Sunday, March 11, 2012

Diamonds, Diamonds and More Diamonds!!

I spent lots of time this summer redoing furniture for my daughters college apartment. We had this table in the attic for years. It was one of the first purchases of decent furniture Mr. C and I made when we were first married.
I swore to myself I would never freehand diamonds again after the side table I did for my daughter. But when I started her coffee table something spoke to me. I think it was a voice from the crazy side, but I entertained the idea.

I first sanded the matchbox race track my dear son engraved in my table when he was 4.

Added a coat of primer.
I painted two coats of white paint to the areas that were going to be white and several coats of black paint to the rest. The diamonds were measured and remeasured..and measured again. My back was killing me by the time the diamonds were finally done. I still was not happy with it, so I did the little checks around the edge and painted the legs. I stepped back and still was not happy, but I turned off the lights and decided to sleep on it!

Scrapbook paper came to mind and around all the lower faces of the table I decoupaged this checkered paper. Once it was all dry I applied several coats of poly and this little girl was all grown up and done. I am thrilled to say she loves her new home in the living room of my daughters apartment and has held up to books, notebooks and laptops making their home there. She is functional and a sexy of both worlds!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check back later this week as I will be posting about a WONDERFUL and my first Giveaway!



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Pondside said...

I love it! That's a great project and your daughter is a lucky girl.

Kim, USA said...

The transformation is beautiful.

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Sass - aka - Kathy said...

What a great project! I love it. If you would, consider sharing with my readers at


NYCLQ said...

Great job! Love the look + transformation! Thanks for sharing over at BNOTP...


Jen Lossing said...

Great job. Wonderful transformation. Love the black and white scheme!

Scribbler said...

Love this! I saved the photo for inspiration. I have a farm-style table which is in dire need of a new paint job.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

you are a very patient painter. :) it looks awesome!

Kammy's Korner said...

How FUNNNNN!!!! I love black and white!

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

That is so bright and cheery! It is just plain fun! Love it! Thanks for sharing at our Uncommonly Yours link party! Have a great week!

Take care,


Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

This is just stunning! I love anything black and white and your patterns are spectacular!

Jan said...

How much love and care went into designing that table. I wish I had one just like it. I am a chess historian by avocation and promote women's chess and the diamonds and checkerboard patterns you interwove into your table redo speak to me! It is a wonderful, magical table. I saw your table at Savvy Southern Style.

Stacey said...

Very unique and cool table! I would love if you stopped by my Creative Inspirations party opening up tonight at 10 pm EST to link this great project up! I would loove to have you there!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Chatty Chics said...

So fun! You did a great job! I think it makes such a great custom piece! If you have time tonight, can you link it up at my place tonight and share with my group!?

Mimi said...

Love black and white together. Always so crisp looking.

Katie Goldsworthy said...

Wonderful! I love b&w! The diamonds are really striking!

Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!


Becolorful said...

Thanks so much for linking this to BeColorful. I absolutely loved it and featured it this week on Motivated Monday.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a total transformation!

Stacey said...

Your work looks beautiful! THat must have been quite time-consuming - very pretty!
Thanks for coming by to link up - please come back this Thursday as well!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Wow, The table turned out wonderful! Love it. Hugs, Sherry

Our Delightful Home said...

Awesome transformation! I would love for you to link up at my linky party via:

Mrs. Delightful