Monday, January 7, 2013

Ombre Nesting Tables

I while back, I blogged on the Mycolor Project Blog about how I painted some nesting tables in an ombre effect. The idea just came to me (obviously since there are three tables, it makes sense to do a gradient!), but since then Ive seen other people do it, like Nicole, from Making It Lovely. Anyway, I wanted to show my project here, incase you guys could gain inspiration from it! 

It's funny to see my living room like this... I have since changed out the big chair (it's in storage now) for my old bamboo vintage one, and added a lot more color. Always changing! Anyway, here is my project...

I used MyColor™ inspired by PANTONE’s “Dusk” as my color base. Here are my cute bamboo tables, that I found at a thrift store. It was $10 for all 3.
(you can see where I’d painted the littlest one white a while back! I just couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with these tables until I did this.)

Photobucket

I decided to have my darkest color on the outside, so I painted the biggest table in the solid version of “Dusk”:

Photobucket

Next, it was time for the “medium” colored table. Sometimes people are afraid of mixing colors, but there is no need! The fun thing about mixing is you just do it until you get it right. You can dry your sample off with a hairdryer (like they do at the home improvement store) to see what it’s going to look like and make sure you like it.
I started out with this ratio, but I ended up using a 50:50 ratio, which was 50% MyColor™ inspired by PANTONE’s “Dusk” and 50% MyColor™ inspired by PANTONE’s “Gardenia”. I brushed the paint on with a little chip brush (the cheapie ones that you can throw away at the end because they are only $1 – but I always wash then save mine, since I paint everyday.)

Photobucket

For the last little table, which was the lightest color, I did a ratio of about 25:75 – 25% “Dusk” and 75% “Gardenia.” Make sure you mix really well – you don’t want streaks in your paint.
Here is the outcome, which I just love!

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

11 comments:

  1. Wow that looks really good! Great idea, I may just have to try it out.

    ReplyDelete
  2. These are beautiful I just love them, and the ombre worked out perfectly. What an amazing thrifting find! I found some bamboo chippendale chairs on craigslist that I posted about today. I plan to paint them black, did you have to do any sanding first?

    ReplyDelete
  3. I super-love this idea! Very cool!

    ReplyDelete
  4. thank you guys! I'm so glad you like.

    tiffany - i did lightly sand, but not too much since this bamboo surface will scratch easily.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Okay, I'm in...I LOVE this! This is going in my archives!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I just had to share your tables on my blog!

    ReplyDelete
  7. beautiful, I love how these turned out!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love these tables! Your Goodwill must be better than my Goodwill because I never find great furniture options OTP. Great work and I'm eager to see what you did with what looks like a knife block.
    Carrie
    carrie@neatsmart.com

    ReplyDelete
  9. I love these tables! Your Goodwill must be better than my Goodwill because I never find great furniture options OTP. Great work and I'm eager to see what you did with what looks like a knife block.
    Carrie
    carrie@neatsmart.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. Love these! I would have never thought to make them ombre but it adds such dimension!

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

    ReplyDelete
  11. Is it ok for me to say that I'm obsessed with your living room. I totally relate to your style. And I secretly envy people that can pick out an old piece and re-imagine it, so I love what you did with these nesting tables! Great post!

    ReplyDelete