Antiquing a flea market table

I recently purchased a not so cute looking half-moon shaped table at a local antique market. It was a light brownish-red shade of wood with a glass inset on the top with a brass colored orĀ gold stripe surrounding it. It was only $40 so I picked it up to try my hand at chalk painting along with a crackle finish.

Here is what the table originally looked like. I forgot to take a picture before I started painting so took it as soon as I remembered.

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I failed to read the directions on the bottle of the Amy Howard Cracked Patina finish and would have saved myself some steps and some time if I had. I’ll explain that later.

My first step was painting the entire flea market table with Amy Howard Windsor chalk paint. I really liked this color and would like to one day find something to paint in this shade.

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After letting that dry for about an hour, I painted over that color with Amy Howard Linen chalk paint. Again I let that dry for about an hour before I put on a coat of the cracked patina finish.

2015-03-02 12.58.492015-03-02 13.56.02The owner of the shop where I bought the paint and crackling medium said I would be able to see it starting to crackle as it dried. Well that wasn’t happening so that’s when I decided to read the directions for the finish. I was supposed to put on the cracked patina, let it dry for 2-3 hours then paint with my first color. After letting that dry for about an hour then I could add my second color for a layered look.

So I let the crackling medium dry then painted with the Windsor (again), let that dry for an hour and painted with the Linen (again).

2015-03-02 15.39.562015-03-02 18.27.24This time I did see some type of crackling happening. I liked the way the old flea marketĀ table turned out although it’s not the type of crackled look I was envisioning. Still, I like it much better than before.

I searched Pinterest for some ideas on how to decorate the table and settled on a large glass jug with one floral piece in it, a custom made Landry Family tin sign, and a German weatherhouse like my grandmother had when I was a kid.

2015-03-10 07.30.43There’s also a bottom shelf to the table where I put a couple hardback books with an old wooden shoe mold on top of them.

I’m really liking the way it all turned out! Not bad for an ugly $40 flea market table!2015-03-25 10.51.262015-03-25 10.49.50

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