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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Chevrolet Drafting Table

Both my sons love to draw. When the mood strikes, they can sit for hours & create some of the most beautiful graphite sketches I've ever seen. 
I have no idea where they get this ability since my level of drawing extends as far as stick figures & a sun with a smiley face. 
Anyway, after making over a drafting table for my brother, my youngest son mentioned he might like a drafting table as well if I came across another one.
I just happened to come across one at GW a couple of months ago. It wasn't the nicest one I'd ever seen, but it was solid & held potential.

I needed to make some minor repairs to it, but it was nothing a little wood glue, some clamps, & wood putty couldn't fix.
I cleaned it all up & primed it with a good coat of spray on primer.
After it dried I painted it with a bright red from Rustoleum that my youngest picked out.
He has a vintage theme going on in his room with old car logos/signs, old gas/oil cans, Street signs, XL barn wood frames with vintage Chevy trucks in them etc. & he wanted it to fit the feel he had going on in there.

While the table dried, I moved on to designing the Chevy logo he wanted. 
I downloaded a free font from Dafont called Auto Motive & used it for the lettering & symbol.
I just sized it, printed it out on several sheets of paper & did the usual trimming & taping.
 Just like with my Cafeteria tray sign, I used chalk on the back of the paper since I was transferring my image to a deep color.
Once everything was transferred, I filled it in with a small brush & some paint.
Once it was painted, of course, I decided I absolutely hated the hardware being the same color as the table. 
Something I previously thought might look cool.
So I ended up taking the entire thing apart & doing a little bit of this.
Some hot water & a lot of scrubbing did the trick & they were back to their original silver.
I didn't like that silver though so I sprayed them down with some Krylon chrome in brilliant silver.
Since the table was all taken apart I went ahead & sanded it all down to distress it & applied some black glaze.
I save a lot of jars & they come in handy to store leftover mixed glaze
I have a couple of 'gross' brushes I use for glazing since a lot of times you need to get into nooks & crannies & it could ruin my nicer brushes to pounce them around like that
 Once it was all sanded & glazed, I let it dry overnight. Whenever I glaze something, if possible, I like to let it set for 24 hours to make sure the glaze is nice & dry.
After assembling it again, I decided it was the right move to paint the hardware silver.
I love the contrast & the little 'industrial' touch it adds.
The silver hardware looks great against the red
A close up of the finish

 Here's a close-up of the table top. 
I started second guessing myself halfway through sanding wondering if I had sanded it too much. Once it was done though, I was happy with the more faded out logo. 

All right, here it is all finished up & sitting pretty for you guys. 
 Finally, here is the handsome young man who will be using this table, along with his creative genius, to make some stunning sketches & drawings.
 I'm getting pretty good at taking these things apart & putting them back together again, which is good because my oldest has now requested one as well........

Until next time!


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  3. I am in the process of refinishing my table at the moment and found your post while in between coats. There is a product I found called Minwax pre-stain wood conditioner. It is supposed to curb all blotchiness. Fingers crossed that it is actually working on my old Ethan Allen. I love your whole dining room-you have done an awesome job!

  4. Very nice! I love this articles. Thanks! Let's share with me when you have new posts!

  5. Nice vintage table turned in something completely different, great idea and great imagination!


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