While I was pulling my hair out over the end table- wax disaster, I was also giving a coffee table a much needed makeover.
Here is Pierre’s before. He has led a rather wild life, but he’s ready to settle down now.
I found Pierre at a little junk place not far from here. I had never stopped before because the place looked a little scary. Richard was with me this time, so I got brave and went in. Turned out to be a really nice older gentleman there who showed us Pierre tucked away in a storage area. I bought a few smalls as well, and the man gave us a brochure and invited us to church. I shouldn’t have waited so long to go picking there- I will definitely be stopping in again.
So, anyway, back to Pierre’s reformation. He got a thorough cleaning, some sanding, primer, and wood filler.
I like to spray on a coat of primer before using wood filler- the primer highlights the dents and gouges, and it’s easier to tell when you have sanded the dried filler to the proper level.
For this piece, I only added filler to a couple of the feet where chunks of wood were missing. I actually added divots to the table top with the pointed edge of a scraper for extra detail.
I applied a couple of coats of General Finishes Snow White milk paint. A bit of distressing here and there, then it was time to figure out what to do to give Pierre a little ooh-la-la. Since he’s a little homesick for Paris, I decided to add an Eiffel Tower graphic to the top, using my Doodle Magic transfer medium. Remember, you must use a laser copy (from a printer/ copier that uses toner cartridges) in order for DM to transfer the image.
Pierre is a rather hefty guy, so I figured he could handle a little more fluffing. Continuing with the emerging theme, I added the Eiffel Tower stamp to his drawer.
I lightly sprayed the graphics areas with a clear spray coat to set the graphics, then applied the glaze and a couple of coats of Varathane polyurethane. The pictures show the details after I glazed and top coated.
Pierre now has a new look and some little reminders of his homeland. Let’s hope he doesn’t return to his self-destructive ways.
Venturing into a new and somewhat scary place yielded some unexpected rewards. Have you had any moments of serendipity this week?