Friday, October 21, 2011

My re-do of my $1.25 coffee table

Well here it is, friends. My coffee table bargain. I didn't think I would ever get through! I ran out of Old Ocher Chalk Paint so put some on an index card (actually my hubby did it) and took it to Lowe's to match it in latex paint. They didn't quite get the right color and I didn't realize it until too late. We need better lighting in the garage. Sigh..

I don't have the distressing down very well either. But I will try again soon with some old tables that a friend gave me recently.

There are so many talented people out there in blog land. Here is one who was my inspiration for the writing on the table:

Go Here

I had searched all over the web to find instructions on how to get lettering on without doing it free hand. Katie had the best solution. She uses graphite paper that you can get at Michael's. I had Kinko's enlarge my script to fit the table.

 I took this off before I took a picture

  You have to really be careful with the graphite paper. It transfers really easily and if you press in the wrong place, you will have a lot to clean up. I know. I did.

This is how it looked after tracing each letter. Later I filled in each letter with a black paint pen. It was just like coloring in a coloring book.

This is the before picture.

After. Whaddya think?
 I am linking up to these parties.
Furniture Feature Fridays

Beyond The Picket Fence

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Shannon@FoxHollowCottage said...

Don't be so hard on yourself! It looks great. I would have that in my house in a hot minute ;) The beauty of the distressed furniture is that it's all one of a kind and perfect in itself. Enjoy your new table. Look forward to seeing more creations!

PS-I'm sharing this to my fb page.

Cindy said...

I love it. I don't care what you think, I think it is perfectly distressed. Just like Shannon said, distressing is one of a kind. It will turn out different every time and will be beautiful. You are doing a great job, keep it up. Btw, I'm going to use this technique to put some graphics on some tables that I have. Look forward to seeing more of your completed projects.
Cindy @

andrea said...

This came out lovely! I adore the text. andrea@townandprairie

Katie said...

Oh Charlotte! That looks awesome!!! I never feel good about my distressing either at first, until I step back and look at it as a whole and this is absolutely beautiful. Now I want to work on something else!!! Great job :o)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love how it turned out and the text is darling! I just painted a mirror with chalk paint too! Stop by and say hello sometime!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Wahoo! You did an outstanding job and have made a masterpiece. It take an artistic eye to be able to see the end results and you sure have it.

Richard Cottrell said...

I really like your new-old coffee table. I think you did a good job, I am not a fan of words though, written on stuff, that's just me. But what a deal for $1.25. u are a smart shopper,decorator. keep it up. RC

hootnonny said...

Awesome job Charlotte! I love the word on the table! Can't wait to see what you do next!

Hope you're enjoying the beautiful day!

Happyone:-) said...

I think you did a great job!!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely LOVE it!! Great job! I just love the lettering on it!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Charlotte, I adore it! I love the word Imagine stenciled on. What a nice touch. The font is pretty, too. I think it was worth the trouble. Don't you? Hope you have a great week!

lisa said...

I think it is beautiful!!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

I think she looks quite lovely!! Wonderful job making her pretty again! Thank you for the visit and the sweet comment @TheDedicatedHouse. It means the world. Hope you have a grand day! Toodles, Kathryn

Good Time Charlie said...

I think it looks gorgeous and you need to take a bow for a really great finished product. I love the font, I love the whole thing. I am featuring it tomorrow at my link up party. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I love this table!!!!!!!!!!!!1 I am your newest follower.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I love the table and I think you did a fabulous job!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there- just stopping back by to say thank you for linking this up at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Amber Lyon Ferguson said...

Love it! Love John Lennon and shabby decorating so maybe I should try this!

WhyCuzICan said...

YOU GO GIRL! Lovin' it!

Zippin' around your blog since I'm your newest Follower, seeing who you "are" Charlotte!

All smiles,
Suzanne in NW IL