Friday, March 27, 2015

The little blue toy table

Yes, yes, I AM taking a break, as I said in my last post. This is one of those random posts.

First off, I realize that people are assuming that cancer is the reason for me taking down time. Oh no, it's much worse than that. I was in a car crash and broke my femur. Later I'll write a post about my 15 fun-filled days in the hospital and how I've grown to love my walker. And my Grabber - one of man's greatest inventions! Who knew?

Meanwhile, let's look at furniture. I can only work on small things now, so I decided to put a transfer on this little table. This table really was found in pieces at the back of a barn. My barn. I ran across it when I was looking for hardware and looking in all the boxes. There it was, legs taken off, one leg broke in two. I have no idea where it came from or when.

There is no before picture...... again. But you can pretty much see what it looked like pre-transfer.....

because I didn't sand or paint the table. After I fixed the broken leg and put the table together, I thought it looked perfect as it was. So authentic!


We lovers of milk paint strive hard to get this patina.

 I love how the paint has chipped away to show old paint colors and two colors of wood.

Here we have the finished table with the transfer.

The chippy paint texture showed right through.

Even big areas showed through.

My learning-curve moment.
I spent a bunch of time with colored pencils pumping up the red in the spring horse, and deepening the shadows. Then when I applied clear wax all that work wiped away. I decided to just let it go. The horse would just have to be as it was.
However, not wanting that to happen again, I got online to my favorite art website, Dick Blick, and ordered oil-based colored pencils. I'm hoping that's the answer.......

The image is my own photography. i sell digital downloads of my images, some of which can be seen on etsy.

 Folded down neatly.

So the new table joins the other little blue tables that I can't seem to part with.

What to do, what to do....... I think the one in the far left of the photo will be the one I keep. I painted it a few years ago and couldn't bring myself to sell it. Since then whenever I approach it with a tag I get the screaming heeby-geebies and can't do it. Although I occasionally have it on etsy at some ridiculously high price that no one would pay. They would have to love the table as much as I do.

I have a couple more little tables coming up.

Linking to:
shabby nest
miss mustard seed
french country cottage