Well not exactly 1,2,3…see what happened is I purchased two little cube tables from Walmart. I think they were $15 for the set. I thought I needed them when I saw them but then after I got them I never really used them. This project involves using the two of them as a base for a bigger table.
I purchased a piece of 2’x4′ chipboard. I could have purchased a hardwood board but I decided against it. After I painted it I decided I wanted real wood, in case it got wet, so I went back and purchased a sheet of 2×4 laun (which turned out to be smaller) and glued it on top. The end result? I wound up saving only a dollar or two and making more work for myself. I should have gotten the wood in the beginning. I don’t know what I was thinking…it must be the fever!
I changed my mind so many times on the design that it was giving me a headache. I was going to use this design but then I changed my mind since it is clearly a wedding design.
then flowers, but could not decide on any that meant something I liked and this went on for a couple of days. Finally, in frustration, I decided to use the pattern from my bedspread.
Genius right? Next decision to make was on color. I had already primed the table and put two coats of Valspar Coral Sand then I changed my mind on my colors so I wrote Valspar and asked their advice on what matches well with this Cherry Mocha I have painted on my walls. They did not write me back right away so I picked my own colors; then of course, Valspar wrote me back and gave me some colors that I liked, so I decided to roll with their pallet.
I took photos of my comforter
and created JPG files that I transferred into the Silhouette design studio to use on two pieces of 12″ x 48″ pieces of contact paper. I wanted this piece to be the bottom border
I made this one really large to put a quarter slice of it in the top two corners.
I decided to cut the contact paper the full width of the Cameo instead of the usual 12″ to prevent it from sliding on the cameo. I can’t waste any more vinyl. If you don’t have a silhouette but are thinking of getting one, just know ahead of time you will waste a lot of vinyl while you are learning to use it and nothing hurts worse than to waste $20 worth of good vinyl on mistakes that have to be trashed. That’s why I am using contact paper. I wasted a lot of vinyl on this project. One time I forgot to turn off the setting for not having the mat and then I had to re-cut because it cut clear through the backing as well. I can’t even recount how many times I messed up and had to trash my work. It was getting frustrating.
Meanwhile, I glued the laun on top of the chipboard and I could not find my clamps anywhere. Argggh…this makes me CLEARLY see the real value in having a dedicated workshop where everything is in one space. I rigged it with masking tape by wrapping it around the table tightly to hold the top on and then put the heaviest things I could find on it to weigh it down. I let the boards stay weighted until the glue was dry. (24 hours)
I filled in the edges with wood glue before I went to work and sanded it down, along with taking the sharp edge off the corners when I came home. I primed it AGAIN and painted it, this time with Jekyll Club Cherokee Tan.
I only put one thin coat on. I did not want it thick because I wanted a little of the primer to show through in streaks. I thought that would be my extent of antiquing. My primer is blueish gray. I don’t have a photo. Sorry.
When everything dried I started transferring my design. It was hard, and now I am realizing it is because of the thinness of the vinyl. I need a little thicker vinyl because I think Contact paper is a tad bit too thin and it is stretching and pissing me off. I decided against the border. That would take me a year to transfer. So I pieced together the round design and salvaged pieces from my mess-ups and threw it all on that baby and said a hail Mary.
I actually liked the way it looked like this and wished I could put some poly on it and be done but I had a lot of lifts in the vinyl so I had to continue with the original plan of making this a reverse stencil
I put a clear coat of poly on top. They say it helps with the bleeding. I used a razor to cut the lifts to try and make them lay down better, and then put on a coat of Valspar Antique Burgundy, one of the colors suggested by my Valspar Color Consultant…
and I started freaking out. This is GRAPE.
but as I am sitting here typing I look up at it and can see the wall with the table together… I like it. LOL panic over…that’s why I can’t pick out my own colors, cause I don’t know jack about it. I took a nap while I waited for coat one to dry. There are so many coats of paint on this table that it is going to take at least a week to cure.
While the second coat was wet I started taking off my vinyl. Reveal time. I was shaking and praying. As I feared I had not only some bleed through but also some of the paint came up revealing the primer. I think it was because there were so many layers of uncured paint so I guess I am not surprised, although I am disappointed. Lesson learned…let each coat of paint dry 24 hours before proceeding to the next coat.
I left it to dry. here is the base with the vinyl on it and the top coat with the stencil removed, thus a reverse stencil
As the table dried it got darker and I was really starting to dig it… and the Jekyll Club Cherokee Tan started turning a greenish tan and it was looking good!! I sanded down the paint where it was thick (from bleeding under the vinyl) and I used a small paint brush to color over the sanded parts and anywhere that needed it. No muck ups were left.
I put a coat of poly on it and it looks pretty good. I love the color combo as well!! Thank you to my color consultant for the help in picking out the Antique Burgundy!!
Even though I was winging it on the design I think it came out better than what I originally planned.
I was not liking the edge at all. I thought I could sand the edges smooth but because it is chipboard I could not get it perfectly smooth (another reason I should have just gotten the oak board!!). The finished product will be in part two…
What I have left to do in the bedroom:
- Part two of this table
- The vanity
- Painting the dresser and end tables
What room in your house are you working on first in 2015?