Harlequin Tabletop Print

I guess I am in the masquerade mood because I just painted the top of my old coffee table with a harlequin print. 

Let me give you a little back ground about my coffee table. It belonged to my great grand mother who raised my father. It use to be her dinning room table and my dad once said that he ate many meals on it. That makes it very special to me and I felt very lucky that I was the child to receive it when my parents were ready to part with it.

Dad's table

My dad cut the base down and made it into a coffee table then my mom refinished it in a dark brown lacquered paint with a gold glaze. It really was a beautiful process that she used to refinish it. I remember her sanding and painting it when I was a young girl. I have since had it in several of my homes in the past. But when I started decorating in the Romantic Farmhouse Style the color just would not do. I sanded it down and painted it white. I did a terrible job repainting it or the old paint job just wanted to stay put. I’m not sure which. lol

table taped

Here is the top of the table. Many times with my projects I don’t go by the book or any rules but mine! lol Sometimes this is a good thing and sometimes its a bad thing, but one way or another I learn from the process. So when I went to tape off the harlequin pattern with painters tape I ran into a tiny problem. My tiny grand-baby decided since grandma Jo had taken everything off of this great new dancing floor she would try it out. So before I knew it the tape was peeling off. That meant I had to re-tape the table top. As I did so not only the tape came off but so did most of the white paint. I decided to make the best of this and use the original painted top as the dark parts of the print.

table close up

I sanded the tabletop down good to make sure that the white paint would stick this time. I used Vintage Market Chalk paint in Cotton for the white squares.

table white paint

Then I let it dry good. After it dried I removed the tape and applied a coat of brown glaze all over the table.

table brown

I used Rust-Oleum glaze in Java brown. This is pretty easy to use. I paint small sections at a time then wipe it down with a damp cloth. The longer you leave it on without wiping it the darker it gets.

table gold coat

I was not fussy about having the striped part just perfect on the edges because I would be roughing up the surface to give it that nice used look. After the glaze dried I lightly sanded the table down. Above is how it looked after the sanding.

table product

For the next step I used a gold crowning touch finishing paint all over the table top. I applied this with a rag and rubbed it in as I went. Letting it dry for an hour I rubbed in black silk wax all from Vintage Market & Design. It gave the tabletop a great gold simmer.

table gold coat

Here it is after this process. I let it dry over night.

table clear coat

Then I put on a coat of Vintage Market Clear Coat to seal it all in.

table finished

It dried really fast. I am very happy with the results.

able finished

I tried to get a good picture of the gold paint on it but the camera didn’t seem to want to pick it up very well. But this gives you some idea of what it looks like. Now it’s ready and waiting for my new old French furniture set! Can’t wait to finish up that project to show you.

table Collage

If you like what you saw today please pin the above collage. Thank you!

Etsy Collage

Have an amazing day!

Hugs, Jo

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44 thoughts on “Harlequin Tabletop Print

  1. Beautiful. Love all the history to this adorable table and now it looks so stunning with the new design. Great Re Love.


  2. Hi Jo, I absolutely adore Harlequin pattern. Matter of fact so much so I have painted it throughout our home. It makes appearances in nearly every room and adds playfulness. Now I wonder if you willl find something else that you will paint Harlequins on 😉 Happy painting!


    • Hi Vera, you know that I was actually thinking about doing a couple more table tops in it with a little different color. I was worried that it might over whelm my small place. I love yours and I was thinking about you hall way when I did it. I love it. Have a great Halloween! Hugs, Jo


  3. I love the distressed look that resulted because you went with the flow and didn’t fight the process, trying to make it perfect. It’s just beautiful. I’ve learned not to fight with a piece when the paint isn’t perfect. I had a telephone table that the paint peeled off when I removed some paint tape. I let it go and the results were so cool. It sold pretty quickly so I guess someone else felt so, too.


  4. Jo, this table looks lovely. I’ve done diamonds before and it was no picnic. The lines of your table work so effortlessly with the top’s design Great job. I saw your link at Friday’s Furniture Fix link party.


  5. Love this makeover! I’m a sucker for all things black and white, so this immediately caught my eye 😉 Thanks for linking up to The Creative Circle!


  6. Jo, what a fabulous redo! Love how it turned out girl. The addition of the gold is beautiful and what wonderful history behind this piece! Thanks for sharing it and your talent with SYC.


  7. Hi Jo, you talented thing you! Featuring you at SYC this week. Also, I am posting about the ‘Creating Christmas’ link party on SYC today. Please hop over and grab the image, add a link to your blog and place on your side bar. Also, would love if you posted about it and encouraged others to share it on their sidebar as well.


  8. You did a wonderful job painting this table! It’s beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday! This table is this week’s featured project!


  9. I love this and you know what? I have a harlequin stencil that I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT!!! Thanks for reminding me. I need to find that and create with it!!! 🙂 Pinning to the highlights board. Thanks for sharing!!!!


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