Why "Joy"

Joy is a choice you make each and every day! Joy is a gift from our Heavenly Father! It is your weapon! When you smile at someone...they smile back. When you laugh...others will laugh with you. When you think happy thoughts...you feel better. Come on...Do some "Joy" things...kick the devil where it hurts! Defeat him!! Psalm 28:7 "The Joy of the Lord is my Strength and my Shield, my heart trusts in Him and He helps me. My heart leaps for Joy, and with my song I praise Him"

Monday, July 23, 2012

Harlequin Table Tutorial

Ok - this will be my first try at a tutorial..I love them so much just thought I'd give it a shot.
I have a wonderful new client and when she brought  me this table and said,
" Do what you want to..I trust you"
OMG...heart pound heart pound..
what must I do??   ok...here we go....

Here is the before table-

and again

I decided to paint the table ASCP "French Linen" and tape off the edges painting them "Old White"..
I forgot to take a "during" pic of this but this is the "after" shot..oh...and added a fine line with "Graphite"
I shabby'd and sanded and I actually liked it but wasn't sure if my client would...so I emailed a pic to her and she wanted to add something but just wasn't sure what.  After a few talks..she decided on a Harlequin pattern.  Feeling sure that I could find a tutorial on that, I said  'No problem"...
(take a deep breath, pant pant)
ok..I can do this kinda thing.
Did I find tutorials?  A few yes, but who wants to mess with all those measurements..ugh!
So I remembered when my daughter was a cheerleader and I volunteered to decorate the megaphones...
I used pinstripe tape like this- it was very easy to move around when needed...yet stayed down really well
I decided to use a card I had,  to make sure the width was even...
I happen to have this card lying on my table...
Love me some Outback..Yum!

I measured each line going down the table as I placed the tape down...
{Yep..I have to admit...had to do this step twice...my lines got a little bit crooked} 

Knowing me as I do...
I figured I better mark the ones I would NOT be painting "ASCP Graphite"
 I certainly didn't want to start all over...
so I did this

I know..I'm a tad bit OCD

I did have some brush strokes...but couldn't for the life of me make them go away...
I should've used a foam brush I guess...maybe next time

I let this dry actually til the next day...my back was killing me from bending over F o r e v e r
Was excited to see what it looked like...oh gosh...still brush strokes!!!
needed to try and sand those down a bit
ended up pretty shabby

 added some Min-wax Wipe-On Poly

Love this stuff!
Still wasn't pleased with those darn brush strokes so I sanded again...lightly...
some of my blocks began to shed their color a little...

Oh No!
Yep -  I just couldn't leave it..
so some repair painting HAD to happen...
After more painting, more sanding and more poly
even decided to add some paste wax over that poly...and it worked!
Resulting in this

The bottom is painted French Linen with clear wax followed with brown wax. 
I really WIKE it...as my sweet grandbabies would say. 
 My client comes tomorrow to pick up...
surely pray she is pleased.
My picture taking leaves a little to be desired,
am working on that.
I wish I could figure out more about this blogging stuff..I so love looking at other blogs.
I learn something new every day!
Hope you enjoy!


  1. LOVE it - man you should charge extra for that pattern!

  2. I really like this table and how it turned out. I looked around your site and am now a follower.

  3. I am never good when someone says, "just do it...I trust you"! I'd so much rather they buy what I paint--oh don't they understand the stress and the ulcers! :) Anyway, you did a fantastic job! I am sure she will like it. I'm your newest follower :)

    1. Thanks Tammy! I do appreciate all your help!

  4. Jamie,
    The table looks great! You did a super job! Luv,Debbie