I thought I had some serious artistic potential in high school. Mrs. Anchors, my art teacher, taught me how to draw and shade. Sans the dog I attempted once, I hasn’t half bad. Some family members even got my own custom pencil drawings for Christmas gifts that year. They are probably in their closets now.
However, it turns out painting artistically, such as abstract pieces, is not my forte.
And that really sucks because I really like abstract art.
Well, some of it anyway. Some of it’s just weird.
When I created my black and white gallery wall, I knew I wanted some abstract art pieces on it. The ones I saw online were too expensive for my blood. However, as the gallery wall was in process, the kitchen makeover was also in process, so I had my friend Kellie at my disposal.
And I took advantage of her. Because she can make a mean abstract art.
She killed it and two of her pieces now hang on my wall. I have no doubt they will be priceless one day.
Now, fast forward to two weeks ago. I went on a rampage and cleaned out my entire craft room. I found one of those small, round wooden tables with the screw on legs that no home in the 80’s was without – although it was adorned with a ruffle-y, tacky tablecloth back then. You know the ones I’m talkin’ about.
And I had a thought…
Let’s make it an abstract table. It’s just a $3 yard sale table. Doesn’t matter if I screw it up.
So I did want any non-artistic person would do who wanted an abstract table.
I pulled Kellie’s abstract painting off the wall and copied it onto the table.
And this is shocking I know, but I pulled it off.
Step-by-Step DIY Abstract Table
- A table to paint, obviously.
- 1″ paintbrush
- Velvet Finishes Minimalistic (White)
- Velvet Finishes Enchanting (Green)
- Velvet Finishes Bold (Yellow)
- Velvet Finishes Luxurious (Black)
- Velvet Finishes Glamorous (Dark Pink)
- Velvet Finishes Exotic (Coral)
- Velvet Finishes Handsome (Navy)
I knew this table was going to get a lot of color, so I kept the “canvas” so to speak white, so that the colors would really pop. I did two coats of Minimalistic.
After the Minimalistic is dry, you are going to start on the abstract. The key with the abstract is doing one color at a time and letting it dry before adding more color. This keeps the colors from mixing together. Start with Enchanting.
Using a 1″ paintbrush, simply brush Enchanting onto your surface as shown above. With each color you paint on, you don’t want your brush to be really full of paint – just about halfway. You can always come back with more color, but its harder to take it away. If you have a larger surface than what mine is, add more of each color and/or make them larger as you paint.
After that dries, come back and add in Bold.
It only took my brushstrokes about 30 minutes – an hour to dry, so don’t worry this won’t take days on end to do. You are doing light coats of paint, so it dries faster.
After Bold, come in and do a stripe of Luxurious across both colors you’ve already painted as shown below.
Now, layer in Glamorous.
Glamorous will have a purple-ish tint to it over the black and green once it dries, personally I love it.
Add in Exotic.
Last, add in Handsome.
Add the brushstrokes of Handsome as shown, then come back with a loaded paintbrush and wave it above the surface to create the drips that you see. You could also do those drips with another color if you wanted to.
Another tip is to have baby wipes on hand – actually this is a good tip for anytime you are painting furniture – if you get paint someplace you don’t want it, immediately use a baby wipe to wipe it up. It usually takes it right off.
Here’s an image of the whole transformation. If I was really smart, I would make you a fancy moving GIF to go along with it, but I’m not. Sorry.
See! Abstracts are really easy.
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Disclosure: This post was a collaboration with Velvet Finishes. However, all opinions and copying of abstract art is 100% mine.
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