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I loved the modern grid pattern on the legs and liked that it wouldn’t take up much visual space in my small living room. With a few changes, I knew it could be just what I wanted.
sandpaper, primer, gold craft paints ( I used colors listed below from Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels), metallic or pearlized paper( I used Brilliant Metals paint sample cards from Lowes), a 1 1/2″ circle cutter, a soft paintbrush, clear gloss sealer, and school glue.
This table starts out pretty adorable as it is, with a fun, weathered and chipped finish that lets flashes of red and yellow paint show under the deep turquoise top coat. It took a good sanding to smooth out the chips, and two coats of primer to hide the color.
I then covered the whole table with 3 shades gold paint. I started with a base coat of Yellow Gold from Martha Stewart Crafts at Michaels. Next, I made a wash of Rose Gold paint and water and brushed it into the corners and joints of the legs to add a little depth. Finally, I made another wash of Pale Gold and water and painted over the entire surface to get the soft look I was going for.
Now for the “Capiz Shells”
I chose paint sample cards from Lowes in soft golds, coppers, ivory and pewters from the Brilliant Metals line, and cards A25a and A26a – both shell pinks– from the Olympic line. I used 3-4 paint cards of each color I chose.
This particular table has a lip on the table top that makes a perfect frame for the paper shells. I punched circles from the cards, then trimmed the edges of some flat, and cut four into corner pieces.
I lined the inside of the table-top frame with the corner-cut pieces and flat-edge pieces, then laid a layer of full circles across the top in a random pattern, gluing them all down with school glue. Then, I glued down two more layers of circles, and let them dry for two days, occasionally adding a stack of books on top to help keep the paper from curling as it dried.
I then painted on a few coats of ModPodge, following the package directions, in a cross-hatch pattern over the circles, and let that dry for a couple of days. Here is a detail of the top:
After that, it was just two light sprays of clear gloss sealer away from my living room.
The final result:
It’s just what I wanted, and I couldn’t be happier with it.
What about you? What are you transforming right now into something special for your home? I can’t wait to here about it! I know it’s going to be great.
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