Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Paris Gray Pedestal Side Table

I picked up this small, vintage side table at a yard sale a while ago.  It was an orange-brown color when I found it with a small hole drilled in the center. I really like the turned pedestal base on this petite table.

After filling the hole with wood filler, I gave it two coats of Paris Gray Chalk Paint.  Yes, I am still loving the Chalk Paint!  I already need to order more Old White and Country Gray.  I guess I will be using the Paris Gray and Duck Egg Blue a lot until I get enough money for a new order.

After painting the table, I realized that it looked too plain and it needed something to dress it up.  I found an image on the internet, printed it and resized it with my copier. I used tracing paper to trace the design on top of the table and then filled in the traced design with a white paint pen.  I really love using the tracing paper and the paint pens.  They make it so easy! 

 I used a stylus pen to trace the design through the tracing paper.  For those of you that don't know, I stylus pen is an instrument with a metal tip that has a tiny metal ball on the end.  I went to the art supply store to find one and the man working there told me they did not carry them and he snidely remarked,  "Who uses those anymore?!".  Well, I looked around and happened to find them down one of the aisles.  I saw him when I was checking out and I held it up and said, "look what I found"!  He was not amused, did not say a word, and walked away.  I was just trying to help him learn about his inventory. What is up with customer service these days!?

I lightly distressed the whole thing including the design and finished the table with a coat of clear wax.  


Emily said...

LOVE how this turned out! Super cute!

GoldenValley50 said...

I love the sound of those white paint pens. Will have to see if I can source some over here. I remember using a stylus pen a few years ago when I was doing Folk Art - these days I just use an old ball point that has run out of ink!
Your little table is gorgeous. I have been having so much fun reading through your previous posts. Truly inspirational! ;)Sharyne

Deborah said...

This is beautiful Amanda!
The Paris Grey is very nice..Ive been considering that colour too!
The stencilled top gives it a nice touch.
Awwww you were just trying to be helpful at that store and he didnt even appreciate it :(
Well sending you hugs sweet friend, and I just love all your projects!!
Im just waiting on the wax brushes to finish up my order for the chalk paint :)

Deborah xoxo

Deborah said...

Ooops..I forgot to tell you..I adore your new header!!!

Deborah xoxo

Howsewears said...

I LOVE this. Don't you just adore refurbing furniture? It's becoming an addiction for me, but I have to start selling my stuff so I can make some money and buy more!
Fondly, Tami

Passionate for White said...

You did a fabulous job with the table and a big fat raspberry to the not-so-knowing store clerk :)

Karen said...

Just stumbled here and love your stuff and also your very simple and down to earth way of explaining things. Really easy to follow along and you make it feel like "anyone can do this"! I must ask-wherever do you find all these cool stencils? Never been much of a fan of stencils but you make them look great. Thanks for all the inspiration !!

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

Amanda, I love this little table - so cute! I'm going to try making some stencils and using some of these types of embellishments on some of my projects - you inspire me so much! Have a great day. Hugs, ~Leena~

vasty said...

ton blog est superbe, j'adore, il y a beaucoup de très jolies idées.
bonne journée

Suzanne@thriftstoredecorjunky said...

I love this look. You turned an ordinary little table into a accent piece..

Fiona, Lilyfield Life said...

hi Amanda - this is great. love it. can you do a post showing the stylus and how you use the tracing paper?

Mona Kay Gorman said...

SOOO very pretty, and I did not know about paint pens until now, so thank you!! I always wanted to paint graphics, but my free-hand stinks ;)

College Essays said...

Wow, so much creative talent. I love it! It’s all so inspiring!

Anonymous said...

You've done a lovely job with this table Amanda - it looks great! I've got this linked to my accent tables post too today, well done!

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