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February 25, 2016

How Chocolate Can Inspire A Tea Table Makeover

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 so I'm sharing A Chocolate Inspired Tea Table Makeover. A few chocolates were consumed in the making of this project!

A Tea Table inspired by Chocolate

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.

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 this baby was going to bleed through the paint, I brushed the entire table with three thin coats of Simplicity White chalk paint.

I distressed it with 100 grit sandpaper and to protect the finish, 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

I printed a mirror image of the graphic onto bond paper using an inkjet printer and let the ink dry overnight. With a laser printer, you can skip the ink drying process.

The next morning I applied Image Transfer Medium with a foam brush over the graphic and placed it in the center of the table, being careful not to move the image around. Using a brayer, I removed any air bubbles and made sure I had a tight bond with the table. I let that sit overnight to dry.

Tea Table with Vintage Graphic using Image Transfer Medium

Using a water bottle and my fingertips, I gently rubbed the paper off of the image.  It took removing three layers of paper before the image was clear.

Tea Table removing paper from Vintage Graphic

I didn't like how stark the white table was compared to the image so I dry brushed the colors Vintage Cupcake and Sage Advice chalk paint around the image.  After the paint dried I applied two coats of matte Tough Coat to protect the image.

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

To give the table the same time-worn look as the image, I applied dark brown wax using a lint free rag and wiped away the excess.  I reapplied a little bit of the Pearl wax to the detailed areas to get some pearlescent shimmer back onto the white paint again.

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

Thank you to the following for featuring this project:

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