Sunday, April 27, 2014

Twisted Leg Tables

This is the what these twisted leg tables originally looked like. Got them at a garage sale last year for $6 for the pair.
I painted them with homemade chalk paint that was a mix of a bunch of colors that turned out to be a blue/grey. I sanded the veneer on the tops and stained them with coconut oil.
The above photo is the first after. I sent them to the consignment store where they sat for two months. Now once a piece is done, even if I am not 100% happy with the results, I am my own worst critic and I know eventually someone out there will like what I did, so I don't repaint anything.

But I just started doing the Mod Podge image transfer technique and wanted to keep practicing it. These two tables had a blank slate for the tops and so I decided to take them back to add a graphic.

I saw on Amy's Casablanca, that she found the site Wikimedia Commons that has tons of images to use and I picked out two old maps of Europe. (And by picking out two old maps, I mean I spent at least two hours searching for the perfect graphics, in the perfect size, that went with the look of the tables and could appeal to a broad customer base)

I reversed them and sized them for my table tops in Power Point.  I then emailed the file to Staples and had them print them on 18x24 engineer prints for $1.79 each.
First I painted the tops with two coats of white paint. After it was dry, I brushed Mod Podge all over the image and then applied it to the table top. I smoothed out the air bubbles as best I could and let it sit overnight.
The next day I wet the paper and rubbed the top layer off to reveal the map. You can see it pulled the map off completely in some areas and also pulled up the paint.  I was totally okay with this as it is supposed to be distressed and old looking.
Once I was satisfied with how much of the top layer of paper came off I applied Martha Stewart Metallic glaze in Black Coffee right on top of the paper. After it was dry I sanded the whole top concentrating on the edges to distress it even more.  I used Minwax Finishing Paste to seal it.

I have to admit I am on the fence with how they came out. I think the paper soaked up too much of the glaze and is a bit dark. It definitely needed the glaze because it looked worse without it, but maybe I should have waxed first and then added the glaze so I could have had more control of how dark it got. I also think I should have not painted the tops white, so where ever the paper completely came off, you could have seen the wood instead of white. 

Coulda, shoulda, woulda, they sold within a few weeks so I must have done something right!

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  1. Thanks for the link to the maps :)

  2. Of course I loved the distressed look of the table tops. Thanks for the link to old map images. I will try to send them to Staples, but I better ask my Staples if they have that service - seems very reasonably priced.

  3. WOw how cool is that thanks for great links and for sharing these great tables!

  4. Cool!Great renavation!!!I like so much the top with a map- awesome!!!!

  5. Looks great, love those twist legs! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  6. These look great...I've always wanted to make my own chalk paint!
    And the map tops are very cool!

  7. I think these turned out great! I will have to try that method of transfer for sure!

  8. Another fabulous project from you!

  9. I think the tops with the maps made them very special. Thanks for sharing at TTF!


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  11. Love these tables, the end result is such a great transformation!

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