I’ve had this little side table for over a year. I love its design, but the veneer on top was badly damaged and the legs a little wobbly. It was lost in a corner of our dining room with no particular function, except to display our exuberant Christmas Tree.
My plan has always been to refinish it to sell but I couldn’t decide on what color and style I wanted for it. The dark wood was not bringing up the beautiful details of the crisscross sides and lines on the legs.
Finally I brought it down to my garage and set myself a deadline to tackle it.
Lately I’ve been obsessed with the white and blue pattern I see on tiles, fabric and pottery everywhere I look . They are at the same time trendy and timeless because they look beautiful in any decor, be it traditional or modern, minimalist or bohemian.
I decided my little table would be inspired by that beautiful pattern.
My first challenge was to remove the veneer on top, which was beyond repair. I thought that would be an easy twenty-minute task, but in fact, it was excruciating work and it took a lot of time, muscles and online research until I finally won the battle against it.
Lucky you, because I ended up making this video showing what finally did the trick. Now you don’t have to go through the same torture I did when you have to remove veneer from an old piece. You are welcome.
And here is how I painted the table. This post contais a few affiliate links*.
1- After I removed the veneer and sanded the top down with an orbital sander, I cleaned the entire piece with soapy water, then a mixture of water and vinegar.
2- I primed it with Rust-Oleum primer spray, white, because I seriously suspected this dark wood be a bleeder.
4 – Then came the fun part. To make the pattern, I plucked some pretty-shaped leaves from my backyard in different sizes and positioned them on the table top forming the ivy design I was going for.
5 – Next I brushed the back of each leaf with Country Chic Paint Midnight Blue and placed the leaf back on the table top, being careful to maintain the original design. After finishing the two tops, I turned the table sideways to work on the leaves around the leg.
6 – I let all the blue paint dry for about 30 minutes then carefully removed the leaves.
Watch the process on this video I posted on my Instagram.
A few more pictures for you. Let me know what you think!
Thanks for reading!
(This table is for sale on my Etsy Shop )
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