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Sunday, March 25, 2012

French Ad tables Before and Afters

Hi guys! I wanted to share my latest painting projects. I finished 3 tables this week. This first one was an old oak pedestal table. There was a crack in the top. It was sturdy..not going to break or anything..just a crack where the seam had separated a bit. It may have had a marble top at one point.
I loved the base and could see it painted in oyster, cream and aqua with gold accents.
And that is what I did! It has been raining like crazy here so I had to paint it in my kitchen and could not get a good overall after shot. I took it to my booth today and if I can remember my camera next time I go up there I will try to get a better shot of this. I got the graphics from the Graphics Fairy ( and made them bigger in PrintShop with the banner application. I made 2 "wide" banners about 2 pages each and then lined them up to match and taped one above the other to make it tall enough. I rubbed the back with a pencil and went over the graphics with a pen to transfer them to my table top. My kingdom for some transfer paper! They don't even sell it in my small town and I wasn't driving to get it! I'll have to look next time I am in Staples or Hobby Lobby.
I thought the crack would lend an "authentic" touch of an old sign to this. I did the lettering in dark brown acrylic..I thought it went better with the color scheme.
The apron I painted aqua. I "antiqued" the whole table with a brownish grey thin acrylic wash that I rubbed on and off with baby wipes until it looked like I wanted.
Paint suitcase! The column and feet are light oyster grey although they look white here. The ribbed part is cream like the table top and I added aqua and gold accents.
I also added gold to the edge and a rustic garland around the edges. I finished it with paste wax.I got 2 of these round end tables at an estate sale.
I painted them white and added more Graphics Fairy French ad graphics.
I painted the edges gold and gave the whole piece a once over with fine sandpaper to distress and applied a thin grey acrylic wash and wiped it off with baby wipes.
This one I used the same graphic as the pedestal table but in black.
Metallic gold edges. I did 2 coats but I like it sort of see through.I distressed it with sandpaper. I figure I will probably nick it up somehow before I get it to the shop so this way it just blends in!I finished these with paste wax too.
You can see my foam plate pallette on the edge of this one! This was before I antiqued it. I sit on my son's yoga ball when I paint these..just the right height and comfy. I should probably try to use it to do a sit up one of these days...nahhhhh.. LOL. I have more to share so stop on back..I have been a busy bee lately! Til next time! Julia


Mary Marcotte said...

Lovely tables. You have a real talent there!

debbi@yankeeburrowcreations said...

I love them....they turned out great!

J.Crabbit said...

The additional of the Graphics is a great Idea, they look awesome.

Laurel Stephens said...

I'm in love with the curvy bottom of that first table. (hmmm, that sounded interesting :) But seriously, love these tables!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

Saw you over at TGF- your tables look awesome! I love the graphics you chose, and the color combinations are wonderful.

Isobel Morrell said...

Useful looking tables, which now look really pretty as well. Glad I found you on the Etsy Blog site, am going to follow you (to pick up tips) and hope you'll return the favour. I'm at where I post about the toys I make and try to sell at Looking forward to seeing you there sometime - soon!

SibStudio said...

Your tables are wonderful! I love the lettering.

Rhissanna said...

Oh! I love that oak pedestal table! In fact, it's exactly what I've been looking for! Does that table have a sister?

hopeandjoyhome said...

Thanks guys! Sorry..that was the only table like that I had..but I am sure it is not one of a kind..those factory made oak tables were churned out at a clip in the early 1900's! Good luck with your searh. I loved that curvy bottom too! :)

Jann said...

Amazing! You are so talented!