Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ombre Painted Table

I've had this nagging desire to incorporate a lavender color into our living room decor... this table is my latest victim

I had no idea how to "style" this thing.  I shopped the house and couldn't find anything so I thought I'd draw my accessories onto the table.

Here is what it used to look like

It was natural stained wood when I first got it (it was my husband's).  It looks like it's missing a drawer, so I figured it would be safe to paint.  I had painted the table white and then distressed it.  But it was really boring me, especially next to that white chair.

I brought it outside to paint it with some home made chalk paint (tutorial at No Minimalist Here).

I used Sherwin Williams Imagine for the lighter color and Sherwin Williams Soulmate for the deeper color.  I mixed the two together in a third bucket for the transition between the colors on the table legs.  I had always wanted to try some of the purple hues of Chalk Paint, but I didn't have actual samples to compare the colors to other brands.  I found a great blog post at Altar'd that pinpointed close matches for ASCP colors.  That was all the motivation I needed!

Can you see where I spray painted our deck?  The overspray from another project reached beyond the bounds of my drop cloth... oops!  Thank God I have an uber-forgiving husband!

I used thumb tacks on the bottom of the feet of the table to keep it from sticking to the drop cloth once it was painted.  This is my favorite tip I've learned about painting furniture in the past year!  I don't know the original source...

I painted the feet first in the darker color

I carefully worked my way up the legs, transitioning to the lighter color

Until I got to the top, where I used the lightest color.  Where's the pic of this step?  Good question.  I wish I knew.  I also put two coats of wax on it and then proceeded to leave the table outside as it started drizzling.  Doh!  Actually, that wax is amazing stuff... the raindrops beaded up and rolled right off the table!

And here she is all done

What do you think?  I know purple isn't for everyone but it's been a long-time fav for me.  Thanks so much for visiting today!


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  1. It's so beautiful!! And I love the chalkboard 'accessories'!

  2. Oh this is so cool!! I love the ombre look with the paint! That seems like it'd be so tricky to do, and you did amazing. I love how you styled the tabletop too. Glad to have found you!

  3. AMAZING!!!!!! i am so in love with this table! can i come over and hug it!

  4. I love that table! And the color is amazing, one of my favorite ones!

  5. I really like it! I am your newest follower, found you at Primitive&Proper

  6. This looks amazing!!! Love love love love!

  7. Shirley said:
    I really love the color. Thanks for the blog.

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  9. Jamie -
    Here's what I love about this post:
    A pop of purple is never bad!
    You reused!
    You have 'overspray' left on your deck (I, too, have DIY casualties all around my home).
    You used one of my favorite DIY tips - the push pins on the bottoms of things while painting.
    You drew your table accessories on the wall!!!

    p.s. left a reply to your comment about my DIY ottoman.

  10. Beautiful! I love that the darker color is at the bottom, because it's such a subtle top then.

  11. Super pretty! I love ombre and I love that color too! So cute on that chalkboard wall. Very nice

  12. This looks so pretty! It took my a while to get onboard with the ombre craze, but I really like it.


  13. Just popped over from Ginger Snap Crafts link party. I adore this table, very nicely done! Following along via GFC.

    Kelly @ herringbone lane

  14. Gorgeous idea and so inventive!! I love it. I must get my hands on something to ombre paint :)

  15. Absolutely beautiful! I love this. :) Megan

  16. I love how the table turned out! I would love for you to link up at my party going on right now! (It's my first one!!)


  17. seriously, how did you get the transitions so smooth! it's awesome! i would love for you to add this to my new link party... spreading the love. please go check it out if you are interested!
    {love} lauryn @ love notes by lauryn

  18. Wow! I totally love the color. This is awesome- so glad that you shared it at Things I've Done Thursday!!

    P.S. I launched a great CD giveaway today if you're interested!! http://www.bearrabbitbear.com/2012/03/ummcan-i-get-zumba-dvd-to-this-review.html :)

  19. This is SO great!! I'm your newest follower. I would love a follow in return and I would love if you linked this up to my little party: http://www.nutmegplace.com/2012/03/showoff-saturday-4.html

    Hope to see you there!

  20. I love how this turned out! The purple ombre is great! I featured you today!


  21. Love, love, love it! And thanks for the pushpin tip!


  22. Pretty, pretty little thing! I love it! I just did an Ombre project myself.

  23. I really like this. I wouldn't have thought of doing two-tone!

  24. Awesome project! I love the two tones, and the use of purple!!!

  25. Purple is awesome. Anyone who says otherwise just needs to drink the koolaid and jump on board. I love the subtle ombre effect here. It looks so soft.

  26. This is so cute! We would love to have you link this up to our party! http://griffithsrated.blogspot.com/2012/03/sunday-best-fashion-crafts.html


  27. What an amazing paint job - it looks like it's spray painted!! So cute :)

  28. This looks great! I saw it on a few different linkies and had to take a closer look. I, too have been wanting to incorporate some purple somewhere. I love how you did.
    Ashley G.

  29. I love it but then again purple is one of my favorite colors! I might have to try something like this in my daughters room. Thanks for sharing!!

  30. I forgot to tell you that I am your newest follower!

  31. The table looks amazing! We loved having you join us at "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope to see you back next week! -The Sisters

  32. Pretty table, great painting tip. (I've used this myself) :)

    thanks for linking up!

  33. I am speechless...SO awesome. I want to paint everything this way!! And i love that thumb tack trick, so smart. And don't worry I have spray painted out deck and driveway :D

  34. So stinkin' cute! Love the colors! Thanks for the great tips ('specially the thumb tack thing!).

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