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Happy Friday Everyone. I’m so excited to show you this awesome project I’ve been working on for the past several weeks. I recently entered the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest #FFFC, where bloggers give a piece of furniture a new life.
The theme for the month of January is ‘A Fresh Start’. Thank you so much to the fabulous hosts of this amazing contest:
For my project, I found this awesome round dining table on my local virtual garage sale website for only $20.00; a great deal since it’s solid wood. It was screaming out for A Fresh Start… so I was like “yeah…. totes bra! I can give you a fresh start!” I’ve had this idea rolling around in my head for a long time of doing a Clock Table, and since my home is the gathering place for all family celebrations, brunches and holiday dinners, I also wanted to add some extra places for guests to eat and gather.
I started off with using a gel stain on the pedestal section of the table, which kept the warm wood look, but brought it into the 21st century (no offence 1990’s…. your style was boss back then).
Next comes the fun part 🙂 For my table top, I chose to use General Finishes Chalk Paint in Chapin Gray. I chose this colour, as it jives with my cream and gray colour scheme in my living room, and I’ve always wanted to try using a chalk paint. The “no sanding required” aspect is pretty awesome!
Here is the table top after its final coat of General Finishes paint in Chapin Gray. I seriously LOVED using this paint. It went on smooth and silky without any sanding, and dried very fast. It’s matte sheen was also perfect for the look I was trying to achieve.
My next step was adding stripes. I added a drop (literally a drop) of black craft paint to a small bowl of the Chapin Gray chalk paint, and mixed it all together. The warm gray tone that resulted was bang on for my stripes. I taped my stripes using frog tape and did several coats of the darker gray in an alternating pattern.
For my clock numbers, I wanted them to be unique and random. I went to PicMonkey and selected twelve different fonts and inverted them. I don’t have a laser printer, so I just used regular paper on my regular old ink jet printer.
I didn’t want the numbers to be bold. I wanted a very subtle whisper of a number; something that looked old and faded over time. I put all the numbers in place and used water to wet the back of the paper and let it sit for about 15 min. This idea came to me from seeing what happens when my kids leave paper on a surface, and then spill something and then just leave it…. Anyone else have this happen? Lol.
If so, then you know that when you peel the paper away (to try to clean it up), the ink from the paper will transfer to the table. Hurray for messy kids giving me DIY ideas 😉
Once everything had dried fully, I distressed the edges of the table with some sandpaper. My first attempt at distressing was sort of distressing… Nah, it was okay. It just took a couple passes and steps back to ensure that it was being distressed in the right places.
I made the clock hands using paint stirring sticks and I stained them the same colour as the pedestal to help tie it all together. I figured the kids would like to play with the clock hands and maybe even learn to tell time. They aren’t attached to the table, so they can be easily removed if necessary.
The new table works perfectly in our living room in front of our damask settee, and will definitely come in handy the next time we host a large dinner.
When not in use for large dinners, this baby can stay in a corner of the living room and act as a wonderful accent piece.
Well, except me, I suppose. I put that table in a corner Patrick Swayze. Lol!!!!!!!
I’d like to thank the spectacular hosts of this month’s challenge and say how wonderful all the participant’s projects have turned out so far. I’m honestly in awe 🙂 Any bloggers interested in joining the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest can email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about how to participate in an upcoming contest.
See you soon everyone,
Shared at the Furniture Fix link party.