>Medallion Table

>Since we’ve moved into our new place, we had to part with our kitchen table because it was just too big, and not a necessity for only two people.  So, I went to work on making over a “new” table for our new space:

And I’m LOVING it!  It started out as this table:

The table was my husband’s late grandmothers table…and it was completely unfinished and stained.  A perfect canvas to do whatever I wanted to it!

First, I sanded off the stains with my sander I got for Christmas…worked beautifully!!

Then, I stained the table top with the same stain we had leftover from our last kitchen table makeover

I primed and painted the bottom with paint I got from ReStore for $1

I took a step back, liked what I saw, but decided it was too boring.  I had no idea what to do with it…so I let it sit for a few days.

Then – I asked my husband what he thought of a “painted medallion” on the top of the table.  He told me he thought it would look … wait for it… gaudy.

gaudy

Ugh out of all the words in the English language…he had to choose that one!  I was so  upset…since when did I ever make anything that looked gaudy?!  
Hubby quickly backpedaled, trying to take it back…but the damage was done. I was now on a mission to make this table into the least gaudy piece…but still while achieving my vision!
I found a website with some medallions…and I decided that the first one was my favorite.
So, I enlarged it and projected it onto a big piece of white paper in my classroom (after school I promise!!)

I just traced over it with Sharpie:

(If you “like” Christina’s Adventures on Face Book, you would have seen this already!)

Now, the tricky part was figuring out how to transfer the design onto the dark tabletop. I had an idea to trace over the design with chalk (pushing heavily so there was lots of chalk dust on top).  I went to work:
PS- I don’t have any particular feelings about Canada (see my sweatshirt) – it’s just a hand-me-down sweatshirt I use for painting 🙂



I still wasn’t sure it was going to work at this point – but I found the center of my table and of the design, flipped it over, and rubbed over the back of the design many times.  Then – I took the paper up, and it worked!!!!!!!

I then spent way too long painting in the lines

I did two coats so you couldn’t see brush strokes.  Then, I went over it with sandpaper multiple times:

I love the chippy look afterwards:

But it was still too bright…and we all know I needed to prove a point that this wouldn’t look *gaudy*

I went over it with another layer of stain:

See the difference between the two?

Finally, it was done!  I put 3 coats of polyurethane on top, and took it outside for a little photo shoot! 🙂

I *love* my “new” table!

Do you think I achieved my goal of staying away from gaudy?!

The most wonderful part is that this project only cost me $1 for the paint!  I had everything else on hand!  This is exactly my kind of budget 🙂

I’ll be linking up to:
Shabby Nest, Remodelaholic, Under the Table and Dreaming, Today’s Creative Blog, DecorChickFinding Fabulous, The DIY Show-Off, Be Different Act Normal, Tatertots and Jello, Polly Want a Crafter?, Shabby Chic Cottage, Stories of A-Z, House of Hepworths, Beneath My Heart, Shanty2ChicThe CSI Project, CRAFTHouse of Grace, Domestically Speaking, Creations by Kara, Lolly Jane, Keeping it Simple, Somewhat Simple, Making the world Cuter, Young and Crafty, My Backyard Eden, Dittle Dattle, A Glimpse Inside, At Home with K, Life in the Fun Lane, Brambleberry Cottage, Beyond the Picket Fence, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Someday Crafts, Serenity Now, The DIY Club, My Girlish Whims

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