Needing a break from my many paintings in progress and an extremely busy schedule lately, I had a sudden impulse on Saturday to make something new. I recently read a "DIY" (Do It Yourself) decorating blog where they had made something out of all of those extra "paint sample chips" that had been accumulating over the years. I have an old rod iron table that I left out in the sun and rain for a long time next to my BBQ. It had a good frame on it, but was black and getting ugly and worn. The wood on the two shelves were getting cracked and even a bit warped, but I decided it be the victim for my Saturday afternoon makeover project. (Which actually ran into Sunday and Monday morning a little too.)
I am sorry to say that I got so into the project that I completely forgot to take photos of it before, but trust me...it was "ugly."
Then I went outside and spray painted the rod iron frame of my table with gloss enamel from Home Depot.
|The frame of the table - finished|
|Shelf painted in blue to match iron frame|
Then I laid out all of my supplies and decided where each square of color would be placed on the top shelf of my table. I spray glued each square "paint chip" one by one and positioned it on my table top. I left just a small space between each "paint chip" to give it a little bit of a mosaic look.
|Supplies I used|
The gel medium applied here, but will dry clear
Once dry, I coated the top with 2 coats of Liquitex acrylic matte medium, then two coats of Golden Extra Heavy Gel Gloss. These are the supplies I had on hand, so I used them. The idea I saw on the "Addicted to Decorating" blog post used something called Modge Podge, which I didn't have. So I just used what I already had in my art studio, but be sure and let each layer dry completely in between layers.
|I then stained the top|
I hand rubbed in a wash of "raw umber" acrylic over the top of my table to create a little distressed and antique look. Once dry, I varnished it with a satin varnish. Then I placed my shelves into the table frame and now it is "Finished!"
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My inspiration for this project came from:
And her post idea came from "Hope Studios"