“Simple is beautiful. You only need one or two. Use china. Use Great Grandma’s silver. Drink good wine.”
Do it yourself. It’s worth it.
I have a round IKEA table, purchased years ago from the ‘As Is’ department. It’s looking worse for wear after a decade and many clinks of cutlery. The nicks and scratches distract. The table is more grunge than ‘shabby chic’ or ‘Scandi’ design.
What to do: donate, destruct, or paint? The table’s simple shape works for the small dining space. I’m trying to leave less of a footprint on the environment. The table I’d choose today is pricey and outside the budget.
Decision made. Paint it.
A gentle touch of fine grit sandpaper scuffs the surface. I brush on a light coat of BEHR ALKYD SEMI-GLOSS ENAMEL:BLANC.
There is hope. After a second coat of paint, the brush strokes begin to mix and blend. The chips and dents appear less visible.
Here is the ‘before’ and the look ‘after’ three coats of paint. The table needs another light sand and a final top coat.
I can’t wait to show off the finished look.
• Did you know? IKEA allows returns from the ‘As Is’ department. They want happy consumers.
A few favourite sites: Houzz.com
Rachel Ashwell’s Shabby Chic
Trays. Always simple, always useful.
DIY: ‘Subway Style’
Create your own Subway Style art work on canvas or wood. I chose canvas for this project. Select a quote or write your own.
This is a reasonably priced project.
• Craft Paint (For this project I chose a white base with a slate coloured overlay.)
• Mod Podge- optional
• Hazel and Ruby “large” letters- there are many options to choose- check out Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.