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 Wood Plank World Map

I’ve been meaning to blog this for pretty much a month now! ¬†Sorry this is so late! ¬†I’ve had a lot of questions about how I did this large world map. ¬†It’s no secret that I use the Silhouette Cameo to cut stencils for projects like this, but the catch is, the Cameo only cuts 12″ wide. ¬†So basically I had to design and cut this like a puzzle in many (i think 4 or 5) sections.

Before I geIMG_4052t into those details, I just wanted to share quick how I did these wood planks that were old fence boards once upon a time. ¬†First after cutting the boards I drilled holes on each side. ¬†Then i stained some of the boards with grey stain and some with antique walnut both by Minwax. ¬†Once they were dry I used FAT’s dark wax over the boards and concentrated it in the drill holes to make it look like it wasn’t freshly drilled. ¬†so Voila! ¬†i was so happy with how these old fence boards turned out!

So back to where it all started. ¬†First thing first. ¬†I had my map shape on the Silhouette Studio and sized my board to be the size I wanted my sign to be. ¬†I have a 12×24 cutting map so once I measure out the size of map that I wanted I began cutting the map into 12×24″ pieces using the knife tool. ¬†Then I copy and pasted the rest of the map that didn’t fit on the 12×24 page to a new page and continued to do so until it was all ready to cut on about 4 or 5 separate pages! ¬†I hope that makes sense!
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Once everything was cut on vinyl I pealed away the landmasses and used the outline as my stencils.  It was tricky measuring out and piecing the puzzle together evenly, but it just takes patience and attention to detail.  I had my computer with the full map open so I could keep referring back to it as I laid my pieces over the wood sign.   I trimmed down my stencils that were still attached to transfer paper and then taped the upper and lower pieces of each land mass together from underneath, mainly to keep the pieces together and be able to space everything out properly.

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Here’s how it looked once I had it all stuck to the boards!

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From there I made sure to seal the inside edges with mod podge that I thinned down with water a little bit.  Once that was dry I applied a couple layers of white paint, and when the paint was still a little bit wet I peeled the vinyl away!  Sometimes little bits of your paint might peel up with your vinyl or some of the paint might bleed (especially if your wood is bumpy or uneven) but thats an easy touch up with either a paint brush or a light sanding.  To finish the project i did do a light sand over the land masses to distress them a bit and then I applied a dark brown wax to make the land masses not so stark white, but more worn in with the boards.

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So there you go!!! ¬†I hope that was clear! ¬†I likely missed something and I hope it wasn’t too confusing! ¬†Please ask questions if you have any and I’ll do my best to answer them! ¬†A lot of times I just make things up as I go but I’m always willing to share my methods!!!
Thanks for reading!

Game Changer

You may have noticed I’ve stepped up my sign game. There’s no shame in my game! My process of making signs used to be a long drawn out process that was only speeding up my chances of arthritis! I’d print off my words and with carbon paper under the printer paper Id transfer the letters one by one pushing with all my hand strength to ensure a good transfer onto already rough and bumpy reclaimed wood – then I would hand paint each letter – going over and over trying to eliminate brush strokes and make for an even application. The process was a lot of work, and it worked fine, but i knew if I wanted to be making more signs id need to look into investing in the process!
Heres a sign I hand transferred, it turned out great but took me days to finish!

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And here are some handpainted signs I made for my nieces:

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Enter my super supportive hubby, an awesome sale at Michaels and the Silhouette Cameo! Game changer right there! I did my research and decided I really wanted the Silhouette over the Cricut – I don’t know if you’ve experienced life chasing after 2 boys (5 and 2) but i knew keeping track of extra cartridges etc just wasn’t my jam!
I love that the Cameo uses all the fonts on my computer and can trace my own pictures and I can create my own designs so easily! Here she is with a a banner I made!

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I’ve had a couple “fails” as they say, but after a couple months I think I’ve worked out most of the kinks and am feeling pretty confident with my cameo-ing abilities!
Here are a couple of my fave signs I’ve made so far

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I know there are so many more great things I can do with this machine but for now the vinyl stencils have won me – they totally sped up my sign making process but I feel like I’ve kept the creative, personal flair that comes with making a handmade sign – I love that!

Another win was yesterday I made my own pricetags for my upcoming market! Last year I spent a silly amount of money buying similar ones from Michaels (probably close to $20).
Last years tags:

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I spent $2.50 on the paper to make these!!! Holla!

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If you’re looking to speed up your crafting game i totally would recommend the Silhouette! I don’t really have an opinion on the Cricut as I’ve never tried it – I know I just took the chance with the Cameo and I’m soooo happy with it!