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How to Refurbish an Old, Water-Marked Table with FolkArt Home Decor Chalk and FolkArt Multi-Surface Paints Part 2

Part TWO

Last week I shared with you "How to Refurbish Your Table Using FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Part 1.  If you missed it, you can review and catch HERE.

So ... now my FolkArt Home Decor Chalk refurbished table is ready to be decorated with painted hydrangeas using FolkArt Multi-Surface Paints! I know the painting may look difficult, but I promise if you follow step by step along with me, and practice, you will paint just like me!  These leaves and flowers are very loose and not exact, you will love it!

Here's a list of the supplies I used:

  • 2894  FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint - Wicker White
  • 2904  FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint - Vivid Orange
  • 2909  FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint - Burnt Umber
  • 2913  FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint - Lemon Custard
  • 2915  FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint - Citrus Green
  • 2917  FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint - Classic Green
  • 2920  FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint - Teal
  • 2925  FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint - Ink Spot
  • 2926  FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint - Cobalt Blue
  • 2928  FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint - Lavender
  • 2931  FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint - Orchid Blossom
  • 2932  FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint - Steel Gray
  • 2933  FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint - Medium Gray
  • 2934  FolkArt Multi-Surface Paint - Licorice
  • Brushes - No. 1 Liner, and No. 4, 6, 10 Flats
  • 34170  FolkArt Home Decor Clear Wax
  • 34909  FolkArt Home Decor Paint / Wax Brush Set (Wax Brush ONLY)
  • Miscellaneous Supplies:  Brush Basin or container for water, foam plate for palette, paper towels, Fiskars Circle Template, Pencil


So, let's get started!  I began designing the placement of the hydrangea blossoms within the painted White Adirondack border.  Using a circle template and a pencil, I lightly traced 2", 2.5", and 3" circles randomly. 

The leaves were painted first.  Using a No. 10 Flat brush, paint the leaf Classic Green; allow to dry.  As mentioned above, these are painted very loose and jagged edges are totally acceptable!

Using the same brush I added Burnt Umber at the base of each leaf by patting the color on.  I also painted at this time, a Burnt Umber curved vein in the center of each leaf.

Wipe the brush of excess paint onto a paper towel.  Load Citrus Green and highlight the leaf edges.  Touch the flat bristles on the edge, pull and lift at the same time, stroking toward the base of the leaf.  This is a short, quick stroke.

Next, I wiped the brush clean again and added a Teal blush to the dark side of the leaf.  Simply pat the Teal on as an accent.

On the light side of the leaf add a blush of Orchid Blossom.

Now it is time to add a little definition to the loosely painted leaf.  I loaded the No. 1 Liner brush with thinned Burnt Umber and repainted the vein, stroking from the base towards the tip.  You can see here again how "loose" these leaves are painted.  This is exactly the look I was going for.   Perfect for beginner painters!

The last step is to paint the wiggle leaf edge using thinned Burnt Umber and the same liner brush.  Isn't this a fun look?

And now the steps you have been waiting for ... How to Easily Paint a Hydrangea Blossom ....  If you look closely at the painted table, I painted the blossoms in two color ways..  1.  Ink Spot, Medium Gray, and Lavender; AND 2.  Cobalt Blue, Lavender and Orchid Blossom.  This is the first color way .... notice the colors are patted within the penciled circle keeping the darkest color at the bottom of the blossom.  I patted the paint color on and only lightly blended between the colors.

Working quickly while the paint is still wet, load a No. 6 Flat brush with Wicker White.  Paint four petals like a "plus sign" stroking towards the center.  With each stroke, some of the underneath color will be picked up and carried to the next stroke which is a good thing!  Occasionally wipe your "dirty" brush on a paper towel and pick up clean Wicker White. Do not wash your brush at this time, continue working with the "dirty" brush only wiping excess paint and adding  fresh Wicker White when needed. 

Continue adding petals within the circle until the entire hydrangea flower head is covered with small overlapping petals.  Paint a few small accent petals outside the flower head stroking in toward the center.

Add Lemon Custard small polka dot centers to the four petal flowers using a liner brush.

TIP:  Here is a great tip .... when painting a hydrangea blossom close to the painted border, add a piece of stencil tape along that edge as added protection!

Butterflies ... Paint each butterfly Lemon Custard and the body Licorice. 

If desired, add a second coat of Lemon Custard.  Add Vivid Orange at the base of each wing close to the butterfly body.

With thinned Licorice on a Liner brush, paint the antennae and outline each wing.

Using the same brush filled with thinned Licorice, paint a couple detail strokes on the large wings and paint descending sized dots as a flight path from the butterfly.

And of course, my table needed a few dragonflies .... Paint the body Classic Green. Load a No. 6 Flat brush with Wicker White then stroke through Teal.  Paint the wings with this light Teal brush mixture.

Thin Burnt Umber with a touch of water, load the liner brush and outline the wings. 

Also paint descending flight path dots from the dragonfly.  The last step was an accent of flyspecking using an old toothbrush and thinned Steel Gray.  I added the tiny specks of color around the painted elements not over them.

And here is another look at my finished table.  FolkArt Home Decor Chalk with its rich, ultra matte finish was the base of my transformation and FolkArt Multi-Surface Paints offering a Satin finish were perfect for the decorative painting portion of this project!


To complete my table transformation project, I allowed it to thoroughly dry overnight before applying a coat of FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Clear Wax to the entire table.  I waited 24 hours then buffed the waxed surface using a clean, dry, lint-free soft cloth. 

I am in LOVE with my table, are you? 

Kinda makes you look around for a piece of furniture to create and give new life to, doesn't it?

Posted: 9/16/2014 12:00:00 PM by LEAP | with 0 comments
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