Before I jump into this gemstone mousse glam table makeover, let me say Merry Christmas, Friends!
I can’t believe we are only days away from Christmas in this craziest of years. May it bring exactly what our hearts need just as the original Christmas did.
I picked up this little table with great bones for about $11 quite a while ago.
Here are the supplies I used to give it new life.
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- Small table (thrifted)
- White Lightning
- Sawmill Gravy
- Moonshine Metallics (Gold Digger, Silver Bullet, Steel Magnolia)
- Morocco Stencil
- Gemstone Mousse (Golden Gem, Diamond)
- Satin Clear Coat
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Painting a Neutral Base of Sawmill Gravy
I wanted to keep my base color neutral, so I chose this warm very light beige called Sawmill Gravy. After cleaning really well with White Lightning, I painted it with 2 coats of Sawmill Gravy.
On the second coat, it’s helpful to mist with water to ensure a smooth level paint job.
When dry, I added our first layer of glam with some Moonshine Metallics. To do this, I brushed on a little Gold Digger, Steel Magnolia and Silver Bullet and then sprayed with water until it dripped down.
You can see the end result down the legs and around the base. I like how this gives an old world-ish look and adds interest.
The next step was to try out the new Gemstone Mousses in Golden Gem and Diamond. The other 2 colors I haven’t tried yet are Amber and Garnet.
The mousse is a unique type of product, so I want to take a little time to explain what it does and how to use it. It is eco-friendly, non-toxic, contains no VOC’s, and cleans up easily with soap and water.
First, you want to stir it well. The colors contain different ingredients that settle, so take a little extra time to make sure you’ve got it mixed well.
You can apply it with a cloth, a brush or your finger. I prefer a small artist brush.
Here’s a pro tip – you can add some clear coat to the mousse (just a couple drops) and it will dry quickly, sealed and still retain its brilliant sheen. I’d recommend the Gloss clear coat, but you can use Satin if that’s what you’ve got.
After it’s dry, you can even buff it for extra shine. It has a ton of pigment and color pay-off!
Here is a short video of me applying the gemstone mousse using the new Morocco stencil.
I usually prefer my stencils to have an aged worn look, versus having perfect crisp lines. To achieve that here, I just held the stencil in place and pounced on the gemstone mousse randomly switching between the 2 colors and leaving some areas very light.
A big flat brush, like the Best Dang brush, is really helpful for covering a large area. I finished the table by adding more Golden Gem around the legs and apron, and sealing everything with 2 coats of Satin Clear Coat.
I would have used my pro tip and mixed the clear coat with the gemstone mousse, but I learned it after this table was done.
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