Over the Easter weekend, in between putting coats of paint on the kitchen cabinet doors (did I mention that you have to wait 16 hours between coats?), I gave one of the worktables in my craft room a facelift.
It was just a plain Ikea dining room table that I'd given a couple of coats of white paint last summer. I started off by drawing in my diamonds with a straight edge and a pencil, marking which ones were to be painted, then taping off the lines with painters' tape. Because the tape is so wide, I wouldn't be able to paint all of the diamonds at the same time - I'd have to wait for the first set to dry and then re-tape the table. The paint I used was a Behr colour tester in "butter cookie".
I don't have any photos of painting in the diamonds, but note that I painted along the edges with white paint to seal the tape and keep any yellow from seeping under.
Once the tape was removed I realized that painting in the other half of the diamonds would make the table too busy. I decided to add smaller circles between the diamonds instead. I used my Silhouette to cut a 2.5 inch circle out of adhesive vinyl and just kept moving it along the table as I went.
The first "after" picture I took was after I'd sanded it, so you can't see how sharp the lines came out, though since I sanded them maybe it doesn't matter. I had to use the power sander as that paint wasn't going anywhere without a fight! I wanted the table to have an old, weathered appearance, like it had been used for years and the yellow was fading.
After sanding it I just gave it a wipe down with a damp cloth and it was good to go, no need to seal it.
I'm slowly building up this room to where I want it to be. Lots of soft, relaxing tones offset with white. And a splash of colour here and there.
I'm linking up here this week!