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Spring Table Vignettte–Twin Dragonfly Designs

Hi everyone!  I’m Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs where I share fun crafts, fab recipes and day-to-day life with my twin, three year old boys!
  

I love to inspire creativity and think outside of the box so when I saw the theme for this week I was thrilled! 
I have the coolest project for you. 
Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person on the planet without a mantel or fireplace.  Are you with me?  So I often create little vignettes and ‘buffetscapes’ to celebrate the season. 
Here’s my Spring Table tutorial:
The goods:
A poor rundown little sidetable Epoxy
150 Grit Sanding Block
Screwdriver
Paint Roller and Brushes
White Acrylic Paint
Turquoise Acrylic Paint {mine was Bright Aqua Green from Liquitex}
Wood Stain {or watered down brown Acrylic Paint}
Rag or Cloth
Sealer {I used a Semi Gloss Water Based Sealer from Varathane}
Pretty Spring Accessories
Start by taking apart your table.
Fix any defects.  Here I used Epoxy to glue the spindle together.
Remove  hardware.
Give the entire surface a good sanding. 
At this point you may want to apply a coat of primer.  It allows for the paint to stick to your surface better and prevents oils and other materials from coming to the surface.  I chose not to because 1. I had sanded the surface thoroughly 2. I was in a hurry to see my finished project and 3. I’m a bit lazy when it comes to painting.  {Just keeping it real} 
Now you want to paint your table.  Cover every surface.  Sand between coats of paint and watch out for drips.
Here’s my little table with two coats of white acrylic paint.
Okay, so this is the totally fun part.  I have been seeing turquoise everywhere.  In decorative accessories, fabric choices and wall colours.  I love it.
My house, however, doesn’t.  Turquoise just doesn’t go.  You know?
So I hid it in the drawer/tray!
Now go add a little colour to your project.
Next you want to sand the table to give it a distressed finish.
Don’t be afraid to sand liberally.
Here’s my table after sanding.
Looking good already.
Now you will want to apply a stain or lacquer to give your table an aged patina.  I used wood stain.  Not recommended.  It took forever to dry.
What you could use instead is a tinted sealer or watered down brown acrylic paint.  That’s what I used for the inside of my drawer/tray.
Apply your stain or paint using an old rag or cloth {paper towels works too.}
You really want to try to work it into the corners and cracks of your piece.
Here’s my drawer/tray where I used brown acrylic paint to create an aged look.
Now you want to apply a good sealer.  Allow for drying time and sand between coats.
All done!
And complete with a cute little drawer that is just the perfect addition to any Spring Vignette.

  You can find the tutorial for these gorgeous decoupaged eggs here.

Who needs a mantel anyway. Thanks for reading ~ please come by and say hi sometime!

7 Comments

  1. Fantastic idea and great transformation! I just love paint 🙂

  2. What an absolutely wonderful transformation! Just beautiful…

  3. Ooooh, I love it! I love the idea of painting the inside of the drawers!!! I’m preparing to paint a dresser white, and distress it, and I also am an admirer of the turquoise craze. What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Terry says:

    Love all of it, especially that secret turquoise on the inside of the drawer.

  5. Susan says:

    Jen that turquoise color looks awesome in the drawer! I love the table, especially the surprise color inside!
    Suan

  6. Ellie Perez says:

    Too adorable! I would have never thought to paint the insides of the drawers! Off to find my paint brush! thanks!

  7. This post was exactly what I needed and was looking for today! I am planning to repaint some old furniture but needed a good tutorial and some inspiration. Thank you for sharing!!

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