Our sunroom is very long and narrow with lots of windows, which I adore. I wanted to get a bistro set to put in there so Steve and I could sit and have coffee in the morning or some wine in the evening. I looked for a long time online but most of the ones I saw were either outdoor sets, super expensive, or not the look I was going for at all. So I decided to order this one I found on Amazon and then transform it into something different.
I spray painted the base and wood top white.
I wanted to do something a little different to the top to make it a little more personal. I decided I would put the lyrics to our wedding song, “You’re My Best Friend” by Queen on the table top. I hemmed and hawed about how to do this. I thought about stenciling, decoupaging, or transferring the words from printed paper but finally decided to use my own handwriting. I never really liked my handwriting, it isn’t the neatest, but it’s mine and it makes the piece more personal…so I went with it.
I used a ruler to make sure it was straight and wrote as much of the lyrics as I could. I knew I planned on whitewashing the table after I finished the writing so I was going to use oil paint to go over the handwriting so it wouldn’t run and then I found this in Michael’s…
Oil based Sharpie Paint Pen….awwweesome! It was much easier than having to use a paintbrush for the whole thing. After I finished going over the handwriting I erased any stray pencil marks. Next, I mixed the paint with some water to make whitewash and then just brushed it over the top of the table.
After it was dry, I sanded the table and base, as well as the chairs to give it an aged look. I then went back and did a second coat of whitewash. I applied two coats of polycrylic that I got from Home Depot to seal the top. And that’s it…a great spot to watch the wildlife outside our window.
I have two other pieces of furniture in our garage that I’m working on now. What projects have you been up to lately?
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