Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Two Bit {Coffee} Tables

Welcome to my first {blogged about} furniture makeover -- a set of nesting tables that I needed to put to use.
I found these girls at a garage sale at least 15 years ago and I only paid $15 for the pair (I remember it well).  The nesting tables are basically wrought iron bases with a solid piece of wood on top.  At the time, I added a bit of molding to the edges of the wood to accentuate the curves of the base and painted the tops gold with burgundy & evergreen details -- hey, it was stylish at the time!
I actually choose the pattern from a piece of fabric from the room they were going in.  

Fast-forward to 2012, and these tables were in our guest bathroom downstairs underneath a stack of linens.  Ignored.

I had no idea what I wanted to paint on them, other then getting rid of what was on them.

So I took them out to the driveway and gave them a good sanding.
SunShine?!  Is that SunShine?!  We haven't seen the light of day in years!!
After they were cleaned up, I decided to give them a makeover and place them in our game room next to the denim sofa.  There was a trunk there now (also in need of a makeover) and tables would be a welcome change.  We spend more time in the game room in the summer -- not just because school is out, but it is a walk out basement and is rather cool during the hot Texas summers!

I wanted to try my hand at painting or transferring a vintage label and starting searching the web.  I love Americana, old advertising and signs and ran across these Coffee Labels at World Label.  Great Resource! I'll be back for more goodies -- I found them through Cathe Holden at Just Something I Made (Thanks Cathe!).
source ::: World Label
I don't drink coffee, but my hubby does and he can often be found in the early morning drinking his coffee with his laptop on the sofa.   I loved the United Home Grocer and Two-Bit Coffee Labels and knew I wanted to include some color on these tables -- AND, I knew I wanted them to have a distressed finish.

Sooooo I gave the table tops a few H E A V Y  coats of Annie Sloan's Primer Red . . . 
. . . and then a good coat of Annie Sloan's Country Grey . . .
Can you see the texture?  hope so :)
. . . and then printed out my Coffee Labels from World Label and pulled out my handy Tracer Projector.
Since I was attempting to recreate these labels in color, I planned on painting them on.  And the Tracer Projector made it easy to transfer the image -- it basically enlarges any image from any printed source (magazine, book etc.) without having to scan it and print it out on a transparency like you would for an overhead projector.  I picked it up from a craft store with a coupon years ago and it was handy for this.
My hand wasn't shaking, it is the texture of the table top I swear!
Once I transferred the images with pencil, I proceeded to paint.  Yippee -- THE FUN PART!!!
I added a bit of Annie Sloan's Arles (yellow) to the Emperor's Silk to warm up the red a bit.  Not necessary, but I like mixing colors :).
The Two-Bit blue is straight out of the can Annie Sloan's Aubusson Blue.  
I purposely left off the tiny writing on the Two-Bit Coffee Label -- it was getting tooo small for me!
Once I was satisfied with how the labels looked painted.  I gave them a coat of clear wax and let it dry.
Then . . . I distressed the table tops by hand sanding them to pieces!  Yay!  Muscles getting a work out!
I wiped them down and added the table tops back to their respective bases.  Then I waxed them some more!  This time with a combination of clear and dark wax . . . 
Comparing tabletops since I started applying the dark wax to the Two-Bit  top.
. . .  until I was happy with the result.
excuse my {needing a pedicure} tootsies and slipper  :p

Me Likey! 

What do you think?  Hard to call them updated with a Vintage Label painted on them isn't it?
After they were wiped down and dry I placed them in their new home . . . downstairs . . .
The Teddy Bear is for me :)
They will definitely get more attention (and sunshine!) now :)

Coffee is now being served.
I must say -- I LOVE the distressed color combination of the ASCP Country Grey over the Primer Red.  It is exactly what this pair was needing.  
Not a great shot -- but you can see a bit of the texture of the table here.
That is a Texas Ranger Bobblehead in the corner -- eerie!
I'm tickled with the finish.
The wrought iron bases are fantastic, so even if we remove these 'tops' and hang them as signs in the pantry, we will have some great bases to worth with.  

I realize this post was long {sorry}, 
and no worries, I will never be offended if you 'skip to the end'.

Thanks for stopping by!  It always THRILLS Me to read your comments -- Thanks so much!
I am Linking Up with :::
•  Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
•  The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday
•  Stuff and Nonsense's Friday's Unfolded
•  Inspiration Friday at The Picket Fence
•  Liz Marie's Link Up with Me
•  Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
•  Vintage Inspiration at Common Ground
•  ReDoux's What Have You ReDone?
•  My Repurposed Life's Catch as Catch Can
•  Decorating Insanity's Furniture Friday
•  Chic on a Shoestring's Flaunt it Friday  
•  Friday Flair Link Party at Whipperberry
•  Mod Vintage Life's Mod Mix Mondays
•  Brambleberry Cottage's Time Travel Thursday
•  My Turn (for us) Freedom Friday
•  Party Time at 36th Avenue
•  Blissful & Domestic's Friday Linky Party
•  No Minimalist Here's Open House Thursday
•  Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Night Special
•  It's Overflowing's It's Overflowing with Creativity
•  From My Front Porch to Yours' Treasure Hunt Thursday
•  My 1929 Charmer's Sundays Best
•  Petite Hermine's Sunday Linky Party
•  Mom on Time Out's Taking Time Out Thursday
•  It's a Hodgepodge Life's Hodgepodge Friday
•  What's Cooking, Love's Showcase Your Talent Thursday
•  Sweet Anne Designs' Sweet Sharing Monday
•  Between Naps on the Porch's Metamorphosis Monday
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•  CedarHill Ranch's Cowgirl Up Party
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•  Homework's Inspiration Board
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•  My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia's Tuesdays Treasures
•  A Stroll through Life's Tabletop Tuesday
•  Claiming our Space's Tout it Tuesday
•  The DIY Dreamer's from Dream to Reality Linky Party


74 comments:

  1. Wow, very pretty and they look lovely in their new home. I would love one of those tracers too.

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    1. Thanks so much Elizabeth, and I greatly appreciate you stopping by! Have a fabulous weekend!!

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  2. Fabulous make over. The difference is astonishing. Great tutorial.

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    1. Thank you! I am no longer hiding them away :)
      Appreciate you stopping in to check them out!
      Enjoy your weekend - Susie

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  3. What a great transformation,so lovely!!

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    1. Thank you! It was a fun project to tackle and it makes me smile to see the pair next to the downstairs sofa. I appreciate that you stopped in! Have a fabulous weekend!
      ♥ Susie

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  4. Susie,

    Those turned out so amazing! I'm blown away by your talent and vision ...

    :)

    Linda

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    1. Linda! You are such an inspiration -- I am such a follower of yours, and just the fact that you 'stopped in' is a huge compliment to me! Thank You!
      ♥ Susie

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  5. This is Melissa@daisymaebelle.com. I just found your sight. Love it! Looks like we started blogging about the same time! I am your newest follower!

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    1. Thank you! I am now a follower of yours as well! So glad you stopped in ♥ Susie

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  6. What an awesome transformation!! You did a terrific job at painting the labels!! You're newest follower (from Redoux). Blessings!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! So appreciate the follow as well! Have a fantastic week!
      ♥ Susie

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  7. They look fabulous - great job! Hats off to you for having them turn out so well with a projector - my hand would have been to shaky.

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    1. Thank you Maureen for the compliment, so happy you stopped in! You can do this! Especially if you distress the painted images afterwards -- they don't need to be perfect :)
      ♥ Susie

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  8. Love how these turned out. I've wanted a projector like that for a long time....guess it's time to ask Santa Claus yet again for one...maybe someday he will process my request. lol Found you over at Gail's MRL.

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    1. Thanks for stopping in -- just stay on Santa's Nice list and I bet you'll receive one for Christmas ;)
      ♥ Susie

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  9. I am so impressed! What a great job you did and I love the tutorial. Especially how you posted the before and after side by side. I love these little tables. Thank you so very much for sharing this post on Freedom Fridays! Have a marvelous week, staring at your little tables:D

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    1. PS I am now following you!

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    2. Thanks Evelyn! Wonderful of you to stop in, and I greatly appreciate the follow :)
      I have you have a beautiful week as well!
      take care ♥ Susie

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  10. These are a-maz-ing, I love them. When I saw your link at My 1929 Charmer, I thought you stretched some coffee sacks over table tops - your great painting and distressing looks SO realistic !

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  11. Thanks for stopping by The Checkered Apple! I hurried right over and to my delight I saw this table makeover you did and it's awesome! I really love the labels and the colors look great next to your couch. And just think you had them hidden away in the house!

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    1. Amazing what I can find hidden away -- :) My house (and garage) could definitely qualify for a major yard sale (much to my dismay!). So happy you stopped in Diane!
      Hope you have a marvelous week - Take Care!
      ♥ Susie

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  12. I've always loved vintage graphic design since I was a kid... these are adorable!

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    1. Thank you! I am drawn to the old vintage American labels myself!
      ♥ Susie

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  13. Wow, this turned out just awesome! Totally love the colours and how distressed they are. Excellent project!

    Shared on FJI Facebook and pinned for SNS 135. :)

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150950544811141&set=a.192514281140.164586.175378011140&type=1&theater

    Donna

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    1. Thank you Donna! I feel in love with the colors too and am pleased with how they turned out. Thank you for pinning and sharing this project! Very much appreciated. Love your Saturday Night Special Linky Party -- it always fills me with inspiration.
      Take care!
      ♥ Susie

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  14. Love love love these!!!! Who doesn't love good signage?!??!?!?! And how great to recreate something you already had on hand. I love being able to do that too....

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    1. Thanks Rachel -- appreciate you stopping in!
      ♥ Susie

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  15. These look like authentic old labels! I LOVE them!!!

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    1. Thank you -- WorldLabel.com was the perfect resource for this project, so happy I ran across them.
      Have a fabulous week!
      ♥ Susie

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  16. Susie, the table redo is wonderful. The labels are perfect and the distressed look should be right at home in your game room. I'm going to have to go look at that label site. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Ann -- I enjoyed working on the project and WILL Definitely be using WorldLabel.com again. They have some Vintage Flour Labels that would be perfect to paint on a tray and hang in my kitchen. So you will see me use them again for sure!
      Hope you have a fabulous week! take care
      ♥ Susie

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  17. These turned out beautiful! Love the distressed look. They look great next to the denim couch!

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  18. Totally genius. I love it. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Marty! Thanks for coming by! Appreciate you hosting and so happy that you had a chance to stop by. Hope you are having a fabulous week!
      ♥ Susie

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  19. wow - these are fantastic! love love love everything about them! Coming over from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia to say hello! xoox, tracie

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    1. Thank you Tracie! I am looking forward to visiting the cottage -- I appreciate you stopping by, and for the wonderful compliment :)
      ♥ Susie

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  20. Every time I think I could not possibly be amazed one more time, there it is...another something fabulous! I am in love with the images you put on these and the distressing and paint colors...even the bobble head in the background. Wow. just too cool. Do some more, do some more... because I don't have a transfer thingy machine and I like watching other people do cool stuff. Ha! Come by and see me at Quirky Vistas sometime.
    Liz

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    1. Thank you Liz! I will definitely be visiting your site. So tickled you stopped in, it has been wonderful seeing new faces :)
      Take care ♥ Susie

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  21. amazing transformations on your tables susie! I can't believe you hand painted them! fabulous!
    great tute!
    gail

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    1. Thanks Gail! It was a fun project and completely worth the effort :)
      So glad you stopped by!
      ♥ Susie

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  22. love the makeover and i would love to feature your tables, if that would be ok with you please let me know,
    lauren

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    1. Lauren, I would be honored if you did feature these tables. Thank you!
      ♥ Susie

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    2. you can check out the feature here
      http://westfurniturerevival.blogspot.com/2012/06/revival-monday-65.html
      thanks again for letting me show your work
      lauren

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  23. Wow, what a fabulous makeover. I am really impressed. I would love for you to visit me at My Dream Canvas.

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    1. Anu, your blog is lovely :) Thanks so much for stopping by and introducing yourself.
      ♥ Susie

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  24. I love love love these. I am trying to figure out where I can get an overhead projector, some nesting tables and more artistic skill so I can make a pair of my own for our family room. I would love it if you would share at my linky party Tout It Tuesday http://www.claimingourspace.com/2012/05/tout-it-tuesday-8.html

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    1. Thank you for the compliment and for reaching out to me with the invite to join your Linky Party! I was eager to link up. I am a new follower as well. Hope you continue to have a great week!
      Take Care ♥ Susie

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    2. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! And I am following you back!

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  25. I love the re-do. These are great coffee tables and I love the antique look to them! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you at the next party!

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    1. Thanks Alyssa! So happy that you stopped in, and wonderful of you to host the party!
      ♥ Susie

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  26. What a totally terrific transformation, Susie! I love everything about the tables now. They went from dated to darling! ;)

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. Hope to see you each week. Be sure to stop in tonight, and see yourself featured.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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    1. Thank you Liz! I Hope to Join the party each week :) and greatly appreciate that you were able to stop in for a closer look. Have a beautiful week!
      ♥ Susie

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  27. Me likey too! What a wonderful transformation, thank you for sharing this technique. Saw you featured at Brambleberry Cottage.

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    1. Thanks Betsy, so glad you stopped in! I'm tickled to be featured :), and I love your antique brush makeover -- simply gorgeous! Take care --
      ♥ Susie

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  28. Your tables turned out so fabulously!! I really love the coffee transfer idea. Congrats on being featured on My Repurposed Life. That's exciting. Again, so fab! ~ Jamie

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  29. Oh my word...these are so, so fabulous! I'm so glad I saw your project featured over at My Repurposed Life. Will so many people using vinyl and transfers these days, it's really impressive and commendable to see a work of art like yours that's done by hand!

    Jenn
    Rook No. 17

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  30. Wow they look great! You are so talented!

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  31. Oh my goodness, I love everything about these! The graphics are awesome and the finish looks spectacular and so perfectly vintage!

    I just finished a multi-colour painted sign and know how tedious it is to get the look. Now I'm wondering if I can use my Silhouette to cut one of the images. Thanks for the labels tip!

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  32. Great job! Congrats on your first furniture post! You'll be hooked now! You did a lovely job!
    Blessings, Lorraine

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  33. WAY TO GO SUSIE!! They turned out PERFECT!!! What a great idea to use a projector!!!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  34. Love them.... pinned 'em. You did a great job.

    ~Bliss~

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  35. love the projector...what a great tool! These are soo cute!

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  36. Congrats!! You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer - From Dream To Reality! Come grab your featured button :)
    http://thediydreamer.blogspot.ca/2012/06/from-dream-to-reality-linky-party-19.html

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  37. Those turned out AMAZING, they look like they could be sold in some expensive retro store. I never thought of just using a projector for painting on furniture....very cool.

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  38. Wow... you did a fabulous job of painting and antiquing these! They are gorgeous!! :)

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I love reading your comments! Thanks so much for sharing with me.
♥ Susie