Monday, April 9, 2012

Eiffel Tower Accent Table - Oui! Je t'aime!

OMG! I am so excited to share this table with y'all! I think it is one of my favorite to date. Of course, most of the time, my new project is always my new favorite! ;) This table started out as a vintage find from Goodwill with lovely dovetail jointed drawers. /drool

First I gave her a good wipe down and two coats of KILTZ primer. The primer was followed up with several coats of Krylon ivory. Simple enough, right?

As soon as I saw her I knew I wanted to do some type of, as I call it, "Frenchy" typography. So I did a little searching and created a custom design using the Eiffel Tower, it's date of completion, a Fleur-de-lis, and the words "Eiffel Tower" in a beautiful typography print.

I tried several methods of recommended transfers. None of them worked. There were a few others that looked promising, but I didn't have all the necessary supplies - and, impatient me, couldn't wait until the next day to get them! So I used what I had! Initially I printed the design out reversed because that was what the initial transfer instructions required. However, my way doesn't really need it reversed - in fact, it would be easier the normal way.

So, I colored the "correct" side (the side that I wanted it to be facing) with chalk. I used blue because it seemed to be the darkest that I had. Then I laid the design on the table chalk side down. Next, take a pen or a pencil - whatever - and trace all of the lines of your design. This should leave a nice tracing pattern on your piece. I used a Sharpie paint marker to trace the outline, so I had a more permanent guide for my painting.

I used acrylic paint to fill in the picture. The top of the tower was difficult to trace, so I just free-handed that portion. If I had not reversed the design, it would have been easier to follow the lines if they were face up and not face down.

I can never leave the inside of my drawers alone! This time, instead of lining them, I painted them! Then I used a Fleur-de-lis stencil to add that much loved hidden character!

Once the picture was complete, I dry glazed the piece along the nooks. This is the perfect technique for a piece that is mainly flat. I'll post a tutorial soon. It's really simple!

Probably the most important step is protecting all that acrylic paint on the table top. First I used spray Polycrylic. I sprayed it on first to give an initial layer of protection against my foam brush. Once that was dry, I brushed the remaining layers of polycrylic on for a more protective and smooth finish.
When everything was dry, I added those awesome iron Fleur-de-lis drawer pulls! 

C'est Magnifique!!!

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  1. Now I like your idea and looks pretty easy I think I will have to try it I am the same as you impatient and usually do not have what I need thank you for the tutorial looks beautiful

  2. This is gorgeous! Love all the simple but elegant lines.. such a beautiful transformation. I would love, love LOVE it if you would share with my Pink Hippo Party @

  3. Oui, c'est tres magnifique! Je crois je vous esayer quel que chose come ca aussi! My French writing leaves quite a bit to be desired, I learned by immersion in the culture :) I was attempting to write that I agree it's wonderful! I might try something like this too!

  4. So pretty and so French...Im trying to follow you but I couldnt find any way to do so? help

    1. Thank you! There should be follow options on the top left of my blog...or you can just click the "follow" provided by Blogger waaaay at the top left (next to their search box) of any blogger page. That's how I followed you! ;)

  5. I am very inspired by all of your projects, and am now on the look out for pieces that I can transform. The only suggestion I would have made for this one is having the writing be in french...'la tour Eiffel' would be a nice "authentic" touch, but again very inspiring.

    I'm glad I found your site

    1. Thank you! I never even thought to do it in that for another project! :)

  6. .thanks for sharing