9 steps to creating a compass rose!

Recently I had this wonderful table that needed some loving.

It really was quite pathetic.
So I used Rub N Buff on the WHOLE thing.
And she looked like this…



Oh wait. Stop!
I MUST show you her before…



But, I felt like it was the perfect candidate for a Compass Rose.
I thought about a stencil. Too much work.
I though about a vinyl. Too expensive.
I left her to her own devices for a bit while I pondered.
Then…I decided to just tackle the darn Geometry that doing it myself would mean.
I hate math.

But…she ended up like this…

rubnbufftable, diy compass rose

Oh…you want to see the top? Well. stop fussing. I’ll show you.


Pretty happening don’t you think!
Read on to get 9 steps to creating a compass rose…


Here’s how to do one for yourself… in 9 simple steps.
It really is more simple then it looks.
It looks overwhelming.
But…take a breath and go for it!

compass rose1










Did you get all that?
Do you think you can handle it?
Well I know you can!!

By the way…can you guess what her name was?
Penelope Cruz.
:) She’s so foxy!

For some other furniture refinishing ideas try…

dresser turned T.V. buffet
Eleanor Roosevelt.
Gertie, the gossip bench.

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  1. Sharon says

    I have an antique family piece like this. If I screw it up I’m in trouble.
    My thoughts r to restain it and THEN put the rise on top!!!

    • says

      I used Rub and Buff. Love that stuff!! It was time consuming, but worth it! There are some great paints out there that would easily achieve the same look!

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