Hi everyone!! Hope you all had a good weekend. My weekend included going to a quilt sale (sort of like an auction but includes livestock, furniture, plants and of course quilts. yes I live in Amish country – but I am not Amish for those of you inquiring haha) Anyway, I scored a few great pieces of furniture for about $1.00 each. (I am going to make you wait to see them). As for today, I will show you how I re-purposed a side table I bought at an estate sale for $5.00 into a lovely nautical inspired side table.
This is a solid wood leather top table and as you can see it has a stain on the top that I could NOT get off.
So, I had to come up with a creative way to cover it. I had a sample of Annie Sloan paint in Aubusson blue sitting around, so I decided to paint the wood part of the table with that. Then I stared at it for an unspeakably long time thinking of what I could do to the top. Then smoke came out of my ears and I decided that blue paint=nautical and so I ran with that idea.
I first started off by making a nice circle in the center of the top of my table. I used a ceramic baking dish to do this. I didn’t have one of those tools that makes a perfect circle so this is what I had to do and it worked- don’t laugh!
I painted the circle country grey (Annie Sloan chalk paint). For the compass, I used a tutorial from Mandi at Vintage Revivals.com. She was kind enough to allow me to use her tutorial for this post which can be seen here. Thanks Mandi!! Since her compass was huge, I just used it as a guide and made my measurements smaller to fit on my table top.
I painted my darker areas Aubusson blue (the same as the rest of the table) and then I painted the other part white to really make it stand out.
I then added some country grey sparingly over the top of the Aubusson Blue on the rest of the wood parts of the table. (not on the compass.) I then sanded the country grey a little to let more of the blue and the original wood show through and then put a coat of clear wax (Annie Sloan) over the whole table including the top. (NOTE: There is some debate whether to sand before or after you put the wax on. For this project I sanded before- personal preference). I then put a sloppy coat of dark Annie Sloan wax over the clear coat to give it a rustic look. I also included the dark wax lightly on the top of the table.
This was my first time using Annie Sloan paint and wax and have to say I LOVE IT!!!! What a difference it made on this table. (Of course my outstanding talent helped make it look good too 🙂 I also want to thank Mandi for the great compass tutorial.
I also have to say these pictures don’t do this table justice. It just looks so amazing in person.