So last time I showed you how I did the game chairs that go with this game table… I bought the set from Craigslist, purposely looking for a ‘project’ set, so that I could inject my own personality into it…
(and, like I told you with the chairs, darnit, I totally forgot to take a before picture of the set, but it was a 1980’s golden oak with brown vinyl seats)
Let’s pick it up from where I left off with the chair project…
The chairs I painted black, applied oval numbers in white and black and the seats are recovered in a dark brown and cream colored houndstooth fabric. (so, I just wrote that really fast, but the actual decision making wasn’t nearly so quick… once I had the chairs done though, I needed to figure out how I was going to paint the table to ‘pull’ it all together, and look like a set… it took me a little bit of creative thinking…)
I knew I wanted the top to be something special, not just a solid color. I really played around with the thought of using Mod Podge for something on the top… but couldn’t really find anything that I liked the look of and had the colors I needed together: black, brown, cream and white, oh and a touch of aqua for the accent… I need both white and cream because the seat fabric is cream and brown, and I needed white because the oval numbers I applied to the backs of the chairs are black and white…
So I decided I would need to paint a pattern on the top of the table, but unlike pretty much every other decorating blogger out there, I do not yet own a vinyl stencil cutter, so I decided to do a stripe/plaid pattern on the table top to incorporate all my colors into one place.
PowerPoint really saved me a ton of time and effort…
My daughter introduced me to PowerPoint a couple years ago, and I have to say, I’m in love with it… Once I made the stripes, I could easily move them all around the place to see how they would look on the table top… this is only 3 of my many different patterns.
Now to execute it on the table.
First I primed and painted the table legs black as well as the outside edge of the top.
Next I painted the top white, then taped off my cream stripes and painted them on, and moving on from there…
I just kept going, first one way then the other… all day long.
I put a fan blowing across the top to help it dry quicker, so I could move on to the next stripe.
Here is the finished top.
I reminds me of an old enamel top table I’ve seen with a similar design… must have been back in the recesses of my mind somewhere, because I didn’t realize it until it was done.
Here you can see how all the colors are working together now.
With the blue glass of the DIY Canning Jar Chandelier hanging over it, and the other subtle aqua blue accents in the room, the blue strip I added to the top of the table helps it fit right in.
What do you think? Do you think my style goal for the room of a ‘Pottery Barn meets Ralph Lauren meets a 1900 boy’s club’ is coming to fruition?
I recommend using a bonding primer LIKE THIS ONE to have the paint stay on heavily used pieces of furniture like this table top!!
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