Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Faux Malachite Coffee Table

As you all know, I'm obsessed with many things but nothing turns me on more than malachite.  Green is my favorite color and this stone, with it's 100 shades of green, has a special place in my heart.  A couple of years ago I started painting faux malachite objects and decided it was time to tackle something on a larger scale for my home.  Something that Tony Duquette would have loved.  I literally ran into this huge round coffee table at a thrift store and decided it was just the THING!  For $25 dollars, how could I go wrong?  If I messed up, a little decoupage and no one would be the wiser.  I'm so proud of this piece and I hope you love it as much as I do.   Remember to take risks, paint thrift store finds and always Make Your Mark!
Smack dab in the middle of my living room!
Before I piled on my stuff!
I think it needs more!
Watch how I made it here!
STUFF I USED
Thrift Store Coffee Table
Cardboard
Small torch or long arm lighter
 HERE'S HOW
1. & 2.  After you remove the table top from the base, use Sweet Mint, Sea Breeze & Sea Aqua to paint large cloud shapes in the 3 different colors on the table top
*There is no right or wrong way to do this, you just want color variation for the base
3.  Cut notches on 4" x 4" pieces of cardboard
4.& 5.  Mix equal parts Americana Glazing Medium and Americana Forest Green Acrylic 
on a paper plate
6. & 7.   Paint over part of the cloud shape with the mixture and then drag the notched cardboard over the wet mixture to create the lines
8.  Continue with this process until the entire table is covered with the faux malachite technique
*Cut smaller pieces of notched cardboard to get into the smaller spaces
9.  Use the Antique Teal and Evergreen to fill in some lines to create more variation in color
10. & 11.  Paint the rim and base of the table in Americana Decor Metallics in Vintage Brass
12.  Mix the E-6000 Glaze Coat according to directions and pour on top of the table
*Make sure the table is elevated, level and that there is plenty of newspaper underneath to catch the dripping glaze coat
13.  Spread evenly with a sponge brush making sure to take care of all the drips
14.  Pop the bubbles in the Glaze Coat with a small torch or long arm lighter, cover and cure overnight
15.  Replace the base on the table and you're ready to entertain!
So in love!

4 comments:

  1. My question is what did you use to cover it over night with?

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    1. I propped up some wood over the top (make sure what you cover it with does not touch the resin) and then put a drop cloth over the wood so that no dirt or dust would settle on the resin while it was tacky.

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  2. Omg!!! I don't even like green and I'm green with table envy!!! Your tutorial is amazing!

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    1. Happy you like it Jessica! It's still smack dab in the middle of my living room!

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