Find the artist😉
I have a confession to make, I have never felt like an accomplished artist and yet I should!
Perhaps this is due to the fact that I believed that to reach this it was necessary to have a master’s degree in art or have an innate gift in drawing and painting. A bit like my father who paints on canvas identical to a photo.
In short, I am not in this category. In fact, it was while painting I was painting two coffee tables that I realized that I am an artist too. And that I have to say it loud and clear to convince myself.
And at that precise moment, I told myself that many were like me and wouldn’t dare to embark on the transformation of an old piece of furniture that belonged to a family member and passed down from generation to generation and which was clearly not up to date…..
Yes! It’s true, many dreams of saying:
“I re-did my new decor myself! I even spruced up my dresser”.
But the fear of messing up or falling short prevents most from taking on such a challenge.
Or maybe you yourself would like to do some furniture updating but don’t consider yourself good enough. Well, that’s why I want to tell you about these tables.
The artist in us !!!
I had looked at their unique allure for a long time and wondered what style they had. In what setting they were going to be able to put it. Because making a piece of furniture without knowing who is going to buy it is hard. In short, I had imagined a very “glamourize” style with blue and gold and frosted windows instead of clear. I know! It sounds strange, but it was pretty in my Artistic head!
When I started the project, which was very simple, I fell in love with the effect of the all-in-one primer painted with a brush on the dark wood. I thought to myself, I’m going to create the beach wood effect discoloured by water and sun.
I immediately adopted the idea and changed my plan because I had just discovered the personality of these two tables.
What I’m trying to say is, being an Artist is about letting our imaginations go, listening to our “feeling”, not being afraid to make mistakes and to try/making mistakes. Because most of the time I learn from my mistakes and discover something new like a new technique or an unexpected inspiration. But you have to get started and go for it. Paint can be wiped off, you can also let it dry, sand and start over.
I have clients who have lots of ideas but don’t dare to repaint everything on their own for fear of doing it wrong! So I want to help you achieve what you want by telling you the truth! Believe me, I’m no more of an artist than you are. I only do what makes my heart happy, which is to let my creativity go by putting a lot of love into this very energizing hobby. I am also convinced that you too have potential and that you can challenge yourself!
Since I was not able to leave only the all-grip primer effect on the wood, I painted using the colour Acai Berry with a brush to create a texture and I finished with the colour Cotton ball also applying it with the brush. Then I played with my brush as if I was doing makeup on the wood to remove paint in some places, add to others and give a very aged look overall. After that, I took brush number 6 for the wax. But I found its size and shape perfectly to control the effect of my brush strokes on the small area I had to paint.
I only put one coat of each colour, remembering to sand between each one. Finally, I sanded the final coat with # 200 paper to soften the texture to the touch and then varnished my work.
What I didn’t tell! This is what happens between my initial idea and the end of my project. It’s a professional secret! But between you and me, I can tell you….
I was talking about trial and error earlier, and that’s what happened to me.
Moreover, I wanted to frost the glass with a product specially designed to do that. But in my opinion, is not ideal for tables because the adhesion is not great. I didn’t like the result so I tried painting the window white but as they say, I messed it up by using the wrong tool. I finished this idea with a lot of water and a scraper to remove whatever I had just done. In short, as I said, everything is erased and ready to start all over again. The glass is like new (light colour), that’s part of the risks, but I learned about the use of products and materials.
Despite the extra work that I created for myself, I like the end result which is both simple and easy to use!
With that, I wish you the courage to try a lot of projects and to have fun!