This post was sponsored by Americana Chalky Paint products. The creativity, grain sack graphic painted table and opinions are all my own!
I’ve wanted to try my hand at painting a vintage image on a piece of furniture for the longest time. A few weeks ago I found this darling and very sturdy drop leaf table and knew I had the perfect project piece.
This table is really solid and has good quality hardware on the leaves. It just needed some TLC, a little paint, imagination and a good cleaning.
I used Americana’s Chalky Finish paints and their Ultra-Matte Varnish for this project. The chalky finish in this paint line was perfect for my grain sack graphic painted table.
I started with 2 coats of Yesteryear which is a wonderful shade of light grey. I gave it a light sanding between each coat of paint. I love the contrast of light and dark grey. It was an easy decision to add a coat of Americana’s Relic which is a luscious dark grey on the table top.
I found this graphic on the Graphic Fairy and used graphite paper to transfer it to the tabletop. A little Frog Tape on the edges held it in place without damaging my freshly painted surface.
Here’s a little tip on tracing. Use a colored pen or pencil and you’ll easily see where you’ve already traced and what is left to finish 🙂
When it was time to paint my grain sack graphic, I wasn’t overly careful about painting every line exactly like the transfer. Sometimes this works well for me and sometimes not so much. Usually, much later, I realize I’ve taken too much creative liberty.
I kept my freehanding in check this time 🙂
I used Everlasting which is a nice white for the main part of the graphic. Carbon, which is a deep black in the Chalky Paint line was used for the date.
I love how the grains of wheat came out. Here’s a close up of how I painted them. Keep a little paint on the tip of a fine brush and lightly dab it onto your surface.
After my paint dried. A light sanding over the graphics with 220 grit sandpaper took off the last of the exposed graphite lines and gave me a nice aged appearance.
I distressed the entire table just a little on the edges. I liked working with Americana’s Chalky Paints, they dried quickly and felt durable with a chalky matte finish. They covered well and adhered very well to the wood. You won’t be able to wet sand with these paints, but they do well with sand paper. I finished my grain sack graphic painted table with two coats of Ultra Matte Varnish.
I loved the color and the coverage in the Americana Chalky Finish paints.
Here’s a little before and after of my cute grain sack graphic painted table. That’s always my favorite part!
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Do you have a special piece of furniture you’ve been waiting to paint? Would you make a grain sack graphic painted table like mine?