It’s themed tour Thursday and the theme this month is “Words/Letters”. And what’s better than a little French typography??
I’m a words, letters, graphics, typography loving girl (as is evidenced by this blog AND my home ;) ) so I am really excited about this month’s theme!
For anyone new, some blogger friends and I get together every month and bring you a themed furniture makeover.
You can see past month’s themes –> here.
Now onto this month’s makeover….a little French typography and whitewash…
It was a bit beat up but nice and solid.
And check out that cool wood pattern on the top.
Couldn’t pass it up…for $6.
I loved the wood pattern so much I decided to sand the top.
I hate sanding but sometimes it is a necessity!
I was actually liking the way the grain held onto the black with the top was looking bleached.
I originally thought I’d leave it that way until I wiped it down…and it looked YELLOW.
I knew it would end up looking yellow once I added the poly or wax coat. (when dry, it looked very bleached, “wet”…yellow)
So I whitewashed it!
I mixed up a little “Old White” Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and water and applied.
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I just worked it in and lightly wiped over.
Now it will stay more “bleached” looking once I put the sealer on top.
Next I set up my projector (that I got off of Craigslist for around $40) and began transferring the image.
I printed out this graphic from The Graphic’s Fairy onto clear label paper to use on the projector.
If you don’t have that, you can have Office Max, or the like, print one out for you.
It only cost pennies..or a couple of quarters. I don’t remember but it wasn’t much last time I had them do one.
I used a black Watercolor Pencil to transfer the image.
I then hand painted it in using “Graphite” Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and a script liner brush…..
Pretty easy, just takes a bit of patience. As I’ve mentioned before, I love it, it’s my “mind therapy” time. :)
Put on some music you like, get comfy and just start painting “in the lines”….before you know it, you are done.
I very lightly sanded the typography and then I added a bit more “whitewash” over the entire top.
See below…the lettering is a bit softer now.
I sealed the top with General Finishes Gel Topcoat.
Some close up shots of the top….
I like how the whitewash ended up looking on the black letters.
I painted the base with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint because I wanted it “BLACK”. (Graphite is more “Charcoal”)
I just LOVE that Lamp Black.
Applies so smoothly….
and is a nice, true, dark black.
Tried styling up the table a bit….
But really just liked it simple…
Or with nothing at all so you can see all the pretty lettering….
…and that gorgeous wood grain pattern I love so much.
So there you have it.
My $6 thrifty find turned Frenchy fun and fabulous! ;)
PIN this easy French typography project for later!!
Be sure to take a look at all of my friends “words themed” furniture makeovers below!
Hope you all have a great weekend!!
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