Friday 6 January 2017

Playing with PLAID in 2017 !

Good morning!
Rupa here with my first post for the year! Firstly, wishing you all a very Happy 2017 and I hope you all dream big and your dreams come true.
As for me, I had a dream too and am glad I could fulfill it too and am going to be sharing it with you. They say necessity is the mother of invention and my need was to get a set of side tables for my guest bedroom. But instead of buying ready ones, I decided to make them by upcycling some discarded treasures! Stay till the end to know what it is!
 I have used Folk art chalky finish paints and this lovely scrapping tool too from Plaid.
Here is how I started…once again LONG POST ALERT! Sit back and enjoy with a cuppa…
Step 1- I got a pair of round base for the table and first gave it a coat of Folk art “castle” chalky finish paints.
 These paints are thick and the main advantage of using them is that THERE IS NO NEED TO PRIME THE SURFACE! You can give a coat or two max as the coverage is really good in these paints.
After drying I sanded it lightly and applied candle wax around the edges where I wanted to distress it. Then came the top coat of “lilac”.
Step 2- Once the top coat was dry, I took out this handy tool and my buddy for the project, the scrapper from Plaid. It is so easy now to distress wood or any surface now. Where wax has been applied, you just need to lightly scrap with this tool and voila!
 The base color emerges revealing a beautifully distressed wood. Here you can see the grey peeking out from the lilac on the edges.
Step3- Have you seen or done 2 layer distressing? Well I wanted to try it here..just as if one layer of distressing was not enough, lol! Out came the next coat of color on top of the lilac. I painted just plain milky white as the top most coat and before that again applied wax in a few places.
 The white was also a mild sweep with the bristles and not a loaded paint. I wanted a dry brushed effect with distressing too. Once this was dry, the scrapper did the rest of the job!
Look at the 2 colors, lilac and grey distressed on the table top now. The scrapper if lightly handled, just scraps the color so easily.
 If you give too much pressure, you could end up peeling the entire layer of paint and the wood will be seen instead!
Step4- My base was ready. I did not want the plain wood look, instead wanted the palette wood kind of look…so I went about creating a faux effect for the same.
TIP- For this, it is very important to have a totally dry brush and also a wide, flat bristle brush.
I wanted a darker tone of grey, so added a bit of black gesso to “castle” and gave dry streaks all over the table. 
Next I followed the same with some brown paint, but this time, not all over bit just randomly and finally dry streaks with white paint. Phew, it’s still not over!

I then went back to dark grey paint and this time with a thin round brush, drew lines on the table to create the faux “palettes”! 
Once again with the flat brush, I also loaded the tip with paint and gave a round twist to create faux “wood knots” too ! Have a look at this (faux) palette table now!
Step 5- Next was some cosmetic touches to the table. I went about decoupaging some lavender colored flowers with modge podge. 
I had them in random places and when dry, I took out a few 12x12 stencils from my stash and with the left over paints of dark grey and lilac, created some 2 tone stenciling effect. 
I used a huge damask stencil, but in parts and it looks like flourishes! After this I did some French scrip stenciling with black paint and yes, my table was taking shape.
Step6- I gave a mild sanding and final round of scraping too and it was all set to get waxed and varnished! 
I gave a coat of white wax and waited overnight for it to dry and then buffed it with some soft cloth. Next I gave 3 coats of Folk art satin varnish. I sanded in between coats and now it feels so smooth and absolutely feminine, lol! Soory, forgot to take pic here, I know you must be thanking me now, lol!
Now this table top was ready to be fixed to its base…any guesses on what the base is going to be????
I cleaned the base with water and soap, let it dry and then spray painted it with silver paint. ANY GUESSES YET????
No…here it is…
Yes I had a great friend who magnanimously departed with 4 tyres as she was relocating out of Bangalore! I was more than excited to have these and took them without even hesitating. These were in my studio for more than 4 months and just saw the daylight!
Well if you are wondering what happened to other 2,,, here they are…
I made a masculine version for the side table too! Pretty much similar distressing techniques and colors except for lilac, lol!
On the table top, I stenciled this French café label and then creted a border with checkered pattern stencil
Here is the full revel of the “man table”…
Here are the 2 together…just outside my studio, before reaching the guest room!
 I wanted 2 different yet similar ones in the guest room as I dint want anyone staying here disappointed!
Here are some captures of the duo in the purple highlighted guest room.
I know I am testing your patience, but I had to give you the final look of the project in its final destination. 
It was always my dream to create home décor and utility items and with FOLK ART CHALKY PAINTS and THE SCRAPPER , it is just so easy to create lovely distressed pieces of furniture, which is the “in thing” in interiors right now!
With this, we come to end and I really would like to Thank you for staying with me till the end. I am sure my guests will be super happy and I do have them coming over this weekend. I can’t wait to hear what they have to say and needless to say, I hope they do realize that I had them in mind while creating these.
I am equally eager to hear what you have to say and never ever hesitate to give your furniture’s a makeover now!
Do get back to me if you have any queries on wood distressing and I hope to see some colors on your furniture now!
Until my next creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.
 Folk art chalky finish paints- Castle and Lilac

Scraper tool

Folk art white wax

Folk art satin varnish


  1. This is a great start to the year.. The project is just so so so so amazing..... I'll be more than happy if m able to get even 1% of the talent as you have.. :) I admire you always. Love you!! Keep crafting Rupa mam :)

    1. Thanks Rupali for those wonderful words. Great start to the day. ..learning and experimenting is a part of growth and we all do it at different levels. There is no end...wishing you a crafty creative year ahead.

  2. Excellent and wondering How beautifully you used and recycled those tyres for the table top! Marvelous idea and adoring your room decor!
    Words are less for this Rupa!

  3. Thanks Vinita for always supporting my up cycling works.

  4. Thanks Vinita for always supporting my up cycling works.

  5. outstanding rupa. looks so beautiful, shows your hardwork towards your paasion

  6. A stunning and totally amazing remake Rupa. Your wood effect is just fabulous and so beautifully and delicately decorated. The use of the tyres is just amazing and made me smile! Fabulous work (as always !!!) xxx

    1. Jennie. so glad you made it here and stayed on till the end,lol! Really appreciate this and thank you so much. a great fan of your works.

  7. Wow... This is amazing. The planning, the patience between each step.
    And ur home is as beautiful as ur work.

    1. Thanks Sujana and I really appreciate your patience here!

  8. Wow..You are queen of recycling and altered art..loved much of hard work..hats off..

  9. this is amazing Rupa !! Lots of tips and techniques here, loved the palette wood effect and the base with recycled tyres is amazing !!

  10. OMG! This is just so beautiful, Rupa. What a gorgeous make over. I could have never guessed it was all made from scratch. Kudos to you!

  11. I do not have words !!!!! This is incredible!!! Tyres !!!! Next what !!!!!

    1. Anitaaaa. have a great sense of humour! Thank you soooo much...big hugs from here.

  12. These are amazing...wat an alteration
    So much of work n u did absolutely great!!


We would love to hear from you !