At Christmastime, with extra things and people taking up space in the house, how perfect is a small side table to hold someone’s eggnog or an extra decoration?! That’s why I thought of a Christmas table re-do for this small vintage nesting table set!
To start with, I washed the two tables with Fusion TSP Alternative. I always start with this step on every paint project. It gets rid of the dirt and grease you didn’t even know you had! I keep a spray bottle mixed up with water and TSP Alternative handy. It’s an efficient way to make a bottle of the TSP Alternative last a long time. (By the way, NO, Fusion TSP Alternative is not the same as regular TSP. Our Fusion TSP Alternative, is an alternative to the traditional harsh TSP. Ours contains no phosphate and needs no rinsing afterwards!)
Next, to check paint adhesion, I lightly brushed on a small patch of white paint and let it sit a few days to come back to. Check out this video post with a greater explanation on doing a test patch.
Once I determined that the paint test patch was stuck on, (Fusion Mineral Paint has great adhesion!) I started to paint.
Fort York Red is a very beautiful, bright red color. Clear and bright colors typically need an extra coat or two. These dark brown tables needed 4 coats of Fort York Red for full coverage.
The last coat dried a day before any transfers were applied.
Unpacking the rub-on transfers, I carefully cut each design out, to place them one by one on the tables.
Rub-on transfers can be layered on top of each other. Mixing and matching the designs is super fun.
To apply the transfer to the table, (a very basic explanation) it’s peeling the white wax paper off the back. Then placing the transfer, sticky side down, to the table where you want it. To get it separated from the plastic front film is a matter of rubbing the plastic to push the transfer to adhere to the table.
For this small nesting table set, I decided to put the transfers on each horizontal surface.
The final step is to top coat. The transfers I stock in the shop have approved top coats, Fusion Tough Coat is approved. I chose it in matte finish for these Christmas tables. Here’s a quick video post I wrote showing you how to apply Tough Coat to achieve a beautiful clear finish.
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Here are more Christmas decorating DIY projects I’ve written about on this DIY blog: