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Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party #101

Welcome to week #101 of Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party!

Hey, hey, hey! How are ya? It has been a beautiful week thus far in Wisconsin-sunny and temps in the 60’s! Can’t complain. I have been able to open the windows, clean all the Christmas tree needles off the front porch, and utilize my clothesline again! Those may just be simple things, but believe me…those simple things make all the difference!

Let’s get the party started shall we?

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Refreshing sips for spring and summer…

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Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party #100

Welcome to week 100 of Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party!

Hey everyone! Some exciting news to share….

…and I can’t wait to see what you are up to!

You can party with us every Tuesday night starting at 10:00 pm CST. You can read more about the party rules here. We work hard to bring you a fun link party each week so please follow along so you don’t miss the parties!

Today is kind of a special link party! Not only is it the Moonlight & Mason Jars 100th link party…(say woot woot!) but I am excited to be joining this fabulous group of gals as their new co-host!

Erin will be stepping down as she continues to work hard on her blog. She will be greatly missed, but everything has it’s season, so make sure you are following along with Erin so you don’t miss out on her new ventures! I wish Erin the best in her endeavors! She is an amazing blogger!

And, I have even better news! To celebrate the 100th link party here at Moonlight & Mason Jars, we have a special treat for you at the end of this post! Did someone say gift card? Oops…spoiler alert!

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Wood Slice Faux Agate

faux agate with wood slice

 Do you get the winter blues?

I do. I can’t count how many episodes of Beachfront Bargain Hunt or Caribbean Life I have watched over the last month. My mind gets swept away to destinations of sandy beaches, bright sunshine, and sea breezes with a tropical cocktail in my hand. Ah, the good life!

Whatever it takes to push through, right?

But, then reality hits as soon as I walk out that door. So, for me, it always helps to keep the creative juices in full force with these blustery winter days.  When this time of year hits, I love to start incorporating something fresh into the home. Whether it be a bouquet of fresh flowers or bright accent pillows. Creating sweet little bird nests in hopes of an early Spring. I love unique accents in home decor. Even more so, budget-friendly home decor. So, here is my version of the wood slice faux agate.

DIY faux agate how to

 Agate slices are beautiful and have been showing up everywhere in home decor for awhile now.  As a lover of all things agate, I wanted to try my hand at creating an agate slice with a bit of paint. 

Let’s get started.

faux agate supplies

Supplies you will need:

small wood slice

gold paint

chalk paints in various shades to replicate agate of your choice

paint brushes

poly sealer

faux agate slice

First, I  painted the edges in gold. {I have seen gold leaf adhered to the edges as well, if you wanted another option}. I then used the natural agate slice I currently had to replicate the design.

faux agate

The natural agate had many shades of color blended together, so I was intentional in layering and blending my paint colors. Once I was finished painting the design, I lightly sanded and applied a layer of high gloss poly.

faux agate diy

So, for under $10, I created my own little awesome slice of beauty and you can too in just a few hours! No hunting for natural agate in stores or waiting for your online order to come. I enjoyed creating this little piece of home decor.

faux agate vignette

Are you ready to create your own faux agate?

 

Before And After Coastal Style Mirror

beachymirror

 

I love decorating with coastal style and finding pieces that I can transform in a fresh new way. Decorative mirrors are classic. They never go out of style and every home should have at least one. Mirrors bounce light around the room and can be used to feature some beautiful areas of the home, such as a chandelier or outdoor view.

 

Today, I wanted to share with you how easy it is to transform an outdated accessory into a real gem.

 

Let’s get started with the project!

beforepicofmirror

Above is the before of the mirror.

It is pretty dated.

A piece from the 70’s in all of its great plastic faux wood loveliness.

The products you will need to create a similar project:

americana chalky finish paint

americanadecoupage

americana creme wax

I started painting the mirror in shades of Yesteryear and Serene from Americana Decor. The paint went smoothly and all it required was 1 coat overall. I did have to touch up a few areas, but no big deal.

Americana beachy mirror

Once the paint had dried (I gave it a few hours) I lightly distressed areas to create a worn look. I used very fine sandpaper to accomplish this. If you want a two-tone look you would need to add vaseline to areas after your base coat and then add the second color on top. Once dry,  sand to reveal your base coat underneath. Because the mirror had that faux wood grain, it was great for distressing and adding a textured look to the piece. It was almost like a worn driftwood effect.

americana chalky finish paint

I was happy with how the paint adhered to the mirror. However, I did not realize it would adhere to my nail polish so well. The paint did wash up well on my hands and brushes.

It just really liked my fingernails!

Maybe I will start a new trend! Chalky finish nail polish using Americana Chalky Finish Paint.

distressed areas of mirror

The mirror did have quite a dramatic change just by sprucing it up with paint, but I wanted to take it a step further. The little shelf attached to the mirror was the perfect area to decoupage some pretty paper on. I really fell in love with this paper from hazel & ruby. It had the same beachy shades I was using in the paint and in a gorgeous chevron pattern.

wax paper template

I started with using wax paper and rubbed the outline of the shelf to give me some lines to cut out my template for the chevron paper.

template for decoupage

hazel & ruby crazy for chevy teals

Once the template was cut out and fitted to the shelf I applied a coat of decoupage glue to the shelf only. I placed the paper on the piece and proceeded to smooth out the surface. A spatula works great for this.

decoupage project from dandelion patina

I let the piece dry overnight. Once the paper was attached to the shelf I added a topcoat of the decoupage matte.

TIP: once completely dry lightly sand the edges of paper to give it a distressed look and to crisp up the lines so that they blend into the piece.

dandelion patina beachy mirror

I then went over the entire piece with the creme wax to give it a protective finish. This product went on more like a decoupage paste rather than a typical furniture wax. I found it extremely easy to apply. Once the wax was dry, just buff it with a clean white cloth to reveal a nice luster.

And now to accessorize!

decoupaged shelf

beachy mirror

beach accessories

dandelion patina beachy mirror

Hope you enjoyed this coastal style mirror tutorial!

I would love to see what you create with these products!

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DIY Succulent Vignette

 

 

Hey there! I am back to share a simple gardening project with succulents that is as easy as getting your hands dirty!

succulent vignette by dandelion patina

 

Succulents are a favorite of mine. And they are not for the outdoors only.

 

They have a meaty/chunky/fleshy texture to them and…..

 

interesting colors and…….

 

body structures.

 

spiral aloe from world of succulents.com

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And don’t be surprised if some types make your eyes go buggy……

eye illusion of spinning

Can’t take your eyes off of it can you? Is it driving you nuts? The rest of the tutorial is much easier on the eyes.

I promise.

To start, I gathered a few succulents from a local garden shop. I am amazed at the varieties available. I also found a cute little ceramic egg crate at TJ Maxx. I thought it would make a very unique planter.

succulent vignette dandelion patina

Here are a few of the plants I incorporated into the vignette.

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And another….

diy succulent vignette from dandelion patina

When removing each plant from the pot, lightly remove some of the dirt so that it will fit into the desired opening.

Great tip I learned……

succulent vignette from dandelion patina

use the cardboard tray given to you at the garden center as your prep space. It provides easy clean up if you are creating the project on a countertop or table surface.

Oh, and I almost forgot…this pretty little specimen….

succulent vignette dandelion patina

and finished in a vintage white container….

faux succulent by dandelion patina

 

Here is my succulent vignette a few months after being planted.

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succulent vignette by dandelion patina

 

succulent vignette by dandelion patina

 

Overall, the container is doing very well. I have even propagated a few of the pieces from the above plant. It was easy peasy…snip off and stuff into the dirt!

 

DIY Succulent Vignette by Dandelion Patina

 

Hope you enjoyed this simple tutorial. I am kinda snickering a little though….

….did I trick you? With what you ask?

 

Did you notice the faux succulent? Bonus points if you comment on which is the faux version!

Wall of Stripes No Tape Required

wall of stripes no tape required

 

We have all seen the abundance of tutorials on painting stripes on a wall and you ask why is this any different?

 

Well, first I have a question for you….

solids or stripes

 

I have always tried to muster up the courage to tackle painting stripes on a wall. There are some great tutorials out there such as here and here.

But, I knew it was going to be an immediate thumbs down right from the start.

thumbs down hand

 

 

Why do I doom myself from the beginning?

Our walls are highly textured. They have this thin coat of plaster mixed with sand. I am not a fan of it. Painting walls with a solid color is a major struggle to get good coverage. I can’t imagine adding striped details with tape to the mix. And this post from Michelle @ 4 men 1 lady about the truth on striped walls just confirmed my fears.

 

And that brings me to the second reason….

I have no patience for tape. I just don’t use it. The whole process of trying to get the tape off the roll, lining it up in a straight line, and making sure the tape sticks to the highly textured wall makes me well….lose my stripes!

zebra stripes and stress

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Now, I realize I am not being a big promoter of painters tape such as Frog Tape. There have been many great reviews of the product and I have no doubt it is. So, if you have way more courage and optimism than I do, they have a great tutorial on painting textured walls using Frog Tape. Perhaps, one of these days I will get over my fear and get on the Frog Tape bandwagon.

 

I gotta tell ya though…even though I am a tape hater, I am a firm believer that walls need love. They need character added to them whether it be a gorgeous paint color, board-and-batten, shiplap, crown moulding or in my case a bit of screen stock.

 

Screen what you say?

Screen stock. It is a very thin piece of flat wood or millwork. You can find it in the millwork department at your local hardware store. It comes in lengths of 8′ and runs about $5 for each piece.

 

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This was our process…

We used a great tutorial to measure out the width of the stripes from Beth at Unskinny Boppy. The Lazy Girls Timesaving Tips For Painting Wall Stripes. Hmm,  I am the first to say that maybe my post should be called the Lazier Girls Timesaving Tips. Bahaha.

 

Anyway, here is where you really need to pay attention

If you are planning on having a contrasting stripe to your walls such as white and black or gray and white, it is advisable to prime and paint the screen stock in the colors you are using prior to nailing on. Otherwise, you will be getting out that teeny tiny paint brush, pulling your hair out and wishing you would have used that Frog Tape! And depending on your preference, painting between the lines might be helpful as well.

 

striped wall with screen stock

For me though, I really didn’t want contrast on the walls. I did however, want some interest and texture. So, I did prime the screen stock first and then I just painted the walls entirely when finished.

 

Adding the screen stock:

We marked, with chalk, where the studs were located in order to properly nail the screen stock to the wall securely. We used a pneumatic nail gun for this process. Because our room was longer than the 8′ pieces of stock, we just butted the ends together and nailed while staggering the seams.

 

screen stock striped wall

 

One more important tip that we learned after the fact……

striped wall no tape tip

The screen stock will expand and contract with temperature changes. Make sure you leave a small gap on each end where the screen stock butts up to the wall corner. Otherwise, you will have buckling over time.

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So, now you ask me if I am a solids or stripes kinda gal?

I guess I am a little bit of both.

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How to repurpose a broken lamp

Hi everyone! I am back to share with you another great DIY how to project. I love repurposing pieces and…

 

we have all seen them-the lonely outdated lamps sitting on the shelves at thrift stores. Some of these lamps are still usable, but the two that were given to me by a friend were in pretty rough shape.

 

Let’s take a look at how to transform these pieces into some great coastal cottage home decor!

 

how to repurpose a broken lamp

 

 

I believe these lamps are Mid Century Modern style. Focusing on their positive qualities, I like that they are chunky and have some wood elements to them. They have potential!

Upon inspection of these lamps I noticed they had quite a bit of rust throughout due to water damage. The cords were also in rough shape and one, if not both, would definitely need to be replaced with an entirely new light kit.

 

mid century modern lamps

 

So, instead of keeping them as lamps I opted to try and repurpose them.

repurposing lamps how to

The first step was to disassemble the lamps. This was a pretty simple process. I just loosened a few nuts and clipped the cords. The bases needed to be sanded because there was quite a bit of sticky residue on the bottoms from the old felt. This took some elbow grease! It was a work out on my spaghetti arms I tell ya!

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Chalk paint candle holder

Once the hard work was completed it was time to paint! I wanted to give the pieces a beachy feel because I just love coastal cottage style. Any piece that reminds me of the sand and water is a winner in my book! I painted them in a soft bluish gray from CeCe Caldwell called Smoky Mountain Gray. I then sealed each piece with poly. As I added the poly the brush naturally distressed areas allowing the base colors to come through ever so softly. This gave the pieces a verdigris effect. I did the same to the wood bases.

using E6000 to adhere base

E6000 was my go to adhesive for this project.  I also used this adhesive in my DIY accent table project.

crate and barrel Tondo plates

I did some internet surfing for these babies! I needed a 6″ base to hold a 4″ to 5″ candle. I also wanted to have some symmetry with the wood base on the bottom. The Tondo plates were perfect! Each plate is made of acacia wood and the grain on each of these is one-of-a-kind. They also give that coastal vibe I was going for.

I adhered these to the top of the lamp with E6000 as well to create the area for the candle to sit on.

coastal style repurposed candleholder

And here is the finished project in all their beachy beauty! Budget-friendly and unique home decor at under 20 bucks!

What do you think? If you would like to see another repurposing project click on over to the how to project I contributed for From Gardners 2 Bergers.

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Painted Wood Plank Wall Reveal

finished wood plank wall

A few weeks back we started a wood plank wall DIY in our dinette area. I am here to reveal the finished product!

 

wood plank wall
It was a fairly simple process with the tongue and groove boards. Once the entire wall was completed with planks we needed trim on the corner. I wanted a chunky look, so we bought base boards to attach at the corner.

base board trim for plank wall
Now the fun begins-painting the area. I used Coastal Fog by Benjamin Moore in Regal Pearl. The color choice is part of Benjamin Moore’s Classic Color Collection. I have learned over the years to use colors on walls that are timeless. This neutral canvas is a springboard for whatever color combination suits you. It gives you more flexibility in changing out accessories and patterns. Colorful accessories can give just as much wow factor as bold and bright walls. And let’s face it, with limited time on our hands…changing out a few pillows is much easier than cleaning out a room to paint the walls.

Side note on color:

I just recently painted our dining room in Nantucket Fog by Benjamin Moore. I was drawn to the blue gray tone on the paint chip. As I painted the sample on the walls, I was still on board. But, now that all 4 walls are painted in it-I have to say it is just too much blue in this room. So, hindsight is always 20/20, but I think I would go for this color in accents; maybe some wall art {which I may do now that I have a whole 1/2 gallon left}.

Lighting plays a huge part in how the chosen paint color will look in a room at various times of the day as well. Make sure you sample the color on each wall. But, even after you do all this {as I did} it still may not be the right fit. You win some, you lose some.

plank wall staged
Here are a few other wood plank wall DIY projects that I just adore.

DIY plank wall by lovely etc

This wall from Carrie @ Lovely, Etc. is fabulous in my opinion. I love the dry brush technique and the colors she chose.

diy plank wall by shanty 2 chic
And then there is this incredible wood plank wall DIY from Shanty 2 Chic. How great is this? Instant inviting entryway. And the shelf is just icing on the cake!

Well, thanks for joining me on yet another DIY project from Dandelion Patina. I hope you found inspiration here. Happy creating! Dream. Wish. Inspire.

Table Repurposed

table repurposed

 Hi there!

 I am so very excited to be sharing this fun and simple DIY project. I am going to demonstrate how to repurpose the ordinary discarded accent table into a functional extraordinary piece!

This table was budget-friendly at $4.99 from a local thrift store. {Solid wood-a bit of creativity-I’ll take it!}

 

table repurposed

What to do with an outdated thrift store table? 

This table is pretty with its great lines and detailed design. But,  in its original state it is not a very functional piece for me. It needs a bit of oomph. Pizazz.

I have had a bit of spring fever the last few weeks. Colors of spring keep popping into my head.  I miss gardening and getting my hands dirty. Then it hit me…this would make a cute outdoor wall planter.

table repurposed

I began removing the legs. Luckily, they came off rather easily using a rubber mallet. It is a bit liberating to demolish something! A great stress reliever on those chaotic days. I felt like the gal on the HGTV show Rehab Addict, to some extent. I love her passion for repurposing and giving homes a second chance!

table repurposed

Once the legs and side panels were removed, a small piece of plywood was attached with screws to the side of the table frame. This created the base for the bottom.

repurposed table

Then, it was time to paint! I started with a base coat of Carolina Sun Yellow then a second layer of Cinco Bayou Moss. {Both colors are CeCe Caldwell products}.

planter painting

Once the paint dried, it was time to distress the piece revealing the yellow base coat. The entire piece was sealed with a flat poly.

distressed planter

 Finally, the “jewelry” for the piece. A cute knob on the front. A small pennant banner for the top. I love that I had fabric with a pattern that matched the knob detail. I got lucky!

repurposed table knob
To create the banner-I used some leftover box cardboard, a pennant template, upholstery tacks, twine, fabric scraps.

pennant banner

And here is the finished project. Table repurposed to a garden planter.  Now, what creative ideas do you have for repurposing the legs and side panels?

table repurposed

Hope you enjoyed this repurposing project!

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Valentine Love Oar-row

valentine

Will you be my Valentine?

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. My girls and I wanted to create a special nook to celebrate the LOVE. I also wanted to inspire you to find something old around your home and think about how it could be used in another way.

wooden oar

I had this old oar sitting around waiting to be transformed into something special.

It definitely needs some oomph doesn’t it? Let’s see how I gave it a makeover, shall we?

zig zag wrapping paper

 

I found this colorful wrapping paper at TJ Maxx months back. I was drawn to the bright colors and how each flowed into the other. This was my inspiration for the color scheme I wanted to create. The modern valentine.

Here is how I created the valentine oar-row. I laid out the shims before painting to figure out how many I would need.

oar row supplies
The supplies are pretty straightforward and budget-friendly:

-wooden oar

-2 packages of shims {I used the shorter pieces}

-one wooden heart {purchased from Michael’s}

-paint in various colors {I used CeCe Caldwell chalk paint, but any acrylic or latex paint would work as well}

-furniture wax to seal

E 6000 adhesive to adhere the shims and wooden heart

painted oar

I started by painting the entire oar. I used two colors to do this. First, CeCe Caldwell Young Kansas Wheat and once dry I layered it with CeCe Caldwell Virginia Chestnut brown.

Next, I painted the shims that would be the feathers of the arrow. This was a bit of a tedious process with the many different colors I used.

painted shimspainted shims 2

Once the paint had dried on all the shims, which was very quickly, I decided to add another layer of paint. I wanted to mimic the colors flowing together just as the pattern in my wrapping paper. To do this, I added a contrasting color over the base color. Once dry, I used a wet rag to wipe/rub off the top color in areas to reveal the under color.

This gives dimension to each piece and creates a soft look for the feathers.

layered paint colors

Next, I sealed  {waxed} the feathers of my valentine oar-row. The Annie Sloan wax brushes are so fabulous to use. But, a lint-free cloth will work just as well for this DIY project. Once the wax was applied, the richness of the colors emerged. I buffed each shim once dry to bring out the luster of the finish. The same was done with the oar.

waxing shims

I then arranged the feather shims in a similar pattern to the wrapping paper that inspired the project. Once the placement was where I wanted it to be, I glued each shim with the E6000 adhesive.

I did the same with the wooden heart.

feather placementfeather shims

 Once the adhesive was dry, I added a hook on the back of the oar to hang.

hanging feathers
red heart

valentine display

 What do you think of the valentine oar-row?

 

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Once the oar was transformed, my girls had a chance to contribute to the valentine display. They helped by cutting small hearts out of the wrapping paper that inspired the project. I was told the hearts look like butterflies. {We might have to add a body and antennas for a bit of whimsy!}

butterfly hearts

butterfly heart

When I was a little girl my mom and I made these fabric heart cards. We entered them into a contest at the radio station and won! {She did most of the work.} My mom definitely nurtured that craftiness inside of me.  I have kept these cards throughout the years. They are a nice little keepsake to personalize the valentine decor and a great memory of sharing LOVE.

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valentine side view

 

 

valentine arrow

 

valentine arrow for cupid

Children are great imitators so give them something great to imitate.

 

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Potpourri Beach Wreath

side view of wreath

I have been thinking about the beach and the warm, sunny summer days lately. It has been frigid cold here in Wisconsin, again. I am hoping these happy thoughts and DIY projects will get me through! Only a few more months to go until the spring bloom.

 

 

grapevine wreath
To start off this potpourri wreath project you will need:

-grapevine wreath(s)

-one bag of potpourri

-green moss

-objects to personalize your wreath ( I used some zebra mussel shells my girls found at the beach.)

-ribbon or fabric for hanging

-glue gun

potpourri mixture

This wreath project was pretty budget-friendly for me. I already had the potpourri. The mixture was full of great textures, shapes, and neutral colors. Sola flowers are one of my favorites to work with. They appear so delicate. There were many different types of nuts in the mix as well. I love that earthy natural look.
green moss

I did have to make a trip to Michael’s {I know, twist my arm} to purchase a bag of moss. There are so many different textures and colors to choose from. I wanted a nice spring green color to give my neutral color palette some oomph. I was pleasantly surprised at the smell of the moss-earthy and sweet.
cotton ribbon

Ever wonder what to do with that pretty ribbon that is attached to the packaging of sheets, blankets or towels? I always seem to save them for that “ah ha” moment. I was tickled pink when I could actually put these vintage looking, beige ribbons to use.

zebra mussel shells

Zebra mussel shells are found everywhere along the shores of Lake Michigan. I know they are becoming quite the problem within the lake system, but they are fun to collect and put to use in a DIY project.

zebra mussel wreath

Once I had all of my supplies, I started laying out the pieces of potpourri  on the grapevine wreath. I wanted to do a dry run, making sure that I liked the way the pieces were fitting together.

potpourri wreath placement

wreath potpourri placementwreath design

Once I had the pieces in place, I started hot gluing. I had to remove a few of the top layered pieces to glue the bottom ones first.  I worked my way around the entire diameter. I did glue the moss, but I also tucked the pieces inside some of the grapevine wreath nooks.

single wreath hanging

This past summer, I had found these white shutters along the curbside. {Yes, I am THAT person.} They were in really good condition and only required some scrubbing with soap and water. Did I mention they were FREE?

close up wreathwreaths together

The potpourri wreaths add some nice contrast to the white shutters. Wouldn’t you agree? The potpourri also has a bit of fragrance to it, so they act as a natural room freshener. {Make sure you like the scent when purchasing bags of potpourri. I have made the mistake of buying on clearance for the color and textures, but then I can’t stand the fragrance. Not worth it, unless you plan on putting it in apothecary jars for display.}

wall view of wreaths

Your favorite essential oils can be added to these DIY wreaths once the initial fragrance has faded. Beth, over at Unskinny Boppy has a great essential oil 101 on her blog.  You can check the post out HERE.

I too, have essential oils in my house with lavender being my favorite. When I go to the spa {seems like it has been forever since I relaxed there}, I will usually go with lavender or grapefruit fragrance. Essential oils are amazing!

Have you ever tried them? If so, what is your favorite?

 

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Metal Made Marvelous

Ever want to update a favorite metal piece,

but were unsure how to go about it?  With CeCe Caldwell paints, it is a very simple process….

metal nesting tables
First, let me give you a bit of history on these tables. Originally, they had very thick 1″ glass tops. The pieces had been well loved and most of the perimeter was chipped.  I was drawn to the design and the petite size of the tables. I, however, was not fond of the dated gold metal finish.

coffee tables original

To start, I wiped all metal surfaces down with a wet rag. Making sure to rub all crevices-removing all dust and residue.

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Pieces of wood were cut to replace the original glass tops. Each was measured to fit over the metal base without overlap. When cutting wood, use painters tape along the template lines to prevent splintering while making the cuts.

These were screaming “industrial cottage” style. Metal and wood are two of my favorite combinations. Beginning with a base coat of Vermont Slate, it is important to make sure all areas are well covered. Once dry, I added a layer of Virginia Chestnut. With the second coat, I was not as concerned with coverage. I wanted a bit of patina in the crevices and joints of the piece as well. I added areas of Alaskan Tundra Green sparingly in those sections.

table painting
I then applied the final coat to the tables, Vintage White. Once dry, I wet distressed to bring out the base colors and a tiny bit of gold in some areas. I mixed up a small batch of glaze tinted with the Virginia Chestnut and added this over the white. Blending with the base colors giving the metal pieces patina.

CeCe Caldwell Vintage White

The wood tops were stained with General Finishes Java.

The entire surface of each piece was varnished with General Finishes Top Coat for protection and durability.

finished coffee table
finished accent tables
nesting tables

As I was photographing the tables, I noticed they could be stacked similar to nesting tables. How cute is that? Display in a corner of a small space and use for extra seating when entertaining. The metal tables would make stylish child workstations for that budding artist in your home.

finished coffee table
So, now, are you confident that you can transform a metal piece? Still unsure and have questions? Leave a comment and I would be happy to help make your wishes come true!

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