This Koi Pond Side Table is a dream!
Life is full of surprises! Never in a million years did I imagine I would be painting THIS on a piece of furniture.
I’m FULLY surprised with how much I LOVE the randomness of creating with a creature I never imagined would be featured on my furniture!
I LOVE THIS TABLE!!!
Usually, I try really hard to create furniture art that evokes emotion, feelings, and conversation!!
In my opinion, this little demi-lune entry table is quite the conversation piece!
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Onto how this Koi Pond Side Table was created:
This piece is a garage sale find from just a block away from my home that I fell in love with when I saw it!
First, I washed it down with White Lightning, which was extremely satisfying as SO much grunge was removed. Truth be told, I believe this may have been in a smoker’s home at some point based on all the dark soot that washed off!
After, I primed the entire piece with Dixie Belle’s Boss in gray. I knew I’d be painting with black and white stripes, and I really didn’t want any bleed-through (or nicotine oils) from the wood tannins to mess that up! Then, I applied the Boss using one of the blue applicator sponges and then stippled to add a bit of texture.
Using Caviar black, I painted the skirt and the top of the table. I did not paint the legs or outer edge of the top in black since I knew I’d be adding stripes there.
When I paint stripes I like to start with white. So I painted the legs and outer edge of the top in Fluff white.
Now time for the koi!
When the skirt of the table was fully dry (I dried it with my heat gun and it was cool and dry to touch in about 30 minutes), I applied the selected fish and flowers from the Dixie Belle transfer called Balance. I chose and cut the exact fish based on their colors from the four large sheets, and applied them individually. That is what I love about transfers! You can use your favorite parts from each transfer…mix and match and build your own unique looks!
With painter’s tape, I taped off all four legs that had already been painted with Fluff. I used a single piece of tape as my spacer so my stripes were even! I applied Caviar black to all open spaces and immediately removed the tape to reveal the stripes.
My tips for perfect stripes WITHOUT using the burnishing technique:
1. Use as little paint as possible on your brush (better to do two thin dry-brushed layers)
2. Make sure to de-tack your tape before pressing it onto your furniture (I stick mine to my shirt and remove it then place it on furniture).
OH, the tabletop!
This was my favorite part of the Koi Pond Side Table!!!!
I was going for a water vibe and may have gotten more of an earth vibe, but I still love how it turned out!
Using the stipple motion and round brushes, I applied four colors of blue:
1: Mermaid tail
2: The gulf
4: Pure Ocean
These were applied randomly with no pattern in mind. I kept my paint damp by misting it with water. Also, don’t mind me juggling multiple brushes. I wanted everything to be readily accessible for me to get it just right!
Using the Best Dang Brush to blend the color edges into each other gave it a really dreamy look.
I even used my mop brush to do the final fuzzy blend at the very end.
I love how the Caviar Black peeks through the blues giving it a deep ocean/earthy vibe!
That was exactly my plan!!
To add to this just a bit, I applied a single coat of Top Coat in Satin as a prep for a final layer of Best Dang Wax Black! Painting the top coat first and letting it dry, allows you to apply dark wax and then remove any dark wax that feels like too much!
Basically, apply the top coat and let it dry. Apply the dark wax heavily and wipe off with a baby wipe until you get the desired look you are after.
Remember to trust the process!
I had these four rectangles above each leg that needed addressing and I really struggled with color here. At first, I considered metallic gold, but when full-on whimsy by choosing fire orange! I created this orange by using the Color Lab on the Dixie Belle page, and tweaking that recipe a bit by blending in some Honky Tone Red at the last minute! I am really happy with this choice!
Finally, I am able to paint that outer table edge in white, and, using the same taping technique that I used on the legs, I striped that outer edge!
It’s the finishing chef’s kiss if you ask me!
A TINY addition of Gold Gilding Wax below each fiery orange rectangle and this piece is ALMOST done!
Two coats of Gator Hide to protect the top as all table tops deserve a good protector.
Satin Top Coat was used to seal the transfers and the rest of this table!
I am hoping this piece finds a home full of really fun people. Maybe in a lake house or a beach house!
I can see it being the entryway piece. Ready to greet the guest and hold all the keys?
Would you consider using this koi transfer called Balance?
I dare you! LOL!
I have a feeling you will love it too!
Here are some other DIY projects to inspire you!