Gold Dipped Drop Leaf Table Makeover

Over a year ago I bought this little number off of Kijiji. When I received it, the top had more damage to the veneer than I anticipated, and I knew it was going to take a big effort to update, so it sat… For over a year, until the right person just happened to notice it in this photo I posted on my Instagram.


You can hardly see it and it’s details on the left hand side of this photo but my customer had an eye for pretty things!

Here it is before I got to work, it really became a catch all in my garage… so neglected ūüė¶


¬†I have never stripped veneer off of furniture before, but I knew it could be a challenge. ¬†So I got out some high grit stand paper and a flat knife and began peeling. ¬†I peeled with the knife what I could and oh how satisfying it was to peel off a big chunk of veneer, but there were moments where I fully had to sand down the veneer – two and a half later I had finished just the middle section! ūüė≥
I missed taking pictures of this process, as I was fully focused on the grunt work.  But once I had it smooth and sanded, i moved onto sanding those legs.

I needed a break from the top, so after sanding down and prepping the legs I used my favourite gold spray paint and lightly added layers of gold, letting fully dry before each coat. ¬†Once the spray paint had fully dried, i measured and taped off where I wanted the legs to be dipped to and began painting the rest of the base. ¬†I primed each step with Zinssers stain blocker. ¬†When you’re tackling really old furniture it’s almost a guarentee that it will bleed, especially if veneer is involved and your bright white colour (or whatever colour you’re using) will dry to have a gross yellow look to it – and no matter how many coats of paint, it wont go away. ¬†So you’ll save paint, time and your sanity if you just use a primer/stain blocker from the get go! ¬†¬†The veneer was in really good condition on the actual drop leafs and since I was painting the whole thing I ended up leaving that veneer and just sanded it down. ¬†Although I was using chalk paint, sometimes it’s still necessary to sand furniture. ¬†I much prefer to sand down old surfaces to get the years of grease, and grime off rather than scrubbing it down! ¬†During this process there were a couple edges that I had to fill with wood filler and smooth out, but that’s a much easier process than stripping the veneer!

Here’s a quick shot of the table flipped and the coats of the stain blocker and fat paint. ¬†Being a drop leaf, I had to make sure the underneath looked just as pretty as the top! ¬†I did end up lightly painting the hinges too, but just lightly so that they wouldn’t lock up.

Once I flipped her back over, i finished the table tops using a couple coats of stain blocker and a couple coats of Warm White Fat Paint. ¬†I do use a synthetic bristle brush when using chalk paint – as a roller soaks up and wastes so much. ¬†So I do end up with some brush strokes. ¬†My secret to smoothing down brush strokes is using a slightly damp sanding sponge between coats. ¬†Make sure your paint is fully dry before doing so, and lightly sand over your surface wiping as you go. ¬†It creates such a nice buttery finish. ¬†I used multiple coats of General Finishes Flat Top Coat on the entire piece. ¬†It goes on so nicely and provides such a great top coat. ¬†It’s my favourite!
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I had the table finished for a couple days and it was just hanging out in my garage before i could deliver it and I thought it needed a special touch.  So I used my Silhouette Cameo to add a special little pop inside the drawer.

Please ignore my terrible garage shoes – i’ve stolen them from my hubby – and they’re awesome and terrible lol.
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Now this wonderful piece is in it’s new home over at Greater Goods¬†and it’s so perfect in this space. ¬†It was such a pleasure to make something for them to display so many local pretties on! ¬†This labor of love was 100% worth the work!!

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DIY Floral Monogram

It’s been quite the week. ¬†Sick kids, appointments to the allergist, and respiratory specialist, a visit to the walk in clinic, passport office, medicine three times a day for one, puffers two times a day for the other, orders to finish and to be picked up, and then on top of it I hosted three small online garage sales!
It got to the point today, where I just wanted to start and finish something just because – just because I wanted to! ¬†So I did, and believe you me, craft therapy is real! ¬†The Lord just knew what I needed! ¬†After dropping my biggest little at the bus, my littlest little fell asleep in the car, and transferred to his bed without a hitch! ¬†I brewed myself some (more) coffee, turned on Netflix and got my craft on! ¬†I’m so happy with how it turned out so I figured I’d share it all with you in what appears to be my quarterly blog! ¬†I didn’t take a million tutorial pictures along the way, but I’ll share with you what I know! ¬†First things first. ¬†Michaels has a BOGO sale going on for all of their floral stems! ¬†So I bought all of these – regular $49 for $25!

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Gotta love a sale like that. ¬†And if there was no sale, there would’ve been no crafting for me today, and I wouldn’t have this post successful craft high that I’m on right now!

Next I took my wire cutters and snipped off all those pretty flowers and some of the leaves that I would use for filler – and then took a picture of it – cuz gosh these are some pretty fake flowers!
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As my hot glue gun warmed up, I found an old diaper box kicking around and just free hand drew a letter R (for our last name) and took an exacto knife and carefully cut it out. ¬†I tried my best to make it proportionate and straight, but true story – i’m not a perfectionist, and i knew these flowers would hide any of my crazy cutting skills. ¬†In case you’re wondering how my letter looked before I covered it with pretty flowers, well i forgot to take a picture. ¬†But I did just snag a pic of the left over diaper box. ¬† Not the worst R in the world hey?IMG_1076.jpg

Then I got hot glue gun happy! ¬†First I grabbed some super glittery ribbon I had kicking around and wrapped a loop around the top of the R for hanging. ¬†After that I didn’t really have a method to my madness, and no pictures to show what I did… I just filled and made it up as I went. ¬†I did however, first place my larger peonies scattered evenly throughout the R, and then went to my medium flowers, and then filled in spaces with smaller flowers, baby breath and finished by gluing the leaves under flowers, I also glued little flowers over top of the leave so they were a little hidden… So i guess I did have a bit of method to my madness! ūüėõ¬†IMG_9558

And well Voila! ¬†I’m so happy with how it turned out. ¬†It’s so springy and happy, and makes this chaotic week that we just went through not feel so bad! ¬†I currently have it hanging outside on my front door, but I’m actually considering bringing it in and incorporating it into my gallery wall. ¬†We’ll see. ¬†I don’t trust Calgary weather to be very nice to it, and if it’s hanging inside I’ll get to stare at it all the time. ¬†Ok, I convinced myself, it’s coming in!

Here are a few pics of the finished product!

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XOXO Meryl

Quick DIY – Trash to Treasure

I feel like I should get paid to thrift shop. ¬†I’m pretty confident in my thrifting skills, but only when it comes to the perimeter of the store… the home decor, the furniture, the frames. ¬†I love clothes shopping as much as the next girl, but when it comes to a thrift store I need to be in the right mind space to sort through ALL. THOSE. CLOTHES…. it’s usually not my thing. ¬†But when it comes to the other stuff, I got that part down. ¬†I have my “thrift circuits” on each end of the city that if I’m going to one, I might as well go to them all, they’re all close enough to each other that it’s worth it to power through them as fast as I can. ¬†I usually can do four in a hour! ¬†That’s including paying and driving to and from each. ¬†Impressed? ¬†I obviously think you should be! ¬†ANYWAYS…IMG_0304. Last week my brother surprised me telling me that he was in the city and so I drove to the other end to see him, which just so happens to be near the north “circuit”… lucky me! ¬†I hit up the four stores and found these gems! ¬†IMG_0432

I’m sure I was getting some looks walking outta the thrift store with this glammed, leopard print, plastic clock. ¬†I sure got some from my hubby when I brought it home. ¬†But I saw it and I had a vision! ¬†I had to have it! (you can’t really see it here, but that leopard print is bedazzled up, kachow!)

First thing first, I had some Krylon Ocean Breeze spray paint on hand – it’s just the prettiest of all the spray paint coloIMG_0435urs isn’t it?! ¬†I didn’t even prime it first to be honest, spray paint is a pretty awesome thing, it sticks like crazy. ¬†I figured since this was just a quick little project for my home, it wasn’t a big deal. ¬†Once it was dry I took some black glaze that I had mixed up and covered the pretty blue then wiped it off lightly until i achieved the vintage, dirty and worn look. ¬†For small glazing projects I’ll sometimes use baby wipes (cuz we always have them). ¬†One will go a long way, as i rinse it out and reuse to wipe off the glaze. ¬†This one I didn’t actually rinse as I wanted the glaze to spread over the surface to dirty it up. ¬†I then did some light distressing on the edges. ¬†Afterwards I sprayed on a clear coat to protect the finish. ¬†Once that¬†was dry I painted the plastic clock face with a couple coats of chalkboard paint and Voila! ¬†Isn’t it fun! ¬†I’m so happy with how it turned out.

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So my tip while you’re thrifting – don’t look at the piece at surface level. ¬†Look at their shape, at what they are made of, their potential. ¬†Don’t look at it for what it is, unless it’s already awesome… It’s kind of like choose your own adventure! ¬†Anything is possible!

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Happy Wednesday, and Happy Thrifting!