From Boring to Blue, and Tiled, Too!

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This little Demi-lune table has been languishing in the guest room closet since we moved 3 years ago. I just happened to spy it this past week when I was desperately in need of a project, so I decided to take it on. Painted wood haters, this is your 2 minute warning. Look away now! Just so you know, it was not an antique or particularly good wood. Like most projects, this one took a few twists and turns and was not quite what I had in mind when I started, but I am happy with the finished product. So, without further ado...
Step one was to wash this bad boy down and take it completely apart. Disassembling it was a matter of undoing lots of bolts and popping the rosettes off the legs.
I had planned on using homemade chalk paint and bought a couple small sample size jars of Behr Crashing Waves and Butter Cookie, but you know how plans go. I was anxious to see the blue paint on the table and just started painting, without mixing up the chalk paint. Oh, well. Fortunately, I had sanded the wood a bit to rough it up before my paint brush got the better of me. So, the blue paint was on and looked smashing, and now I couldn't wait to see how it would look with the tile I had picked out for the project.
In an effort to at least start the tiles out straight, I used an elasticized string around the edge of the table.
Tile work in progress.
When the tiling was completed, it was grouted. Here I am waiting for the grout to set up before wiping it down with a slightly damp sponge.
It was after grouting that I abandoned my original idea to paint the tabletop and legs yellow, so they became blue, too. The legs have small grooves in them, and I just knew they needed to be painted white, but I didn't have any paintbrushes small enough to fit into the grooves. Enter the toothpicks. It was painstaking and time consuming, but the toothpicks and I got it done.


When all the painted parts were dry, I gave them several coats with satin spray polyacrylic to protect the paint and give it a little shine. The legs each got a larger white tile near the top for a little pop. Then it was time to put it all back together.
Voila! From boring to blue, and tiled, too! Thanks for looking!
Suggested materials:
  • Behr Crashing Waves paint   (Home Depot)
  • 3/8 inch And 1 inch tiles   (MIchael's)
  • Tile adhesive and grout   (Michael's)
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  • Chris. Chris. on Feb 28, 2019

    I had a table like this that belonged to my M.I.LAW. As it didn’t suit my furnishing style I gave it to a niece. Am I kicking myself? You betcha. This is just beautiful and dressed up like that would have been beautiful in my home. Sob,sob. Will send this to me niece as a suggestion what could be done. Christina

    • Jacalyn Jacalyn on Mar 10, 2019

      Thanks, Chris! Keep an eye out at garage sales and thrift stores. Maybe you will find one to redo.

  • Emily Emily on Mar 02, 2019

    What a very beautiful result! 👌

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