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!)The 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. It 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 its 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.To 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. The 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. The birds were painted in the Fusion Mineral Paint in Coal Black as well and a stencil was used to get the shape I wanted. To 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.Tip: 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 here. I 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.