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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Subway Art 'Family' Table

I have been lovin' all the subway art going on around blog land lately! There's so much you can do to personalize it & make it your own. It was time to put my own spin on it!

I recently acquired a nice table set off CL from a family that was moving & couldn't take it with them. It's a small round table that seats 4 without the leaf & 6 with. Of course, in my rush to get started on it, I did not get any before shots of it. 
This is a horrible picture, but it's the only one that kind of shows it's original state. 
When I got this table, I was headed in a shabby white direction, but as I started cleaning it down that changed.

The family I got this from was a sweet young family. They had a couple of small children who were adorable! While I was cleaning the table I noticed what looked like spilled, dried on milk everywhere. It came off easily, but it got me to thinking. I imagined a small child trying to pour their own milk for dinner or maybe a bowl of that sweet, crunchy cereal they love so much.
That small step to independence, another major feat accomplished. According to the amount of spilled, dried on milk, I also imagine they didn't quite make it. But it was an endearing thought to me. It made me think back to when my own boys were small & all those thousands of tiny, but monumental feats & tasks they took on in their journey to growing. 
This table was a family table. It had been when I purchased it & I would continue to make sure it stayed as such. An idea formed. 
After cleaning & a light sanding, I primed everything with BIN 1.2.3 primer & let it cure for a few days.
I did make one switch to this set, I switched the chairs that came with it. 
It came with the chairs in the foreground here but I wanted a more farmhouse feel so I switched them with the chairs in the background. 
I think they go together much nicer. 
Once it had cured it got a light sanding & another wipe down before I started painting. 
I used my free Clark & Kensington paint from Ace in a flat enamel 'Apple Tart.'  I have decided I love this paint. It went on smooth & sanded beautifully! It was smooth as butta' when I finished!


I painted the chairs & the base of the table in green & used a mis-tint white for the top. Yes, this is in the middle of my kitchen. My shop was overflowing with furniture, the shed was only half built & it was drizzling on & off.
I distressed all of it & put my plan into action. I set up my Cricut in the kitchen & began cutting words that reminded me of family. 
It....was.....a....process!
designing the layout in SCAL software
Adding the first word to 'ground' everything around
almost 3 hours later we were finished!



I used a pouncer to apply the green paint

Two light coats was all it needed since I was going to distress it
The most tedious part was laying out all the words. Sizing, fitting, choosing a font etc. I intentionally put the word blessed smack in the center where the leaf would go because I thought it would look cool seperated when the leaf was in. I was out voted in my house full of men, but in the end, I'm so glad I went with my gut. 
I peeled off all the vinyl & distressed everything. 
For the leaf, I utilized the entire space to spell out the word family. The leaf would be the center stage of this entire table. It was the focus, the meaning, the heart & soul behind all the other words.
For this, I just printed out my letters in a word document, cut them out, & traced them. They were painted & distressed. 


The entire set got a coating of Minwax walnut stain, which was applied then wiped back off. It really enriched the colors & gave it that well loved farm table look I was going for. The table also got 4 coats of Johnsons dark paste wax. I LOVE this stuff! It added a small extra hint of color and gave it amazing protection. I also gave the table top itself 2 coats of water based polycrylic since I wanted it to be as durable as possible. The chairs received 3 coats of spray on Krylon clear coat & I added new feet bottoms so they would glide easier on wood or tile flooring. 

Adding the dark wax
Spraying the chairs. Yes, I'm smiling because I'm close to completion

  I still need a new camera so these pictures aren't going to be amazing, but I hope you can still enjoy the final outcome.


Chair legs
one end of table

Other end of table

table base



Finished!


Over all I am in love with this entire project. There were times when I thought about giving up. It was one of the more complicated jobs I've taken on in a long time. Not because the execution or techniques were hard, but because everything that could go wrong in one project...did. I can honestly say my blood, sweat, & even tears are in this dining set, but I'm so glad I stuck with it & saw it to the end. 
It can now go on to find another family that will love it for years to come. Who knows, maybe there's more spilled milk in it's future...I hope so.

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59 comments:

  1. I love this. And, don't you just LOVE SCAL! I bought it for my Cricut, obviously before it was banned by Provocraft. I do a lot of subway art. You might be interested in looking at my blog, just for some ideas. I’m glad you stuck with it. Those are certainly my favorite pieces- the ones that required more muscle, planning, and thought. Good job!
    Fondly, Tami
    www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Tami. I do love SCAL & all the possibilities it opens up for projects! I visited your blog & fell in love with your work. Thanks so much for visiting me & I hope to see you again. Cheers!

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  2. wow, that's awesome! Great job and a unique spin on the normal furniture with subway art.

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    1. Thanks Kami! It was such a fun project to do & I'm hoping a family enjoys it & creates memories around it for years to come.

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  3. This is absolutely AWESOME. I LOVE the color and have used it myself. Thanks so much for joining in Stacy. I hope you come again.!

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    1. Thanks so much Debbie! I am on quite the green kick lately & have since used it on a few more pieces. I will most certainly be joining in the newbie party again. I had a blast meeting other bloggers & sharing inspiration. Its a great party to be a part of. Thanks again!

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  4. Shared it on my facebook page! Also,,FYI you have word verification on and it is a real pain. You will miss out on comments because of it. Blogger does a good job catching spam.

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    1. Thanks Debbie! I have turned off my word verification twice now because I agree spam is very minimal & I also find it just a plain nuisance to deal with. I will check into it again, I greatly appreciate you taking the time to let me know. Cheers!

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  5. This is amazing. Love the words! Great job.I would love for you to do a tutorial in July for the CSI project. You can see the challenges on the blog and email me to sign up. I would love to have you on the blog.
    www.thecsiproject.com
    dee@thecsiproject.com

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    1. Thank you Dee! The words were the most fun to do especially since my older boys even got in on it. I would love to do a tutorial in July & have sent you an e-mail. Thanks for visiting.

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  6. It looks amazing! Makes me want to paint my table... but my husband would kill me lol! Thanks for sharing and I am a new follower!!
    Hope you have had a great weekend!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by & leaving feedback Michelle! I've been pretty lucky to have free reign when it comes to painting, decorating & even building projects. Maybe there's an end table somewhere that could use a makeover if you can't paint your dining table :) Looking forward to visiting you again!

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  7. WOW! This is amazing and looks 10 times better than I think you could even imagine! Although, I will admit my husband might think I'm crazy transforming our table like this! you on the other hand rocked it times 10!

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    1. Thanks so much Katie! I am so touched by your sweet words. You know, the funny thing about husbands is, once they see the creative genius that is their wife, they usually come around. *Giggles* Thank you so much for stopping by & taking the time to comment.

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  8. amazing amazing idea and outcome! love it! thanks for checking me out and following you right back! beautiful work girl!

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    1. Thanks so much Kristin! This has been one of my favorite projects to date. My wheels are already turning on the next idea.....

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  9. what a fun set! and how adorable are you?!?!

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    1. Awwwe,thanks Cassie! I'm hoping a family falls in love with it so it can go on to bear more marks & scars of memories & traditions. I LOVED your party & will be all over it again. Thanks for visiting me.

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  10. What a fun set with such pretty details. You sure had a vision and it worked. It will be perfect for a family.

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I have had times where my vision got me in trouble trying to accomplish the seemingly impossible, but this time it turned out just like I pictured it. I would love for a family to take it home & enjoy it for years to come. Thanks so much for visiting me.

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  11. You did a fantastic job! Love, love, love it!

    I'm glad to hear that someone else like the Johnson's wax. I love it too......but I didn't know there was a dark one. Better go shopping!

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    1. Thank, thank, thank you Maureen!
      I'm in absolute LOVE with the stuff. The darker wax had to be ordered online & it is a bit more 'solid' than the clear. I love that the color is subtle so you can layer it for a darker look or just give it a touch of color. Have fun playing with it & if you have any questions, I would be happy to help out where I can. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  12. O how could you let this one go....I love love the color...the follow through and teh way you did the workding is perfect I mean perfect..I have a dresser that I am going to do subway...and I am toying with using Texas cities...vs the norm of Paris,London ...but then again no one at the store has of yet done a subway dresser..so maybe the world..glad to here someone elses garage is fullllllll

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  13. Stacey, I love your table and chair set. I am going to give this a try. I was wondering if I do a walnut gel instead of the walnut stain and the johnson wax if I will get the same effect ?

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  14. Thank you soooooo much! I have so many furniture pieces to refinish but have waited because I hate to sand. Will try this next weekend. :)



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    1. Thanks Patty! This one was so much fun to do! I do hope you share your makeover with us when you're finished :) Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  15. Before attaching the laminate, you would like to flatten the highest with a hand tool and a power tool. you ought to use a roller for the contact cement since variations within the cement itself account for many of the deviations within the high.

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  16. Just love the way you modify the outfit of those ones. Very modern and attractive!

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