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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

My first DIY project.

I LOVE to paint. Most of my paintings are from Sip's n' Strokes, but, I still LOVE to paint. I had an old sewing table turned nightstand/turned entry table/turned junk table/turned nightstand. It was mint green and fabulous!(Sadly, I do not have a picture of it) I got it several several years ago at a local thrift store for $5.00. That's right. 5 BUCKS. One of my greatest purchases to date. Anyhow, my boyfriends house was more like a cave :-/  In my process of trying to make his house a home, I decided he needed new nightstands but I didn't want to spend tons of money on them. I was doing my usual Friday treasure hunting at the thrift store and I ran across this little gem...

That's right. ANOTHER old sewing table for 10 bucks. It was the same height as my other fabulous table. It was then I decided that since I had been so lucky in discovering this 2nd table, I would just refinish/paint/do something to both of them and use them as nightstands! Brilliant, I know. It took me forever to decide exactly what I wanted to do with them. I finally decided on painting/glazing. I went to Lowes and bought a light tan-ish paint color-I don't remember the name! (Sorry) So, I sanded both tables lightly and primed them with a white Zinsser primer, which just happens to be my new favorite primer =). But, the more I thought about the whole painting/glazing, the more nervous I got...not sure why, but the glaze terrified me. Haha. It's just glaze right? So, here they sat for almost a month...(Please excuse the mess. The garage has become my catch all area.)

After walking past them everyday for a month, I decided it was time dive right in! So I did. And let me tell you, once I started painting, I did not want to stop. I painted several other pieces as well. That's another post for another day. Anywhoooo, I painted them and let them dry. Then, I scuffed them up a bit with sandpaper.  I was going for antique/rustic/worn look. Then came the glaze!!! I got a bucket of water, an old rag, and a cheap bristley brush. I used Valspar Antiquing Glaze. I highly recommend it!

Since I really had no idea what I was doing, i just went with it. I brushed lots of glaze on, and wiped it off with my wet rag. I left lots of glazes in the corners and on the areas that I had sanded. I let them dry and went back over the places that I wanted to be darker or that I wanted to stand out more. It took me a few hours to perfect my look, but in the end I was super happy with them and so proud of myself!!

Happy Wednesday!


Healing Morning said...

I found you! And I love you blog - DIY projects are such fun. I live in an apartment townhouse and don't really have the proper space to do large projects, but I can do smaller pieces like this one you spotlighted. This time of year, I get that artsy-crafty urge, so I may do some "junking" in the coming weeks. You've inspired me!

- Dawn

Lisa Fliehman said...

Yes paint is fabulous. We painted a few tables in our living room. Believe it or not we just spray painted them. And they turned out awesome.
I'm following you back! Have fun with your DIY projects.

Cynthia said...

Looks great! There has been a similar table sitting at my Salvation Army for about a month. It's only 5.00, too. I guess no one in town has the same vision as you! They don't know what they're missing!

Cassie Bustamante said...

it looks so cute! i have not used that glaze but will have to try it!