One of my favorite things about living so close to Washington, D.C. is being able to enjoy the world-famous cherry blossoms that bloom here every spring.
In 1912, Japan donated 3,000 cherry trees to the United States as a symbol of friendship. Planted around the Tidal Basin, the trees look beautiful when the blossoms burst in their pink and white glory. The National Park Service predicts this year’s blooms will peak between March 31 and April 3.
The napkins were perfect to decoupage onto this little three-legged table. The table is sturdy and has a great shape, but it was beat-up and dated. It needed an awesome spring bling cherry blossom makeover.
Now I can enjoy a little bit of D.C. spring all year round!
First, I painted the table Soft White by Real Milk Paint Company, the environmentally-friendly milk paint we carry at our shop All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia. I added a product called UltraBond to the paint because I wanted a smooth finish on this table. UltraBond is an “adhesion promoter” which means it helps the paint stick better and prevents that “chippy” look that milk paint is famous for.
Next, I applied the paper napkins around the front and back panels of the table with Mod Podge.
I tried something new for me. After the Mod Podge dried, I distressed through the napkins with sandpaper. My mom is crazy about this look and does it on all of her decoupage pieces. It makes me nervous! I just spent all this time arranging the napkins perfectly and smoothing out the air bubbles being extremely careful not to tear the delicate paper.
And now you want me to run sandpaper all over it?!
I was skeptical, but I took a deep breath and did it anyway. The sandpaper kind of burnished the napkins into the wood making those little cherry blossoms look like they have been there forever. It also distressed away parts of the design revealing bits of the white paint. I decided the paint job needed a little bit of distressing now too so I just took a little off around the edges for a more cohesive shabby look.
We are trying out a new metallic foil product from Dixie Belle Paints called Dixie Shine. I like it A LOT. (Because I like everything to look like Vegas, baby!) I’m going to play around with Dixie Shine some more and will have a full tutorial on it in an upcoming post.
On the cherry blossom table, I added some gold shine around the edge of the tabletop. Then I distressed through it a little bit after it dried so it wasn’t too much Vegas, baby!
This is Washington, D.C. after all. 🙂
Here’s the finished table!
All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique located in Leesburg, Virginia about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C. Stop by for a cup of coffee the next time you are in town!
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Spring is almost here. Hooray!
Just click on that little blue box down there with the frog on it to view all of the other awesome spring projects. You can also visit Hometalk, an online community where DIY’ers can ask home and garden questions, offer advice, post photos of their projects and share ideas. Just look for the #DIYMySpring hashtag.