Saturday, September 3, 2011

Beachy Entry Tables

I bought this table at a garage sale from a former antique dealer.  The table came in pieces with no screws or hardware to hold it together. The finish had natural cracks in it that I didn’t want to lose.  I cleaned off the dirt with a wet cloth so I had a clean starting point.
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I started with a Steel Blue color in Milk Paint.  For instructions on how to use Milk Paint go HERE. I wasn’t sure if just distressing it would give the look I wanted, so I decided to go a bit further.
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I mixed up a batch of white glaze and painted it on. The glaze brought out the natural cracks in the finish.
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Wipe down the glaze with a damp cloth.
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With a wood graining tool, I created a wood grain in the white glaze. I left all natural cracks in the wood, giving this piece a very natural weathered look.
I plan on posting a full tutorial next on how to use a wood graining tool.
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You can see the huge difference in looks below.
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The legs got the same wood graining treatment.146_0151a
As you can see, once the table was finished and put together, there’s only half here.
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… and another half here…
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Instead of using the table as a table, I put them to use in the entry way as two matching hall tables.
With a few sweaters, throws and towels in a basket and Mr. Charming’s boat shoes, we can now pretend we actually have a beach outside the back door!
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The wood graining tool has added a rustic charm to an otherwise plain table finish.
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Of course these tables could be used on their own in a hallway, family room or anywhere else you might not have room for a full round table.
But I liked them side by side.
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Stay tuned for a complete tutorial on using a Wood Graining Tool, coming up soon!
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35 comments:

  1. Love the color and the wood grain adds so much character!

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  2. They look wonderful. I would never have thought of using half as a table. Brilliant idea and beautiful for the entry. Hugs, Marty

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  3. This is amazing! LOVE the color...LOVE the wood grain...and ADORE the way you used them side by side! GENIUS!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  4. Lisa,
    Lovin' how these turned out and how you have displayed them.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  5. gorgeous! I love love love the paint treatment!

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  6. Get out! When I saw the pic of the 2 side by side my jaw dropped to the floor. They look so perfectly amazing like that!
    I really didn't think I would like the faux wood grain, but it came out marvelous. Can't wait to see your tutorial.
    This is truly a fantastic makeover.

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  7. Beautiful I love the look and love it against your walls. I could never be as crafty. I have a whole house in need of something. Only in my dreams could I make my home like yours.

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  8. I really like how that turned out ! Good job .

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  9. Fantastic look. I like the way you dressed these up. Really feeel like I am at the cottage or ocean.

    Good job. Can't wait for the tutorial.

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  10. Amazing! Amazing! You never disappoint you have so much talent and creativity. I love it :)

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  11. GORGEOUS! Nothin' like getting two tables out of one! :-D

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  12. They are perfect! The color, texture, just everything about them! I love it and I'm a Cali girl!

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  13. Wow, those turned out great!! I love the idea of using the table halves...this would work great in a narrow hallway or in a space where there's not enough room. Love it!

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  14. What a great idea!Love the colour. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  15. I freaking love it! The wood grain tool created such a natural wood grain. I'm impressed and can't wait for the tutorial!

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  16. It is a beautiful and functional piece that will grace any style. What a fabulous piece of furniture!

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  17. They turned out great! Love the color!

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  18. Love, love, love the color! Fantastic job! Found you via Domestically Speaking. Tootles, Kathryn http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/little-goodwill-finds.html

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  19. What a fab job you did with this table-love the 1/2 look and the color is cool! I'm your newest follower-stop by for a visit!

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  20. WOW! i am totally impressed! i absolutely love the look of the woodgraining in the white- these turned out so beautifully!

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  21. COOL! Beautiful finish, and fabulous idea to divide it. You rocked it!

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  22. You are so clever! I just love the colour you chose and the way you have styled the tables is just gorgeous. Great post!

    Best wishes and happy weekend,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me.

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  23. Hi, there! I featured your post here, pinned it on Pinterest, and posted on my facebook. Thanks for sharing this creative post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

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  24. Absolutely charming! I love it!

    & I'm a new follower, too! :)

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  25. Love the wood grain finish. Can't wait to see how you did it!

    Dana
    craftedniche.wordpress.com

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  26. Love the tables, but really love the candle holder! Did you make that too?

    Thanks,

    Laura

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  27. Lisa, I love the color and the added wood graining. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

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  28. You did a fabulous job with your makeover, Lisa! I love how you took it from bland to beachy and doubled your reward, by creating TWO tables. ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I would love to have you join me each week. Come by tonight to see yourself featured.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  29. I just love what you did to this table/tables.....and how clever to make two tables out of one. I am asuming you nailed/screwed the back to the wall....
    I love the color and style of application. It looks great.
    Hugs,
    Ellen

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  30. Wow- these turned out amazing. I love the color and finish!!! So pretty! Sharing this at the party this week~ Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  31. Beautiful transformation and I really like the woodgraining. Thanks for joining the Open House party this week.
    xo,
    Sherry

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