As part of my ongoing living room makeover I’ve decided to add a small table. I found an antique tilt top table on Craigslist for about $50. I like the fact that it tilts upright and I can set it flat against my wall. I feel it's just as much a piece of art as it is a table.
The colors I've decided on in my living room are cream, brown and light blue. I love the brown and blue color combination. Blue is the accent color in the room, so I don't want to go overboard with it. I once heard David Bromstad (host of Color Splash) say for an accent color to be used correctly it needs to be used at least three times in a room. Since I'm not a designer, I thought that sounded like great advice I could easily apply!
I started with the addition of a blue table. I painted the top of my table blue and the base black. To create a super, easy crackle look I needed a few materials, blue paint, black paint, wood glue and paint brushes. I already had black paint, and since the table surface is small I was able to just use a sample size paint jar for a few dollars. I used your average wood glue, nothing fancy.
1. First I cleaned the surface of my table with a damp rag. It was in pretty good condition already and I just needed to get some grime off. I opted not to sand it first. It was covered in a dark stain and since I was going for a crackle affect with the dark stain showing through, I really didn't think it needed it. Judge for yourself based on your finish. Sanding will help your paint adhere better in most circumstances.
2. Next I poured the wood glue onto a paper plate and painted it thickly onto the table. The glue will dry quickly, so as I painted a few swipes of the wood glue, I followed up with a swipe of blue paint over it. I repeated this process for the entire table.
3. Once finished with painting the glue and covering the glue with the blue paint, I waited for it to dry and do it's crackle magic. Except it wasn't crackling! I began to get concerned because the glue was drying and I wasn't sure how I was going to get paint and WOOD GLUE off of the table to start over. Instead, I grabbed my hair dryer and started heating/drying the paint in sections. Almost instantly I got the perfect crackle affect.
4. The last thing I did was paint the base of the table black and voila I had a refinished table that all in all was a pretty quick and easy project.
Normally I'd like to find more of a bargain furniture piece, however, I specifically wanted a tilt top table to save space so that limited my options. Even so, the cost of the paint, brushes and glue were less than $10. The project total was less than $60.