Happy Sweltering Summer ATT Readers! It’s me, Beth again from Sawdust and Embryos, back with another tutorial! …In hopes of stirring up some widespread creativity to help get you through the dog days of summer! Creating is like caffeine for my soul! You too? I knew it!

So ok… I stumbled (almost literally) into this little vintage industrial-ish mini-table and chairs for 5 bones on one of my thrifting adventures. And it was perfect timing, because my twins were turning 1 the next day. So I snatched it up!


Although the avocado green and rusty orange were charming in their own retro way, I had just the place in my kitchen for this little set, so I wanted to incorporate the dark teal wall color in my kitchen, as well as my obnoxiously orange small appliances.

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I began by disassembling everything, lightly sanding (even the metal legs) with 120 grit sandpaper, and priming. Kilz is meant for metal too, so you’re good to go!

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Then, I painted the table legs and chair legs a glossy white…


…and the the chair seats and backs Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze. I didn’t photograph the priming step… OOPSY!

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Using this as inspiration, I decided to try my hand at some Chevron-y Ikat-y goodness. It’s hard to go wrong with sloppy, squiggle zigzags… am I right my friends?!

I started with one color (using acrylic paints), and did a couple different zigzags in varying widths. Trying to be as random and hasty as possible!


And then I just added more colors as I went!


The beauty of this is that you can paint your own custom piece of artwork to put above your mantle. And not only is it ‘local artwork’ … it’s YOUR artwork! And it’s oh so simple. Truly.


We finished ‘er off with some Polycrylic (Minwax) for ultimate durability and wipe-ability.


People, you could do this as an entire accent wall… in one afternoon, and all your friends will be jones-ing for your creativity.


And I’ll leave you with this adorable photo of my little critters enjoying their new crafting table on their birthday! Paisley’s even blowing you a kiss! MUAH!


Now pop on over to our blog Sawdust and Embryos and get lost in our archives! We’ve got lots of fun tutorials to share!


  1. Megan Marie says

    Oh my goodness, this is gorgeous! Reminds me of a painting I did in school years ago.

    You are amazing, thanks for your sweet posts and inspirational blog, you have been helping me through some difficult times by staying busy with DIying, thrifting, etc. :)

    Thanks, you help people more than you may even realize.

    Megan Marie


  2. Jaye Leon says

    Love the table but REALLY love the walls! Did you did those? Looks so rich! What is Paisley's sister's name? I have twin granddaughters that they named Irelynn and Scotlyn. Yep, we have our own United Kingdom!

    I started following you yesterday and SO glad I did. Such inspiration!

    Jaye @ Just Trying to Make Cents of it All

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