Butterflies, Chalk Paint & a Little Decoupage

This is an adorable little table that I painted using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and decoupaged with scrapbook stock paper.
Isn’t she the cutest little thing?
Butterflies, Chalk Paint & a Little Decoupage / Artsy Chicks Rule
It was really easy to do!
I found these 3 “nesting” tables…they don’t really nest but I’m not sure what else to call them?

Maybe…Biggest, Smaller, Littlest? Anyway, there were three of them in graduating sizes.
I picked them up at a garage sale for $20.00.

I really should have taken a picture of them all together but I didn’t! Sorry!
And not only that, I also forgot to take a good “before” picture before I started. Oops.
Here is the best shot I have before…
Butterflies, Chalk Paint & a Little Decoupage / Artsy Chicks Rule

The drawer is out because I was already working on the decoupage.
And yep, it’s all dusty because it had been sitting in my garage for a few months before I got to it!

So here is the drawer.
Butterflies, Chalk Paint & a Little Decoupage / Artsy Chicks Rule I mixed up some Elmer’s Glue All with a little water as my decoupage medium.
(Oh my gosh, lovely bag of trash tied up in my picture there. How’s that for being real?! Yep.)

I had this gorgeous butterfly print of scrapbook paper that I picked up at Michael’s for around $1.
I measured it by laying the paper stock across the top of the drawer and lightly bent it where the edges of the drawer were.
I cut it along the lines I created.
Not very scientific but easy and actually very accurate!

I laid it on top of the drawer as pictured above with the glue mixture that I had brushed all over the top of the drawer front. Pressing firmly to remove any bubbles and making sure it was down in all areas.
Here is it back inside the table along with a knob I was considering using.
Butterflies, Chalk Paint & a Little Decoupage / Artsy Chicks Rule

See the wall behind it?? That’s our Board & Batten wall we did in the Kitchen last year.
We are getting ready to start another project in our Family room involving similar walls!
This time even easier (smooth walls in that room…I’ll explain!).
I will be sure to post the tutorial when we are done! I’m so excited!

So, back to the table, after the glue dried I applied a coat of Minwax Polycrylic over the top of the decoupage to seal it.

Next I mixed up some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to come up with this gorgeous teal shade.
If you haven’t noticed yet I mix her paints all the time to come up with different shades.
They mix together beautifully!
Butterflies, Chalk Paint & a Little Decoupage / Artsy Chicks Rule

And another…
Butterflies, Chalk Paint & a Little Decoupage / Artsy Chicks Rule

I painted the metal scroll with the chalk paint also to bring out the detail.
I then distressed it just very lightly.

I finished up with a blend of Annie Sloan Clear & Dark Wax. (a tiny, tiny bit of Dark only)
Just to note, I also put the wax over the metal pieces I painted.
I buffed it all, added a glass knob and she was done!
Butterflies, Chalk Paint & a Little Decoupage / Artsy Chicks Rule

This one sits in my Foyer to the left of the front door under our key rack.
My husband uses the drawer to keep his wallet and other various things in when he comes home at night. Love it!

By the way, the wall behind it we did a few years back. Easy, inexpensive “shortcut” to give your walls a wainscot look. I will try to do a post about that at some point too!

Here is the “middle” sized table.
I used the same sheet of scrapbook stock. It had several rows of different styled butterflies on it.
Butterflies, Chalk Paint & a Little Decoupage / Artsy Chicks Rule
This one got a metal knob dry brushed with the paint.
And it went to the shop.

I have yet to paint the smallest one! It is so tiny I’m not sure what I would do with it?
A plant shelf maybe?
When I do I will be sure to post it. I’m thinking it will end up on my screen porch which is tropically decorated! So bright fun colors & tropical themed decoupage for that one.

Such a fun transformation for several boring little tables! Easy and quick too!

Have you ever attempted decoupage? Or Chalk Paint yet?
Decoupage is very easy and really adds a nice touch to a piece!
And with so many different papers, gift wrap, etc, the possibilities are endless!

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Lovely comments so far...

  1. Caaa-Ute! What a way to get that babies motor running! Yes I am talkin’ about that awesome table! I have never used chalkpaint {crowd gasps} – This makes me want to though!!

  2. What a wonderful idea! I’m loving using chalk paints just started a few weeks back and am hooked!
    TFS
    Aly :o)

  3. Oh that is such a great idea and so beautifully done. Lovely. I have a great giveaway you maybe interested in too xxx

  4. Great job! What a beautiful transformation!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

  5. Love this!- where do you find the chalk paint you used?

  6. Such a cute table and I love the color! I’ve been itching to try the Annie Sloan paints ~ I may break soon.

    Thanks for linking up to Project Inspire{d} and have a wonderful week!

    ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  7. Nancy, this is so pretty! I love the color!

  8. I love what you did with this. I have this exact same table for sale. I painted the top and shelf in zinc (you can see how if you would like on my blog), and the inside of the top in turquoise.

  9. Great job! Just to let you know, the tables were originally sold from Home Interiors, I think they were just under $200 for the set new. So, you got a great deal! I use the smallest one for plants next to an antique childs rocker.

  10. Hi, Nancy

    This is so beautiful and I just love how it came out. By the way, have you ever used a different brand of wax paste beside Annie Sloan’s? I don’t have the her wax and I wanted to use the clear MinWax. What are your thoughts on this? Thanks,

    Vanessa

  11. What a beautiful job!!!
    Which colors did you mix? It looks like Duck Egg blue and white ( my favorite 2 blended colors )
    Your newest follower – ( would love a follow back when you have the time )
    Hugs,
    Suzan

  12. I love it, Nancy!!!! You are so talented!!!

  13. This is fantastic! Would be perfect for my girls!!!

  14. I love the two different tones and adding the decoupage, fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing at Pretty Things this week :)

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

  15. Oh, my, you really rule. This table is beautiful and one of a kind!

  16. Your table look great! I have a question regarding decoupaging and using annie sloan wax. Did you put wax over the deccoupage after you finished? I want to decoupage a few flowers onto a trunk I painted with annie sloan chalk paint. Once I decoupage the images onto the paint, can I wax right over this? This is my first time using ASCP and I would really like to have the look of the wax all over the trunk. I just wasn’t sure if I could use the decoupage medium on the flowers a few times and then wax over everything. Thanks so much!

    • Hi Maria,
      I used poly on that particular one. But you can do wax too. I used poly and wax on these decoupaged cans here. I think either will work fine. (once the medium is dry) :)
      Nancy

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