I had a small, mahogany coloured table made out of chipboard, which was damaged in a few places, so it could not be sold. However, it was so cute, I decided to paint it and put it outside on our balcony, next to my French vintage daybed. It is perfect to place drinks and magazines on, whilst enjoying the sun and the views.
I had a sage, vintage paint pot from ‘The London Vintage Paint Company’. I thought that sage would be a great colour for this table makeover.
I painted it with two coats and once dry.To finish the table, I sanded some of the edges and slightly distressed some areas.Because the table was going outside, I sealed it with a coat of clear wax and then some dark grey, to further age and distress it.
I currently have the ‘stencil bug’. I must admit though, I was never really a stencil person until I tried out the decal stencil process. Now, I am hooked and stencils look great and convert a normal, everyday object into something quite striking (as long as you don’t go over-the-top). You can read more about my stencil projects soon. I enjoy doing them so much, I am running a new workshop to inspire others. So, back to my table where I could not resist a little stencilling and used two types of french vintage typography.
After preparing the decal stencil I cut around the letting as close as possible. The stencil is then placed in the position with pencil markers.
The stencil is then soaked in water for a few minutes and placed in position on the table.
This next image shows the second section ready in place with the backing being removed.
Finished transfer in place. When the area is dry it is ready to be sealed with a clear varnish to protect.
I also still have so much paint left from this little sample pot, I need some more projects to use it on; perhaps a nice pot or an ornate picture frame. I shall keep you posted.