This post is a long time coming. I actually had it written… (many) months ago, while I was still on the Blogger platform. (before moving my blog to WordPress)
And you would have seen it long ago but…….it disappeared.
Poof! Gone one day, never to be seen again. Not sure what happened to it? But I was not a happy camper! Nope.
But I learned my lesson pretty quickly after that. All posts get saved elsewhere once written. Something I suppose I should have been doing all along. Soooo…..
….guess it was time for a rewrite…finally. (I mean, it is part of my Facebook header and I haven’t even talked about it on my blog yet..until today)
And well, because I also picked up an adorable table at the thrift store a while back for $8….that I’m going to paint a compass rose on, for me! (Which, in turn, got me inspired to tackle this post once more.)
The 2 tables you see here were not for my home. The first one above I painted early last year and it went to and was sold at the shop. The one below was a gift for my sister’s birthday….over a year ago.
I love Compass Roses and anything nautical really. I should, I live right by the coast, right? Why I haven’t painted something with a compass rose on it for myself before now, I have no idea.
But I’m going to… soon.
I’m thinking more like the first one I posted but with the colors from the second one. My inspiration for that one came from this little knob here….
Blurry, sorry. Old photo. But you get the idea. I had originally planned to add this knob to the little round table but in the end didn’t. (It didn’t really have a drawer…just a pull to a “fake” drawer shown in the picture below- what’s the point of that? So I left it off.)
This was the table before the pretty paint job….I know….what the?
Well, it was a whole $6 from the thrift store and it had THE MOST PERFECT super slick top to test out adhesion properties of some paints I was trying at the time. Poor, sad little thing stayed that way for quite awhile.
After the testing was done –can you guess who the winner was?? …read on–> …I sanded it well and then painted it with Pure White Chalk Paint ® and a blend of Napoleonic Blue/Graphite (also Annie Sloan Chalk Paint ® ) to get the Navy color.
Those are my hand made soaps in the background. I’ve been making soap for about 15 years now. I used to own my own company selling natural soaps and soy wax candles (among other natural products)…but that feels like it was a lifetime ago now.
I am going to deviate a bit and do a natural soap post soon though. If you are interested, keep an eye out for it.
So back to the table…I drew the design on paper first to get the measurements how I wanted them for each line.
Then I found the center of the table and got started….(this is the same for both styles I have in this post)
You can see the long lines I drew to find the center. And no, my other lines are not “perfect” but they don’t have to be….it’ll work out.
Doesn’t look like much yet…..
Adding to the design…..(it’s “off” a little but that’s okay..you’ll see)
Finished design (I used a navy blue watercolor pencil to do this since I will be painting it in with the Chalk Paint ® I mixed up in the Navy Blue color)
Now it’s starting to look like something….
Areas of the Compass Rose painted in….a little tedious but like I’ve said in some of my other posts, I like this kind of mind numbing work. It’s actually relaxing and cheap therapy!
Added the lettering (using a stencil)….then distressed it all just a tiny bit…..
Finished up with a coat of Annie Sloan Clear Wax…. a little buffing and it was complete.
These were both so much fun to do. I am really looking forward to starting on my new piece.
I love both styles I did but just adore the complexity (not really, it only looks complex as you saw) of this one.
So there you have it.
Just measure, draw some lines and then paint “in the lines”, right? Anyone can do it!