I found this little rustic table one day near our cottage and it was just begging to be rescued.  It had clearly seen better days but was in still in great structural shape and the wood was lovely.  (I am a sucker for anything wood!)rustic_wood_table_beforeThe only part of the table that was really unsalvageable was the little shelf that sat below the main table top. It was warped and water stained from years of neglect.  small_salvaged_wood_tableIt was an easy fix to remove the shelf and fill in the holes with some wood filler.  Once the shelf was removed and the filler was dry, the table was perfectly useful and ready for it’s new lease on life.

To start, I painted the table with 2 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and then wanted to do something a little different and creative with it.

I love birds and have been wanting to add some to a piece of furniture so I set out to paint some birds sitting on a wire on the little table top.sting_used_to_paint_lineTo make the wire across the top, I cut a piece of string the width of the table and played with it, moving it around, until I decided where I wanted the wire to be.  painted_sting_used_to_make_lineThe string was then dipped in Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black and laid back on the table top.  The painted string  left a perfect line across the table for which I could paint the birds on. birds_on_wire_paintThe birds were painted in the Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black as well and a stencil was used to get the shape I wanted.  birds_on_wire_painted_on_stringTo give the piece an aged feeling that matched the rustic shape and age of the wood, I heavily distressed all of the paint once the birds were done.birds-on-wire-table-topTip:  I always do my distressing at the end so that all of the paint is distressed in the same way and to the same extent.  Doing the distressing at the end and not during the process gives the piece a much more authentically aged appearance and feel.  You can read more about how to distress a piece naturally heredistressing_annie_sloan_chalk_paintBirds_on_wire_tableI love how these little birds turned out on the salvaged rustic table and to me, they look like they have just been sitting there forever chatting up a storm.

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  1. Really love your little bird table. I too love birds and have a bit of bird “stuff” in our room and bathroom. Once in while the birds migrate to living room and am reminded how somebody else doesn’t care to see them everywhere, (grumpy old man).You did great job applying your little friends to table making table a conversation starter. Great work. How nice to find a table in good condition, being salvageable. Always hearing about roadside finds but have yet to be that lucky. I have little table in shed that’s just been crying out for rehab so think it will have to come out to be reinvented with birds on a wire.
    Happy weekend

    • I can’t wait to see what you do with your little table 🙂 Please do share when you get it done! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs, Lisa

  2. I think it is so exciting when you can take something that’s discarded and give it a whole new life or purpose. I love how your birds on a wire table turned out and I’m delighted to be featuring it at tomorrow’s Shabbilicious Friday party. Also pinned it!
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  3. Jann Olson says:

    This is so cute. Love the birds on the wire! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    • Thanks Jann! I love these little birds 🙂 I have even thought of painting them on a wall…

  4. You do lovely work! I found you on home talk 🙂 I would be so happy if you would like to share this and any other projects on my Making Broken Beautiful party. It runs every Thursday through Sunday. I would be so happy if you would share some of your inspiration 🙂
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    I hope you are having a great week!
    Smiles!
    Terry

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