Faux Leopard Table Top

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Faux Leopard Table Top
It's time for my second Themed Furniture Makeover Day and as I said before, I am so excited and honoured to be a part of this amazing group of bloggers. This months theme is "Animal". My first idea was to upholster a bench in some faux leopard fabric that I found at the thrift store. But then my animals… cats… decided to stake claim to it… and so I didn't have the heart to take it from them and put a faux fur fabric only to have our cats sleep on it… so on to plan "B"…

So as you guessed by the title, I chose to try a leopard pattern with paint as my "AMIMAL" furniture makeover. I wouldn't even have attempted this, if I hadn't finally found a faux finisher's best friend… GLAZE!

Clear glaze that will turn acrylic paint into semi-transparent water-colour like paint. I have been looking for GLAZE in the US for years and had never seen it at LOWES until about a week ago. Oh JOY! It was kind of like finding the "Holy Grail"! I heard birds chirping, and saw doves flying… okay maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but suffice it to say I was sooo grateful to have finally found some! ;o)

Enter this sad little side table that I had found at a garage sale. The top was really scuffed up, but that didn't bother me. It was inexpensive and I could always paint it.
I started out by sanding the top and painting it a buttery yellow. You can use an old white or a beige if that is the undertone that you want. I wanted more of a tan colour, but didn't have any and figured once I added the other colours, the base coat would look more subtle. Choose a medium brown colour for the under coat and then a dark brown, almost black for the spots. Mix the glaze and paint 1 to 1. A little goes a long way. Make sure to feather in the first 4 steps soon after applying and before the glaze dries.

I decided to paint the edges and legs with the leftover blackish brown glaze that I had mixed. You could probably get away with adding less spots. I added a lot of spots in my attempt to have both sides match one another. I wouldn't suggest doing a mirror image for your first time at attempting this look. Of course I simplified and stylized the pattern of real leopard. But there are so many versions to use for inspiration.

Hope I have inspired you to give faux leopard a try. Use your imagination and give glaze a try.
Make sure to check out all of the other "ANIMAL" themed furniture pieces that my friends linked below…

Blessings,
Lucy







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13 comments

  1. This is amazing! When I first saw it I thought it was scrapbook paper decoupaged! You are one talented lady!!!

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  2. I thought for sure that was paper on the table! AMAZING job!

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  3. I totally thought you added fabric to the table top! You've got some serious skills! Gorgeous results! XO

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  4. Awesome! I thought that was paper or fabric top! Great job!!

    Nancy

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  5. You make painting a faux leopard print seem like something I could actually do after seeing your process step-by-step. Your table looks great!

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  6. Thanks ladies… I think next time I may just decoupage some paper but I had fun playing with glaze after so many years!

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  7. This is stunning! Love your leopard pattern especially with the depth and color variation...super tutorial too! XO-Wendi @H2OBungalow

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  8. Wow your leopard print painting skills impressed the heck out of me! Love this table.

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  9. Wow, I'm totally impressed you did that by hand! Seriously, it looks like it's either paper or decoupage. Lots of talent right there!

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  10. I couldn't believe this wasn't paper or fabric! The paint looks so real. Very creative!

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  11. Lucy, this table is awesome - the faux leopard skin looks like fabric or paper. You did such a great job - I love glaze - one of my favorite products to use. Thank you for sharing your step by step with Share It One More Time. Cathy

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  12. This makeover is incredible! At first I thought you'd used some kind of printed paper, but to see how you hand-painted it - Wow!!! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing with Creative Spark! I'm featuring your table makeover at this week's party. Hope you'll link up with us again. The party starts at 6am EST tomorrow :)

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