May 30, 2013

Have You Had Enough of the French Post Mark Tables Yet?

Graphics Fairy
Courtesy of Graphics Fairy
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This has been one of the more popular graphics that Karen from the Graphics Fairy has had over the past couple of years. I know anyone that sees it on my projects just go CRAZY over it. I have to admit that it's also one my own personal favorites as well. 

This was the first table I used it on. 
I apologize for how dark the photo is. This table sold in the first hour of the craft show I had it in, and I think I could have sold it a dozen times over that day. If you want to read the story behind it, feel free to go check it out here.

I figured I was onto something after all the rave reviews I received on that first little table. 

So I made another one, and that one proved to be a phenomenal success and I'm kicking myself for selling it (I knew I would). It has been repinned so many times and still continues to be every single day. If you want read about how it came to be, you can read my post from last year here.
The table itself was a great style to begin with, and adding those vintage metal accents just took it over the top.

I used the freezer paper transfer method for both of these tables and it worked fine for the most part, but I found it limiting and I didn't always get good results, which required me to quickly wash it off. My printer has waterproof ink, so if it came out a flop, then I have to be quick with window cleaner to remove it before it sets.

I contemplated getting an overhead projector & I even found one for sale cheap, but being basically lazy like I am, I didn't want to go that route, because you have to trace the entire design by hand each time. Nah. Not for me, plus I have to have some place to keep a large projector. I think I may have mentioned a time or two that I have some slight hoarder tendencies...hence my blog's name "Under A Pile of Scrap!" and there's just no place to keep one here - and they're a bit heavy.

My next idea was to use my new Silhouette Cameo that my darling son got for me for Christmas. He is such a sweetheart & so generous.

With using the Design software upgrade for my cutter, I thought if I could trace the design and kind of clean it up a bit, it might work out better than all the other options. Then I can save the design once all the initial effort has been put into it, plus, I can make it any size I want (for the most part anyway) without having to reinvent the design every time. I just cut it out with contact paper or stenciling vinyl that Silhouette now offers.

Can I just say that I hopefully never have to resort to the old way again! Not that this method is perfect either, but it's easier to get the results I'm after than the others.

But this post isn't just about creating the image to cut with my Cameo. It's also about how I made a table out of 3 different things.

You see, I sold the table that I'm kicking myself over to an acquaintance. She loved it so much that she asked me to find & make her 2 more tables, only they can't be any wider than 18"! Really? 


I thought I found 2 tables, but one ended up being a total nightmare & I notified her that I gave up on it as a table and will have to find her another one. And the other one? Well, I didn't really find her a 2nd table, but I had a plan to create one out of bits & pieces I had.

The top was a just one of those lightweight pine trays that sits on a criss-cross wooden TV tray type base. The legs used are from some sort of little bench or seat that had a ripped out cane seat. I felt that tray was just a little TOO lightweight to use as a side table, so I decided to add some stability and, if I'm lucky, create a more rustic look to it by adding.....

Paint Stir Sticks

Yep. The longer, thicker ones. I got them at Walmart.

I seen them being used on some other projects at a few blogs and on Pinterest (of course). These were the perfect thickness I needed and if I was lucky, which I'm usually not, they might be the perfect width to fill the tray, without having to cut any lengthwise to fill an odd gap. Guess what? 

I was LUCKY!

It's a tedious job and for those that have made the amazing herringbone designs with them - I bow to you and your determination! I had to test each one out in the tray, as some had a slight bow to them and needed to placed just so or replaced with one that would fit properly. Then they had to be sanded individually, then stained, keeping them in proper order the whole time. 

Next, I glued them in place with E6000 glue, except for an inch on either end. I did that so that I could add some a little more rustic look. Not sure it was the best idea, but it is what it is.

I added some dark brown tack nails at the ends of each strip. Since the paint sticks are thin and I was nailing so close to the edge, I needed to drill pilot holes for each one so the sticks wouldn't split. I forgot on the to do that one on the first stick & realized it was splitting.

So that I could keep the tacks in a straight line, I first put down a piece of painter's tape to use as a guide.

After all that, I finally applied the Postmark image that I worked so hard on to perfect. There's lots of tiny detail weeding to do on this image, but the end results made it worth it.

graphics fairy table

If you look closely, you can see where my husband got just a little carried away with getting the tack heads set flush and some are actually more recessed than I cared for, so I had to go back and touch up those spots with more stain so they're less noticeable. 

The blue design in the top left corner is not really that bright blue, but I just couldn't get the color adjustment right in Picmonkey.

I painted the base using home made chalk paint, then aged, distressed it & waxed over the entire piece.

postage table

I don't think this will be the last Post Mark table that I'll make and I think my customer is just as thrilled with it as the other one she purchased from me. Since she wants one more smaller table, I'm on the hunt for one more.

Non-furniture related topic... is my daughter's last day as a 3rd grader and it's her first night of rehearsal in the children's choir for the play Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She's so excited! I'm also going to try my best to go have lunch with her today. PB&J's! Yum!


 Parties I'm linking to:

Funky Junk White Party

Furniture Feature Fridays 


Cynthia said...

This adorable and I love how you achieved this look.


Kathryn J Cain said...

love this I have used this too...I need to do a post to give a Knod to Karen as she is so kind for all she does..for those who use her free..I thought too so popular and did a entire dresser using the coolest paper with post marks..still not selling so sad...glad yours has

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love the graphics on top. Great job. Would love to have you at my weekly party too sometime. Thanks for stopping by.

srpprcrftr said...

I truly love how you remade the tray, it looks great with the stain also. And the way you did the nails is terrific. I'm going to look for those paint sticks as they just might be what I need for a tray we will most likely need to make for a table base.
Your tray and base helped so much to inspire me about my table base. It has a wicker tray but there's no stability on it. I can use the wicker tray in other ways. You did a great tutorial, helps so much. I've been hesitating on that base which hubs wanted to get rid of (it's faux bamboo shaped like a luggage rack) but I kept hanging on to it.
So glad you shared your table and you found something your client wanted. The graphics look awesome. Happy Weekend

Andrea Amu said...

Beth, these tables are amazing! I love how you've detailed them... perfectly! Would love to see how your customer has used these!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

One of my favorite graphics! Love how you remade the tray.

Marti said...

I love that first table too. You have a great eye for the potential of a piece. I probably would have passed up that second one but you made it look great.

Tracy said...

Another great treasure.
I love the idea of using those paint sticks and they took the stain so nicely.

denise...on a whim said...

I love both of these tables, but the paint stick top is fantastic! I'm thinking I'd love to try that out. It looks so great! :)

Artsy VaVa said...

Love the table! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the nice comment. Have a great day. Going to check out more of your stuff!

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