Saturday, December 29, 2012

French Clock Long Coffee Table

Snow is falling, snow on snow, snow on snow...
What better to do than finish another hand-painted coffee table?

I love this one - it's a bit different than the past French shabby chic tables I've done.  Dare I say I like it best?

I need to start keeping the camera on hand for 'process' photos.  A New Year's resolution, perhaps?

As always, fantastic graphics are care of the amazing Graphics Fairy.  The two major images are the "Steampunk Alarm Clock" and a large "Fleur De Lis."  I promise, a quick search on the Graphics Fairy site and you can have these images for yourself!

I tried using my Christmas present of an air powered paint spray gun (bought with gift cards from my lovely hubby-hubster!) to speed up painting the table. 

I over-thinned the paint and had to experiment with the rate of spray.  I ended up over-spraying quite a bit, but with a little practice I'm going to be IN LOVE with the new sprayer! 

It's a Wagner HVLP Control Spray Paint Gun and I bought mine at Home Depot.  They're readily available online as well as other hardware/building supply stores.

Clean up was super-easy considering the amount of paint that travels through it, and I especially liked that it's not overly heavy or awkward to handle.  The large and small paint containers it comes with are also a nice addition. 

And, in case you're a bit of a geek like me, HVLP stands for 'high volume low pressure.'  Good times!

The table waiting for a coat of finishing paste...and I'm waiting to try a can of Annie Sloan Clear Wax, but not sure if the fantastic individual who was going to hunt it down in St. Thomas for me was able to get her hands on it!  If not, it'll be good ol' MinWax Finishing Paste for this one!

Wondering how I transfer these images?  I've used a variety of techniques in the past, but the easiest and fastest way I've found involves projecting the image using a portable projector and my computer. 

This means I only go over the image once and then do touch ups with my marker afterwards. 

Other methods include tracing, using graphite/pencil rubbed on the back of the image, CitraSolv, or a method I've never really mastered involving Mod Podge.  There are lots of great online tutorials out there if you're looking!

I'm also a HUGE fan of using permanent markers or paint pens over paint & small brushes for the details.  I have way more control and I think the overall finish looks more professional and less blotchy than paint - plus, it's faster (and likely cheaper!). 

 This lovely lady is for sale - $75!
Since I used six graphics from The Graphics Fairy website, I'm linking up to her 'Brag Monday' post.  Take a look - and check out all the other fantastic links.


I'm also sharing this post over at Miss Mustard Seed's blog on Furniture Feature Friday. 
Such an inspiring source of information!
Furniture Feature Fridays


  1. Wow! I love that table. You have some serious talent. I may have to take you advice and investin some permanent markers. Love your stuff.

    1. Thanks! I love making things so it doesn't feel like work. You totally should think about the permanent marker option...especially if you do a lot of 'line' work...they're great for that. I don't *love* how they fill in dark space if you have a large section to fill, but they can't be beat for lettering and fine detailing! Good luck - let me know how it goes!!

  2. Emily, your table came out amazing! I am a big fan of the paint pens. I use them in almost all of my graphics. I love the layered look you created. Well done! Dee from My Painted Stuff.

  3. Hi Dee,

    Thank you! I use a combination of paint pens and permanent markers, too! When I'm feeling especially cheap I fall back on the permanent markers. ;) Thanks for the positive feedback - I look forward to checking out your blog.

  4. That is one detailed table! Its amazing! I found you featured at Gail's My Repurposed Life and started snooping around your blog some more. hee hee

  5. Thanks, Beth! I loved it and was sad to see it to - it was snapped up too soon in my opinion! But really, I can't complain. :)

  6. Wauw what an amazing table! I love it! Would like to have it in my house.

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