Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cream, Turquoise and Copper Nautical Compass Table

A few years back, we decided to update the stair spindles going up to our bonus room. Being pack rats environmentally friendly, we saved them for some future purpose. They looked like perfect table legs, so my husband used a 24" round precut pine table top and added the spindles. It took me a while to decide how to paint it. I considered another clock face, since that seems to be my thing. In the end, I decided to go nautical! A compass for the top! What do you think?

Nautical Compass Table
I primed the table using a brown tinted primer. I used a dark bronze metallic paint as my undercoat. I love the crackled look, so I used crackle medium topped with white crackle paint. Once the paint cracks, the bronze shows in the cracks.
I found a compass image online and printed it large enough to be traced. To see how I trace, you can go to this posting.
I began to fill in my colors and outlined everything with a paint pen. To complete my perfect circles, I used a push pin in the middle of the compass with string attached. Once complete. I glazed the entire table with a chocolate glaze to tone it done and give it dimension. Here are some photos of the process.

Since I never have time to paint pieces for myself, this unique table can be found in my Etsy store.  
What unique ideas do you have for transforming an old piece of furniture in your home?


  1. This could be one of my favorite things I've seen of your projects! LOVE it!

    1. Thanks Jaimie! It's always fun to mix it up!

  2. Wow, what a fabulous idea. The execution is amazing too, it looks perfect!

  3. Oh my... This is so cool!!


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