figure is going to embarrass himself in front of their stick figures.

The idea to paint objects on furniture comes from Emmy and her family.  They magically make furniture look like a gallery display.  I was envious.  I was a little crazy.  I was a bit brave.

I decided I wanted to try this myself.

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 For years, I’ve had this piece of paper hanging on my fridge.  In 2001, I was at a family friend’s house in Florida and she had a table that was painted with quotes around the edges.  I really liked the table, but couldn’t figure out how I would get it out of her house and on to a plane with no one noticing.  All I had was a memory.

I want to reemphasize that I have no artistic talents.  Out of my group of siblings, Oktoberfresh is where it’s at when it comes to talent.  Check my sister’s page out and you’ll know why I was afraid I was going to put myself to a horrible shame this weekend.

Hello Farmhouse Table!

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I had been scrolling through our local Trash and Treasures Facebook page looking desperately for a table to either make into a miracle or mess up horribly.  Everything I found was thought by its owner to be an antique and they priced them as such.  Finally, in an act of desperation I posted that I was looking for a dining room table for a DIY project. In no time, a woman named Nancy responded.  She had a farmhouse table she’d sell me for twenty-five dollars.  I near about fainted on the spot!

Days later, I was in her garage pulling out cash.  “You said you wanted twenty-five dollars?”

“Do you think it’s even worth that?”

I could have hugged her.  I wish I had an extra five dollars on me to give her.  This table would be perfect!

Back home on the ranch…

Sunday came quickly.  Holidays always throw me off and this one made my schedule particularly wacky with an upcoming AAHA inspection and the threats of Hurricane Arthur.  There wasn’t a lot of time to create a masterpiece (or even a childish painting, the likely product of this mission).

SAND HER AND PRIME HER UP…

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I’m a cheap-ass and I will admit it any day of the week.  Why buy something brand new when you can make something you have laying around the house work just as well.  The beau hooked me up with his power sander and some 150 grit sandpaper.  After sanding, I used some old paint I’d been hanging on to for touch ups.  A few years ago I painted the spare bedroom a light sky blue.  When buying the paint, I chose the sort that has built-in primer because the previous tenants of my house had painted that room an obnoxious and haunting shade of purple.  It never wanted to go away.  How convenient for me!  I needed primer and I needed to paint the sky.  TADA!  A miracle has occurred!

JUST GET JIGGY WITH IT….

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I am going to make a confession.  I have never really tried to paint anything.  The last thing I remember painting was one of those spiffy coloring books where you get your brush wet and just rub it on the picture in the coloring book and it turned all the right colors for you.  It was probably called “Painting For Your Talentless Child”.  I did what anyone else would do.  I YouTube’d it.  From what I understood that with my base coat, I should keep dipping my brush in the main color and occasionally in another color … plus dip it in a jar of water on and off.  Then, get jiggy with it … and that’s what I did.  I splished and splashed and danced like a mad person.

As I was stepping back to admire my base coat, the beau pulled up.  I looked at our dog and said, “Cody, this is when your father is going to laugh at me.”  He didn’t, but when I asked him what he thought he said, “You know, I can’t see the vision in your head.  I won’t really know until you are finished what it’s supposed to look like.”  Mmmm.. that seemed suspiciously like, “What in the hell has she done?”

GROWING THE GRASS…

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Oh, I’m sure my neighbors could tell that I was doing something with grass out in my front yard.  They were probably certain I was smoking it.

As the video demonstrated, I started off with the large blades of grass first… which looked completely ridiculous.  So ridiculous all by itself that I didn’t even bother taking a picture of that because I was sure I was going to sand this baby back down and paint the whole thing black.  Then I started working on the  blended grass and it really anchored things down.  I took a deep breath to reassure myself and moved on.

POPPIES WILL MAKE THEM SLEEPY…

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Following the video guidelines, I painted my poppies before the stems.  I tried doing the yellow highlights in the flowers, but I got a bit heavy-handed.  I went back over them with some red and it seemed to balance it out.  I proceeded from that and did the stems and black centers.

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Let The Taping Begin…

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Painting The Black Borders…

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The finished product…

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