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The doily top side table – Το τραπεζακι με Σεμεδακι

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When I first started this blog I was so ignorant.  I did not know my chalky style paint from enamel paint.  All I knew was that I did not like the brand of paint they sold at the paint store.  For furniture there was only one brand that was available, a sort of enamel, that was really hard to work with.  It would dry too quickly and it would run.  If you were around during my first month of blogging  you may have gotten to see  this little table.  Well it doesn’t look like this any more, I now call it the doily top side table. 

Όταν ξεκίνησα αυτό το μπλογκ ήμουν τόσο αγράμματη. Δεν ήξερα από βαφές και  χρώματα. Το μόνο που ήξερα ήταν ότι δεν μου άρεσαν τα εμπορικά χρώματα που πωλούνται στο κατάστημα χρωμάτων.  Για τα έπιπλα υπήρχε μόνο μία μάρκα που ήταν διαθέσιμη, ένα βερνικόχρωμα, και ήταν πολύ δύσκολη στην εργασία.  Στέγνωνε πολύ  γρήγορα και έσταζε.  Μπορεί να έχετε δει αυτό το μικρό τραπεζάκι από τον πρώτο    μήνα του μπλογκ. Δεν μοιάζει έτσι πια, τώρα το αποκαλώ το τραπεζάκι με σεμεδάκι.

Before, The Doily Top Side Table
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It may have looked nice but in fact it was full of that awful enamel paint.  And it was as boring as wonder bread. It definitely needed a makeover. The top was so bad I had covered it with a piece of fabric because before I had painted it white,  there was a fabric glued onto the top.

Μπορεί να φαινόταν ωραίο, αλλά στην πραγματικότητα ήταν γεμάτο από βερνικόχρωμα. Και ήταν βαρετό. Σίγουρα χρειαζόταν  μια ανακαίνιση. Το επάνω ήταν χάλια, υπήρχε ένα ύφασμα κολλημένο επάνω στην κορυφή.

What I Used:

The top,The Doily Top Side Table

The How To:

The top of the table was full of old paint and glue.  Instead of removing it, I just painted over it using Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint by DecoArt. As you can see it has loads of texture and I’m a bit lazy… no, there is a reason to my madness.  (If you’d like to purchase this paint I have included Amazon links at the end of the post.)

Το επάνω του τραπεζιού ήταν γεμάτο από παλιά μπογιά και κόλλα. Αντί να τα αφαιρέσω, απλά το έβαψα χρησιμοποιώντας Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint από DecoArt. Όπως μπορείτε να δείτε έχει ένα σωρό υφή και είμαι λίγο τεμπέλα … Όχι, υπάρχει λόγος να την τρέλα μου.

The top after it is painted with Chalk paint, The Doily Top Side Table
I then distressed it with sandpaper, especially on the sides where there is a lovely indentation.  I also chose to paint some areas of it with the blue. 

Στη συνέχεια το έτριψα, ειδικά στις πλευρές όπου υπήρχε μια εσοχή. Επέλεξα να βάψω  ορισμένες περιοχές με το μπλε.

Distressing the side indentations, The Doily Top Side Table
To give it a bit more interest, I added some blue to  this area as well. 

Για πιο πολυ ενδιαφέρον…

Adding blue paint, The Doily Top Side Table
​I had originally told you that I would be adding something to  my beach table, but as things turned out I  decided to keep it simple and just add a coat of varnish for protection.  Instead I opted to try this idea on the side table instead. I had gotten my original inspiration here from Capitulo dos Vintage.  She is an amazing artist and has so many incredible projects.  Mine was a poor copy of what she did to her table.

​Αρχικά είχα πει ότι θα έβαζα κάτι στο Ελληνικό Τραπέζι Θάλασσας, αλλά όπως εξελίχθηκαν τα πράγματα, αποφάσισα να το κρατήσω απλό και το έβαψα μια στρώση βερνίκι για προστασία. Επέλεξα να δοκιμάσω αυτή την ιδέα. Είχα πάρει την αρχική μου έμπνευση εδώ από Capítulo dos Vintage. Είναι μια καταπληκτική καλλιτέχνης και έχει τόσα πολλά απίστευτα έργα. Το δικό μου ειναι ένα φτωχό αντίγραφο του τι έκανε στο  τραπέζι της.

The Greek Beach table with varnish on top, The Doily Top Side Table
These are paper doilies. I bought a pack of ten at the supermarket and cut them up. 

Αυτά είναι χάρτινα σεμεδάκια. Αγόρασα ένα πακέτο δέκα στο σούπερ μάρκετ και τα  έκοψα  κομμάτια.

Paper doilies, The Doily Top Side Table
I then decoupaged them on the table top with Mod Podge.. 

Στη συνέχεια τα κόλλησα στο τραπεζάκι.

Decoupaged doily pieces, The Doily Top Side Table
I traced a circle with a pencil and filled in that area with random pieces of the paper doily.

Ζωγράφισα ένα κύκλο με ένα μολύβι και γέμισα εκείνη την περιοχή με τυχαία κομμάτια του  χαρτιού.

Decoupaging random pieces of the doily in the center, The Doily Top Side Table
You can see the mod podge here.  Once it dries it will not show.

Εδώ βλέπετε την κόλλα, αλλά μόλις στεγνώσει δεν φαίνεται. 

Before it has dried, The Doily Top Side Table
I painted the knob blue for a fun look and rubbed on a beeswax finish to protect all of the blue painted areas. 

Έβαψα το πόμολο μπλε και για να προστατέψω τις βαμμένες περιοχές, τις πέρασα με κερί μέλισσας.

Blue knob, The Doily Top Side Table
And I was done. 

Και το τελείωσα!

The top of the doily side table, The Doily Top Side Table
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Opened drawer and door of the side table, The Doily Top Side Table
Detail of the side table, The Doily Top Side Table
The inside was also painted to give it some interest. 

​Το έβαψα κι από μεσα για πιο πολυ ενδιαφέρον.

Open door of the side table, The Doily Top Side Table
Here are both pieces side by side.  The color is the same.  The only difference is that the round table has chalky style paint on the legs.  The side table has that difficult to use white enamel. 

Εδώ είναι τα δύο κομμάτια. Το χρώμα είναι το ίδιο. Η μόνη διαφορά είναι ότι το στρογγυλό τραπέζι έχει βαφή κιμωλίας στα πόδια. Το τραπεζάκι έχει το βερνικόχρωμα.

The doily top side table and the Greek beach table, The Doily Top Side Table
Detail of the indentation, The Doily Top Side Table
I am really loving the blue accent on the sides. 

Μου αρέσει πάρα πολυ αυτή η λεπτομέρεια με το μπλε.

Blue painted indentation on the side, The Doily Top Side Table
The table with blue details, The Doily Top Side Table
It looks like something grandma would have in her home.  A bit of old world charm.   The good thing is that the doily does not move around on the top.

Μοιάζει με κάτι που η γιαγιά θα έχει στο σπίτι της. Ένα κομμάτι γοητείας περασμένων εποχών. Το καλό είναι ότι το σεμεδάκι δεν μετακινείται.

The top of the table with decoupage, The Doily Top Side Table
Distressed, painted and decoupaged, The Doily Top Side Table
So there it is, my doily top side table. I certainly enjoyed experimenting with this little side table and doing something different. Do you like what I did with it?  Do you think this decoupage treatment would have looked good on the round beach table, or would it have been too fussy?

Αυτό ειναι το τραπεζάκι με σεμεδάκι. Σίγουρα απόλαυσα πειραματίζοντας με το μικρό τραπέζι.  Σας αρέσει αυτό που έκανα; Πιστεύετε ότι αυτή η επεξεργασία ντεκουπάζ θα φαινόταν καλό στο τραπέζι θάλασσας, ή θα ήταν πάρα πολύ λεπτομερεια;

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Αν σας αρέσει αυτό που βλέπετε, να το μοιραστείτε με τους φίλους σας, ή να το αποθηκεύσετε στο Pinterest. Επισεις μπορείτε  να εγγραφείτε στο blog μου και να λαμβάνετε τις περιπέτειες  μου δύο φορές την εβδομάδα στο e-mail σας.

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April J Harrisq

Monday 29th of April 2019

What a gorgeous side table makeover, Mary! I love the colour blue you have used, and the doilies make it extra special! Pinning. Thank you so much for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party!


Monday 29th of April 2019

Thank you April. There are such easy ways to add interest to a plain table.


Monday 8th of August 2016

I like how the doily adds interest and texture. The blue is the blue of the sea and so pretty. I'm glad you kept both tables the same color but they are different. Nice job.


Monday 8th of August 2016

Yes Debra I too like that they are not too matchy. And I think that has to be my favorite blue, although I came up with it by accident. Haha!


Monday 8th of August 2016

That's such a pretty color blue, and the addition of the blue knob and blue on the sides with distressing ties everything together so nicely. I think everything looks great as is. If you did the table also it might look too 'matchy matchy', but now they look perfectly coordinated. It's so true that blogging is a learning experience! Chalk paint? Milk paint? Never heard of them before either. Have a great week Mary! xxz


Monday 8th of August 2016

Doreen for now they'll be in the same room, but even if they aren't they still have their own personality. And you are right, I don't want it too matchy matchy. So many paint choices, and so little time!


Monday 8th of August 2016

Wow! Your table looks amazing! I love how you used the doily to create such a unique look. And the distressed look you gave the table is so beautiful! I'd love to be able to do that. :)


Monday 8th of August 2016

Mandy it is not hard at all, just grab some sanding paper and go at it. It is one good way to get your frustrations out. haha. Thank you for the sweet comment.


Monday 8th of August 2016

It really looks great, Mary! I love decoupaging onto furniture, and those doilies add interest to the table. I agree with enamel paint, it's such a mess! It's not about being lazy but to work efficient and effortless, so chalk paint is the way to go. Great job!


Friday 12th of August 2016

I was going for a bit of a softer look with the light blue color and so I thought the doilies would add interest. Yes I love the chalky paint. I will never go back to enamels. Thank you Pili.

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