Kathy R
Kathy R
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  • Sparta, GA

Give New Life to a Well Worn Library Table

5 Materials
$35
4 Hours
Easy

I love a challenge! I found this charming Library Table at a Habitat Restore...it was cast aside in the corner and on sale. The lines are beautiful. The table had seen better days...it was dull, scratched and worn. But, I saw a diamond in the rough...

give new life to a well worn library table
give new life to a well worn library table

I have been wanting to try a lovely shade of gray - chalk paint. I began to paint the whole table this gorgeous gray...then thought the top needed something special.

give new life to a well worn library table

After the first coat dried I applied with a dry brush method lighter chalk paint randomly brushing here and there. I wanted the appearance of patina...almost the face of the moon look. Then I thought...it needed something more.

give new life to a well worn library table

I found some lines to a French poem. I searched for beautiful script fonts. Then, I determined how large I wanted the script to be...printed it and transferred to the tabletop with graphite transfer paper. I then went over the handwriting with a fine permanent marker.

give new life to a well worn library table

I finished off the table with a coat of beeswax. Now, it is gorgeous and it has personality. Don't discard an old table!

give new life to a well worn library table

Give your table new life!

First - clean it well.

Second - paint table with chalk paint

Third - Select a lighter color and dry brush on top - dry brushing is when the brush is pretty much dry, but has enough paint on it to transfer to a surface.

Fourth - select your text and font; print and transfer to tabletop

Fifth - darken script with permanent marker

Sixth - finish table with a coat of wax

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  • Lady Katherine
    on May 28, 2019

    How did u blow up the poem to fit table?

  • Debbi
    on May 28, 2019

    That is beautiful if you ever want to make one to sell I’ll take it. You did a fantastic job👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

  • Stacey
    on Jun 1, 2019

    So did you have to rough the surface first with sand paper?

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