Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Nautical Star Table {Compass Rose Tutorial Link}

Hey Curb Alert! Friends.   Thank you so much for your sweet compliments on my Red Kitchen Reveal.  I have really enjoyed the space as it has been perfect for my growing family. 

While I have been painting away in the kitchen I have also been working on a little side project.  If you follow me on Facebook you may already have a hint at what it looks like. 

More commonly known as the 

Compass Rose!

I've always referred to it as a nautical star so hence the name!

I am linking this post up to Debbiedoo's Magazine Copycat Party!  It's been awhile since I have participated and I am so excited!  Instead of a magazine copy, I am copying another blogger - I'll fill you in on that in a moment.

Now on to my table...

I found the little table in sad shape at Goodwill for $9 months and months ago.  I first envisioned it as a little Tea Party Table for Buttercup. I sanded the wood veneered top and very lightly sanded the base and legs.

I would have loved to have stained the top but it was pretty damaged and spots of particle board were showing through. 
I decided to follow the same tutorial as I did on my Pottery Barn Wannabe Dresser and paint the entire thing black. 

Summary:  Sand, primer, then paint - see full tutorial link on the dresser post.

That turned out great and I loved the distressing on the edges.
(this was pre-staining)

...and then a touch of stain...

Photo: Today's painting project!

I was pretty satisfied with it until I saw this awesome table refinished by Janel at 
I fell in LOVE with the compass star/nautical star (I have the same star on my metal fireplace screen) and knew it would be perfect for my new gameroom table ahem, Buttercup's tea party table. 


compass rose1

Oh my goodness, thanks Janel. 
Here is my interpretation of the instructions:

Photo: Can't . Stop. Sanding. . .

It was the easiest tutorial to follow along in only 9 easy steps.   I started off penciling in my lines, then painted in the entire star an "oops paint" light brown.  LOVED the design, HATED the color.  I then sanded off the brown back to the original tattered table top and liked how it turned out.  

I have to admit I felt a little stupid as an afterthought and realized that I could have just kept the star portions of veneer as is and painted around the lines in the first place but NO, I did it bass-ackwards!
Trial and error, that's usually how I roll.  It's all in the process, right?  That's how we learn.

Lots of elbow grease in sanding, then straightening up the lines with tedious painting, a few hours later my little table ended up looking fabulous!

Now for some pretty pictures!

Look at those cute legs!

Lookin' good mate!

I cannot express how happy I am with the results and cannot wait to play tea party with my 
Curb Alert! Side-kick.  It's the perfect size for her!
I think she kinda likes it too! 

Now run over to Debbiedoo's
January 28th
Go take a look!


Have a great week! 
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Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

Now I want one.. Can I be a copy cat... ME LIKEY !!!!!!!!!!!

Rita said...

that's pretty awesome, and I agree, it takes LOTS of trial and error to get just what you're looking for. I love this table!

chillin with Quillin said...

love it!!!!

Christine from MyMilkGlass said...

holy moly it is fabulous

Amy Marshall said...

Love the table and I love your red kitchen (my favorite color). I'm your newest follower.:)

Have a great weekend!


Maria Elena said...

Tami, you really have done an amazing job with this table. It loos amazing! You are so good at refinishing furniture!

Debbiedoo's said...

I loved Nellies and I love yours. Fantastic! Looks gorgeous. You know how much that would cost in retail...let's say A LOT! Thanks for sharing Tami.

Shannon Fox said...

Janel did do a beautiful job on her table. And so did YOU! What a gorgeous makeover Tami. It's a stunner.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Wow, it looks great! I think the black paint makes the compass rose stand out nicely.

Linking from Debbiedoos,
Ricki Jill

Dewdrop Gardens said...

I love it, I've seen it done too and thought I'd like to copy-cat it. Very great job on yours!
Saw you sharing at Debbiedoo's
Debbie :)

Stacey said...

Looks so pretty and the price is right!
Thanks for sharing - have a blessed week!
Stacey of Embracing Change

angel gonzales said...

I love the table! I love the star design. The black color is just perfect! Now, i want to have one. Thanks for sharing!


Pamela said...

Tami it turned out beyond fabulous lady!!!

Julie said...

That is beyond gorgeous! How did I miss this? You are one talented lady!!! XO

Tried and Twisted said...

Very classy finish! I love the appearance of mixed stain and paint.

Karen Cooper said...

Gorgeous! I'm so glad that Julie included it in the Looksi showcase! It's really beautiful!

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