I was recently sent a bare whitewood table from Minimum World doll house furniture and asked if I would decorate it.
If you are not confident enough to make your own furniture from scratch but want to decorate some in your own style, then barewood furniture is for you. It's cheap to buy and readily available.
This is the surface of the table I was sent - unfinished limewood/whitewood with a regular, open grain
You can stain it in a variety of colours
You can paint it in faux finishes to make it look like weathered planks
You can use decoupage and glue paper to the surface
I decided on a vintage look for my table and started by painting the whole thing with a very watered down black acrylic wash to make it look old. The black will be the base that I hope, will show through in places under the second layer of paint.
Then I painted it with white acrylic. For this layer I didn't add water but used very little paint on the brush. It gives the effect of age to the table as if the outer layer of paint has been worn over many years of use.
I resized it in inkscape so that it would fit onto the table top
Then following the advice on the video, you print the image onto wax paper (wax side up) and place it onto the wood with the wax surface faced down. Because the ink isn't absorbed into the waxy finish, the ink remains wet.
This is the table after I let the ink dry for a couple of hours. Very vintage chic, no?
Have a wonderful weekend