Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Blue Bird On Bermuda Sand

Vintage table, distressed painting, Valspar Bermuda Sand, Color transfer
Now back to transfers.

I promised an advanced course, but it seems life has gotten in the way of me completing a tutorial so we will continue with tables painted in ...

Bermuda Sand.

I am wondering just how many times I can say "Bermuda Sand" without you clicking "Close Tab"!

Well, you did stick with me through my "Sweet Pea Pink" stage - you must be a steadfast bunch.

Found another of those nifty occasional tables.

Found it right in my house.

Did it look this bad?

Yes, but was covered by a pile of vintage linens.

First a heavy duty sanding.

Next a couple of coats of Bermuda Sand.

I toyed with the idea of staining the top and the medallion underneath, but the finish was not that great.

The real Distressed Donna is back there curtsying because it was sunny and eighty degrees the day I was doing makeovers.

Looks perfect, doesn't it?

You knew I was going to distress it.

Then that little medallion thingy was staring me in the face wanting a bit of bling.

And I was feeling disappointed with myself for enjoying the outside and not working on the advanced transfer tutorial.

So ...

I decided to give you a sneak peek of advanced transfers - in living color!

I dug out a waxed paper transfer I had neglected to use straight from the printer.

The trick here is to remember which side has the ink and lightly dampening the surface where you plan to lay the transfer.



Follow the same directions as before.

Notice this image is a blue one.

A table in Bermuda Sand.

A blue bird on Bermuda Sand.

Distressed Bermuda Sand, spray matte varnish over the blue bird, and a clear coat of wax to seal the deal.

Practice your transfers, folks.  We will be moving on to more color transfers soon - like next week.

See y'all!

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  1. Beautiful job Donna! Loving your "Bermuda Sand" :)

  2. Donna, great job. I love that swallow motif - finding it hand-worked into vintage linens, beaded purses and china is always a treat, and your table can be grouped in that list now too.

  3. I am loving this transfer thing and can't wait to give it a try girl...just as soon as I have some time to myself! That cute bird on the bottom is perfect!

  4. Lovely! You are the transfer queen!

  5. Please come do my transfers so that I don't have to cry over my projects!!!! That is beautiful!!

  6. Nicely done. I love the way you put the little bird on the bottom....Perfect!!

  7. I love everything about that table...nice save, DD.

  8. I love the idea of the little blue bird on the medallion at the bottom. It's unique and unexpected. You've got a hit on your hands here, for sure. Your last couple of projects have had such fun structures too. But if it's only occasionally a table, what is it the rest of the time?

  9. Another beautiful make over, Donna! I like the blue bird you added, and don't blame you one bit for being outside in the lovely SC weather we've had. Hope you are well!
    Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

  10. Love how your table turned unique!
    How lucky for you to be enjoying warm weather!
    Still only 40 here with a north breeze.
    To top it off......I am fighting the cold from Hell today!!

  11. Miss Donna; Your Bermuda Sand Table is just to die for!!! What a thing of sheer Delight and Beauty!!!! The Bird Transfer is so Perfect on this Antique Table!!!
    I am hopeful that you will keep this Table, as it looks so Stunning!!!
    Thank-You so much for the Transfer Lessons!!! I hope that you and Chucks are doing well....Take Care :-)

  12. Hi Donna,
    I love this sweet table and your bird transfer is just the finishing touch it needed. I haven't got the transfer thing down but I'm working on it.


  13. I love this project! Such an adorable little table and the colors and transfer are perfect. I am going over now to look for a reverse image for a piece for the kitchen. I hope I find one I like...:) I'll share when I finish!

  14. I like the little table very much, Donna! So charming and vintagey. Lovely colors.

  15. What an adorable table! I love the bird graphic. Very clever. Thanks for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday! :) Julie

  16. Oh, Bermuda Sand seems absolutely perfect, especially with a touch of blue!

  17. Loving the Bermuda Sand. The transfer is awesome.

  18. Found you on Coastal Charm, Show and Share party...
    The little table is fabulous and the bird is the perfect touch! Lovely.
    Judy @

  19. I have a sweet bluebird teacup and saucer that would look right at home on that gorgeous table of Bermuda sand! lol! Gotta try this method soon! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  20. This is a stunning makeover, I love the bird transfer you did, looks beautiful and gives it something special.

  21. Sweet makeover, love the bird!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  22. Your bluebird looks just like the image on "Bluebird China". I love them, but they're such a high priced collectible. So, I'm in love with your table, that birdie is just the perfect little accent!


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