Wednesday, April 9, 2014

So Long To The Beer Pong...

When artist Denise Marie Saylor got her hands on this coffee table it had certainly seen better days.  It was a freebie from her daughter who also had received it for free.  Her daughter had it stored in her garage for quite awhile because of the terrible condition it was in.  Denise affectionately called it the "let's varnish while playing beer pong!" table.  

She writes, "It had oddly thick and peeling varnish with many many cup rings, or...cup dents? Anyway, I decided it was the perfect shape for the Betsy Ross table I had been thinking about doing."

After Denise stripped off the varnish (three applications and still needed lots of scraping and sanding), she applied Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite to the base and Old White to the top.  

Then she measured out the flag and painted it on top with Napoleonic Blue, Old White and Emperor's Silk.  

She searched the internet for high quality images that she could blow up and apply to the skirting around the edges.  She decoupaged the John Hancocks and the Declaration of Independence to the drawer face.  She used an image transfer technique to apply the slice of a painting of the founding fathers signing the Declaration.

Denise writes, "The handles were mailed to me from someone I didn't even know!  She saw them on a dresser on the side of the road and decided I could use them, put them in an envelope and mailed them to CA from across the country!  I was so appreciative!  I aged those awesome handles with Provence, Florence, Old White and Graphite."

To finish it up, Denise edged the table in gold gilding wax.  She used artist's acrylics to age the entire thing and sealed with two coats of Artisan Enhancements Clear Topcoat.  
How amazing is THAT transformation!  There better not be one beer pong game played on that table now!  May I ask whatever happened to people playing quarters?  That game took skill!  Pfft!  Bouncing a ping pong ball doesn't take skill!  Bouncing a quarter is a different story, although I don't recommend doing so on this table.  Even though George Washington's face is on the quarter this table has been declared independent of such childish drinking games from here on out.  

You can see more pictures of this table on Denise's Facebook page - Denise Marie Saylor Fine Arts.  This table is available for sale.  Hurry though because it won't last long.  Denise Marie Saylor Fine Arts is based in Santa Clarita, California.  Denise has been painting and drawing her entire life.  Head on over to her Facebook page and let her know you saw her on Furniture Flippin'.

Thanks so much Denise for sharing your stunning furniture flip!  

Okay, dear readers...get your flips in now before summer arrives and you all scatter outside.  Or before I run outside and can't be found.  Remember the more details the better.  Email me at .

See you tomorrow!
~ Stephanie


  1. Wow! What an incredible imagination! This table is amazing!

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  3. Amazed and impressed! Fabulous!

  4. You were certainly right. Any preconceived notions would have been lacking. Beautiful vision and beautiful finished product.


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