Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Table Refurbished with Paper Decals

My next door neighbors used to rent a house in Athens,GA to UGA students. Some tables were left there, no one claiming them. So they gave them to me.

Here is the before; not in too bad shape, sturdy hard wood. I just sanded it all over.

Except this burn hole, probably a cigarette? I sanded quite a while and it was still deep so  Jim filled it with wood putty, the kind that you can sand when dry.

 That did the trick. Then I painted the legs an almond color, an oops paint from Lowes's that I got for $2.50.
The top was painted the same as I did my chairs, recently,
another oops paint, called "Birds Nest", also from Lowe's.
Since I "made" my version of chalk paint by adding a couple of tablespoons of baking soda, I only had to use one coat on the legs, two for the top.

If you are a follower you might remember a previous post when I tried to do these images on a tea towel and I got the "kind" upside down. I am using this same design for my friend, Linda. This has special meaning for her.

This is the first time I have used decal paper. I got the inspiration from Tammy at Simple Southern Happiness. Go Here

        1.Print your image on the shiny side of the paper.

2. Cut it out as close to the image as you can.

            3. Soak in a bowl of water for about 60 seconds or until the backing  pulls away from the decal.

              4. Carefully, remove the decal and place where you want it to be.

          5. Using your finger tips, smooth the decal out,       removing any bubbles.

          6. Let dry completely. Then you may spray with a polyurethane to protect it.

Although it is hard to see in the photos, the decals tore a bit. I was able to fix it but it doesn't look perfect. Maybe after more practice I will get it down. :o)

For Decal Paper, here is where I ordered:
Water Slide Decal Paper Link


I will be linking up to some parties later today.


Richard Cottrell said...

You are getting so good, maybe a new career is on it's way. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

You go girl!! snapping fingers over my head... yalza... you did this table mighty-fine... Its perfection in every way.
She is one blessed friend to get one of your creations. So glad things have worked out with the transfer paper. Happy dance!!

Debbie said...

perfection is a tad over rated. i think it looks wonderful!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful job, Charlotte! I love the bee image and the font on the word. Little tables are so great to have around; they fit in anywhere and this looks like a nice size.

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Shoregirl said...

Love your table makeover -- so pretty!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

You did an excellent job on your table Charlotte! How lucky you are to have your GREAT Grandmother's Sewing Cabinet! I've checked out your puppies - all so adorable. I'd have several more if Danny would let me! I look forward to meeting you -- will be great fun and finally being able to meet up with Tammy :-}}}

Anonymous said...

Love the table in every way! Beautiful paint color and love that decal!

Barbara said...

Wow, just did a quick catch-up... you've been busy! Love all the furniture you've been working on and yes, your daughter is gorgeous!

lisa said...

Charlotte, your refinishing work is just wonderful.
Love this little table!
Sending you wishes for a wonderful weekend!