Next, I spray painted Kilz primer on the entire end table. My media room has deep reddish maroon curtains in it, so I was lucky enough to find a clearance paint sample at Home Depot for less than a dollar that matched my curtains perfectly. After the Kilz was dry, I painted a coat of the maroon paint on.
I wanted a distressed vintage look, so banged it up with washers strung on a small rope, a hammer and nail and the sharp edge of a screw driver. I read on the internet that if you use wax on the base coat of your paint and then paint over it, it is much easier to remove the paint from the top for distressing. I tried a tea light candle, but it just crumbled. I found a white crayon in Sarah's crayon stash that worked great. I colored on the maroon paint in a few spots. Then I spray painted the table a dark brown. (I had to do this in the garage at this point because it was cold and rainy outside.... I did the "hold your breath, point, spray and run back inside method").
Once the brown spray paint was dry, I took a fine grit sand paper and steel wool to distress the paint. To remove the paint that I used the crayon on, I just used the edge of a screw driver and gently scraped the paint all over. In those spots, the paint simply chipped off. Next, I cut out the scrapbook paper to fit the table and Mod-Podged it on (LOVE that stuff!)
I read (or rather, watched) some helpful hints on the tutorials on Mod Podge Rocks blog. If you are new to Mod Podge, I would highly recommend watching.
And finally, it is dry.And then, put together.
It's the perfect size for the spot at the end. I LOVE it!Isn't this scrapbook paper great?? I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it and knew it would be perfect for our media room. After a year, we still don't have any art on the walls up there. There is more scrapbook paper in the pack, so I plan on Mod Podging it to canvas to hang on the wall. Here is a link to the see more of the paper on Tim Holtz's blog.