I only kept this very “ordinary” table around for 3 years because it was a cheap find on Craigslist and I dreamed that someday I would transform it into a cute tea table. Much to Cliff’s surprise, I finally did.
Sure I could have just spray painted it white can called it a smallish victory but that’s not my style. I wanted (no needed) a floral influence. Also not my style is to hand paint flowers, especially onto outdoor furniture. So naturally I schemed up a way to get a nice crisp flower using spray paint and one of my favorite hardware store crafting materials.
See that roll of contact paper sitting off to the left of my other materials? Yep! That’s what made my daisy petal creation so much easier. With it I cut out petal shapes and once the first coat of white Rust-oleum spray paint was dry, I carefully peeled my contact paper petals and placed them on the table. After brushing over it a few times with Rust-oleum Painters Touch Marigold, I peeled off my petals and whala! A great retro little flower table! Here’s a video of the big reveal.
I wasn’t so sure about the initial marbled look but as the paint fully dried (yes I peeled it way before I was supposed to) it looked really nice. Just the right amount of girly goodness to add to my morning tea on our new balcony.
A few suggestions when working with contact paper and spray paint.
1) Wait for the first coat of paint to completely dry otherwise you might rip it off with your contact paper.
2) Really push that contact paper down especially around the edges to avoid feathering. It’s not as sticky as a sticker so it won’t ever feel entirely adhered.
3) See my eye and mouth protection? Don’t use your sunglasses like I did, ok? ohhh and add gloves to your list of things to wear.
4) Don’t forget the clear sealer.
Ok, so who is up for high noon tea? I’ll bring the table, you bring the tea!
P.S Mad props to Cliffy for doing the little tape strips around the curve of the table! That created a nice white border which made the marigold really pop.