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February 25, 2016

A Scalloped Tea Table Makeover Inspired By Chocolate

It's the fourth Thursday of the month and you know what that means, it's Themed Furniture Makeover Day. With February being all about Valentine's Day, it's only fitting that the theme this month is Inspired by Chocolate.

Didn't have to twist my arm participating in this one and today I'm sharing A Scalloped Tea Table Makeover Inspired by Chocolate. A few chocolates were consumed in the making of this project.

A Tea Table inspired by Chocolate

Scalloped Tea Table With Chocolate Inspired Decoupaged Top


I acquired this little tea table, originally from Bombay Company, shortly after the theme was announced for this month's challenge. I knew immediately it would be the perfect piece. This is what it looked like before the makeover...

Tea Table Before Makeover

I have to admit this piece was a joy to work on compared to my hair pulling, curse-spewing, wine drinking saga last month with my Shades of White Chair from hell chair.

Tea Table painted with Simplicity White chalk paint

So here is what I did with this cute little table. After applying a coat of shellac, because I knew the dark wood was going to bleed through the paint, I brushed it with three thin coats of Simplicity White chalk paint.

For a timeworn look, I distressed it with 100 grit sandpaper. To protect the finish I applied a generous coat of Metallic Pearl Wax. It's hard to see in the pictures but it gives off a beautiful pearlescent shimmer.

Tea Table protected with Metallic Pearl Wax

So where's the chocolate you ask?  A visit to the Graphics Fairy website and I found the perfect image to transfer to the top.

Tea Table with Vintage Chocolate Graphic

Image Transfer Technique

Step 1 - Printing the image

Print a mirror image of the graphic onto bond paper. If you use an inkjet printer you need to let the ink dry for several hours, I let mine dry overnight. If you use a laser printer you can skip the ink drying process.

Step 2 - Applying the image onto the table

Apply Image Transfer Medium (Mod Podge also works) with a foam brush over the graphic and place it (graphic side down) onto the center of the table, being careful not to move the image around. Use a brayer or credit card to gently remove any air bubbles and to ensure a tight bond with the table surface. Allow the paper to completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Tea Table with Vintage Graphic using Image Transfer Medium

Step 3 - Removing layers of paper

Using a water bottle and your fingertips, gently rub away the first layer of paper. Let the paper dry and repeat this process. It took repeating this step three times before the image was clear.

Note: The image will look somewhat cloudy after all the layers are removed, don't be alarmed. The next step will remove that murkiness.

Tea Table removing paper from Vintage Graphic

You can see in the picture above how stark the white table is compared to the vintage look of the image. I dry brushed the chalk paint colors Vintage Cupcake and Sage Advice (similar colors in the graphic) around the image.

To remove any cloudy residue on the paper and protect the image, apply two coats of matte Tough Coat.

Tea Table dry brushed with Vintage Cupcake and Sage Advice chalk paint

For a time-worn look, apply dark wax using a lint free rag and wipe away the excess.  I reapplied a little bit of Pearl wax to the detailed areas to get some pearlescent shimmer back onto the white paint.

Tea Table with Vintage Graphic and Dark Wax


Chocolate Inspired Tea Table

After all was said and done, I rewarded myself with a chocolate treat.

Chocolate Strawberries on Chocolate Inspired Tea Table

Let's head over and see what the other DIY Furniture Girls created for their Inspired By Chocolate piece.

Furniture Girls Themed Furniture Makeover Day

Please pin directly from their blog post rather than the links below.



I'm sharing this project at these fabulous LINKY PARTIES

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