Thursday, August 15, 2013

How to Paint a Nautical Table

Hello there! I am finally able to sit down and write a post. The month of August is always crazy for me and I am feeling like I can barely get anything done. So, what do I do when the laundry piles up and dishes need to be done...I go garage saleing (not sure if that is even a word).  I guess you can say garage saleing is my retail therapy! I love buying somebody else's junk  stuff and re-painting it.  At a  garage sale that I went to a few weeks ago I found a 1970's looking Queen Anne round table for $5.00. It was in great shape and I loved the style! I wanted to share with you how made this little table over with some paint and elbow grease.  

I did some searching for creating a Nautical compass and found a great tutorial at Vintage Revivals. You should really go check out Mandy's blog, her creativity is amazing!

I know everybody loves a good before picture! So here is what my little table looked like before she got a make over.  She was in sad shape!

The first step in re-painting furniture is to clean it and sand it down. I also removed the weird fence things that were in the middle of the table. 

I painted the table with my free sample of Clark and Kensington primer + paint from Ace Hardware. The color is called "Peaceful River" and it is a flat paint.  I did two coats of paint to make sure everything was covered. After I finished painting I started drawing the lines for the compass. I found the center point of the table. I measure the table top from the top to the bottom and divided the measurement by two. I then just followed Mandy's directions and scaled it down to my table. The one thing you must do is to make sure each line is the exact same length on all four sides. 

After I had all of the lines drawn I used two different colors to paint the compass. I alternated the gray on the inner star and white on the outer star. I already had some mis-matched paint that I bought at Lowe's.

I then took a glass plate and traced it on the center of the star to create a circle.

I painted the N, S, E & W using my chalk transfer method and painted the circle white.

I think it is so fun to look back and see what this piece of furniture looked like before and what it looks like now. I am always so amazed at what a few coats of paint can do! I usually spray paint everything but I think I might be a little addicted to painting furniture with a paintbrush. 

Now I just need to come up with a name for this little cutie table. Do you think Kim Kardashian would be upset if I name it North West? ;) 

I hope you all have a great week almost weekend!

By Stephanie Lynn


  1. Wow Melissa that came out fantastic, you did an amazing job! Absolutely love it!

  2. Dear Melissa is perfect idea the circle white the nĂ¡uticas compass,, beautiful color , to look so fun

  3. So pretty! My mom bought this exact able at an estate sale not too long ago...I need to show her what you did with yours! XO

  4. I love this so much!! What a fantastic makeover!!
    On behalf of Lisa, Cindy & myself, thanks so much for sharing this at our "Best Of The Weekend party"! I am pinning this to our party board and to another big board too.
    Have a great weekend!

  5. I love this - I have a table I have been wanting to put the nautical compass on but, just haven't done it yet... this looks amazing... Found you through Best of the Weekend Party following through Bloglovin...

  6. Awesome job! I'd love for you to link up to The DIY'ers.

  7. This truly is an amazing after. More than just paint....a total transformation. I love the colors and the centerpiece design. This would be a true conversation piece in any home.

    Thank you so much for sharing at this week's Project Inspire{d} ~ pinning.

    Mary Beth

  8. Hi Melissa! I just wanted to pop over to let you know that I am featuring your beautiful table tomorrow night at Best of the Weekend! Excited to put it in the spotlight! :) Thank you again so much for sharing and have a fantastic Friday!

  9. Wow.. you really saved that table. It is so beautiful now.

  10. I absolutely love your beautiful table and featured it at tonight's Project Inspire{d}: Thanks so much for linking up!

  11. Wow, what a beautiful transformation! I'm hopping over from project inspire! Have a great week :) ~ XXOO Wendi @ H2OBungalow

  12. Melissa! That looks SO, SO, SO beautiful! I am thoroughly impressed with your skills.

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