Well my new camera is on it's way!! I was hoping that the next time I bought a camera I'd have time to save up for a dslr. Unfortunately, life doesn't usually work like that :) But I'm still very excited and hopeful that my new camera will take nice pictures. One of the blogs I enjoy reading had recommended it so I'll let you know after I've tried it out what I think of it!
In the meantime I borrowed my mother in law's camera to get you guys some pictures of the side table I had fun with over the weekend. Thanks mom!
I still had a very hard time taking pictures and getting the right lighting, so I apologize for the differences in colors!!
Here are the before's again:
And here is an after:
In order to save myself from retyping the words Annie Sloan Chalk Paint over and over I'll just let you know that every paint color I tell you about in this post is indeed chalk paint :) I started by doing the whole table with one coat of primer red. I then did a second coat just on the spots I knew I'd be distressing heavily. I then painted two coats of French Linen over the whole table. Then I distressed all over showing off some red and even some of the original dark wood.
I've been wanting to try stenciling for awhile now but have been a little intimidated. I don't have a word processing program on my computer and wasn't sure how else to get some cute numbers or letters. I'm pretty sure that I should look into free word programs but for now I used Picasa and just made a plain white collage with text added to it!
I cut out each number and drew a box around each one. I used a ruler to try and get straight lines but mostly just free handed it. Then I taped the piece of paper to the table.
I traced over the lines I made and around the number. When I finished I was left with very light lines to try and paint inside.
Can you see them? :) I used the color Old White and some children's paint brushes I got at Hobby Lobby for about $2. I started by painting around the edge of the box...
Then I painted around the number...
Then I just filled the rest in, waited for it to dry and distressed it with some fine sand paper.
It turned out to be very fun and my 6 year old son was SO impressed with me. He's a lover of all things crafty just like his momma :)
It's home is next to my living room sofa. The decorations are a bit "spring" I know, staging is not one of my strong points, but I'm practicing :)
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