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DIY Painted Coffee Table

Bring Nature indoors with an upcycled DIY Coffee Table!

Let me just start off by saying that we don't just love nature, we live it!

The thing is, sanding, and stripping a piece of old furniture can be time consuming. We certainly don't want to take time away from walking the nature trails!  The perfect solution - Chalk Paint®, it practically eliminates prep time when painting furniture.
I absolutely LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® but... it's not available everywhere.  Lowe's Home Improvement store sells a great Chalk Paint® alternative.

I used Linen White for the base coat.  I must warn you, the instructions on Lowe's website suggest that it takes one coat... I'm thinking not.  After the first coat I gasped!  Ohhhh uhhhh.... what have I done?!  No worries, I just had to be patient and let it dry.  Two coats and my faith was restored in the amazing paint - no sanding, no stripping!
Great! While that's drying, it's time to gather up some craft paint.  You will need blue, white and black and some paint medium.  If you don't have these supplies i always suggest purchasing from your local independent store - I always support local businesses when we can!  In Ottawa, I suggest Wallack's.
The next step is creating the background.  You can do this by using your blue paint,  blending until you fade into white and let it dry.  Next, add some paint medium to your white paint - this will give it a thicker texture.  Then make your birch tree shapes, and don't worry, no two trees are alike!  The imperfections will make it more natural - go with it!  I used an old loyalty card to apply the paint, this gave the trees dimension.  Let this dry completely....very important!  Next, take a small amount of black paint and add horizontal lines in random places just as you would see on a birch tree.  
I applied a top coat of Varathane to give it the table some protection. 
Ta da!  There you have it!  
I promise, the next DIY project will have more pictures to illustrate the steps.  I have to admit that when I made the table I wasn't thinking about sharing it but... I LOVE it sooooo much I just had to share!!  I look forward to sharing more detailed instructions for the next project.  If you decide to do this, we'd love to see your finished projects!
Happy painting!

 

 

 

 

By The Folks at Nature's Window | | DIY Rustic decor, Nature's Window, Painted Coffee table | 0 comments | Read more

Upcoming Gift Shows

We are getting sooooo excited to show you NEW products!!
 (And, of course that's in addition to our current lines that you've come to know & love)

NEW FLOOR MATS - NEW LIGHTERS - NEW WRAPPED CANVAS - NEW SIGNS & MORE!!


Toronto Gift Fair
International Center, Booth 1213
January 25 to January 29

Alberta Gift Fair
Northlands, Booth 1012
February 22 to February 25

Please remember, the gift shows are open to registered retailers - see you soon!

 

By The Folks at Nature's Window | | alberta gift show, CGTA, Nature's Window, toronto gift show, wholesale gift show | 1 comment | Read more

A Visit from Councillor Stephen Blais

Brad Wuest, President of Nature’s Window was recently visited by
Ottawa City Councillor Stephen Blais.  

Stephen presented Brad with a Letter of Recognition
honoring his many years in business.

Thank you Stephen Blais!  
We appreciate you taking the time to recognize an independent business owner/operator. 
Of course, we would also like to send our best to his assistant, Stephanie.

Congratulations Stephen Blais!  We are so pleased that you have been re-elected as Ottawa City Councillor representing Ward 19 Cumberland!!

 
By The Folks at Nature's Window | | Councillor Stephen Blais, Letter of Recognition, Nature's Window | 0 comments | Read more

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