Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Little Arrow Table

I am super excited to show you all this little table that I finished a few days ago. Unfortunately I forgot to take a before photo because I was just excited to get started! But let me just say that it was cream with a blue French country floral motif on the top and it had some slight water damage. And, big bonus, it only cost me $5!

When I started painting the table, I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do to it. I was thinking that I would have the legs be a different color than the table tops, and gray seemed like the perfect choice. So, I started by spray painting the legs with rustoleum 2 in 1 in a matte gray color. Then I got a little spray paint happy, and covered the table with gray. While it looked cute, it just wasn't what I was going for, and you could definitely see the water damaged parts.

So next, I sanded the water damaged parts (I used an electric sander with medium grit paper) to make them level with the rest of the table. This is where I started to take some photos of my process. Once the sanding was complete, I thought about purchasing some decal sheets from But at $30 for a 30" by 30" sheet ( which is what I needed to cover both tops), they were a little too pricey. I finally realized that I had the solution at my finger tips. My vinyl cutter! Created an arrow tail design in illustrator and then sent it to my cutter to cut it out of white wall decal vinyl. Now I don't expect you all to have a vinyl cutter at your disposal ( unless you have a cricut), but you could easily purchase a decal from, or even your local craft store.

I decided then that I would use some of the left over paint from my sons room to paint the tops of the table. I added a little floetrol to the paint (it is a latex paint thinner that is used to prolong drying time and thus create a smoother look) to make sure that my brush strokes where very minimal, and painted the tops of the table. Once dry, I applied the vinyl decal to both tops and sealed it with a spray on minwax polyacrylic.

The total cost of the project was $8.50. I bought the table for $5, and the gray spray paint for $3.50. The rest of the materials I had on hand.

I was initially planning on selling this guy when I bought it, but I fell in love. So now it is currently residing in my front entryway. But I will probably be moving it to my bedroom soon. What do you think?Do you love it as much as I do?

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