Monday, February 16, 2015

Coffee Table

This is my first coffee table. I purchased it right after I got married, almost 15 years ago. It was a great table and despite the glass top it was very durable as it survived three kids monkeying around.  But I grew tired of it; my style changed and I needed something different. So, I sold it on Craigslist and began the hunt...

In the meantime, I needed something to put in its place, and I found this little folding tray table in my storage that I used to use for staging. This was going to be temporary until I found the permanent table.  However, it was this way for about a year. I am very indecisive when it comes to choosing something that will have to stay long term. Sorry, the picture is not very good of the table. I was featuring those pictures to sell and that was the focus of the photo. But you can get the idea here... yup, the couch is gross and no longer lives in this home, a new one is there now.  I'll show you in another post.

I like to visit the antique mall in my town, you never know what you are going to find there,  and it's fun to go once in a while and browse... Surprise, surprise, found this table...

Hmmmm... let me think about it... No, I didn't buy it that day, I told you I'm very indecisive, so I needed to sleep on it and get my wheels going with the possibilities. This is not always a good thing to do, usually I miss out on awesome stuff for this reason, and by the time I go back it's usually gone. But not with this table. This one was still there, waiting for a compassionate soul to help it find Grace again.

So I did, I purchased it for $50, yeah!! Don't you love a bargain? And it is solid wood and so strong and sturdy, which is a must, since this house transforms into a zoo quite often! :)
I couldn't wait to get started-I sanded the top to the bare wood.

and applied three coats of stain (please excuse my messy garage)

Then I painted the base of the table in Old White by ASCP

It looked awesome already, much better than before, don't you think? But I kind of wanted to experiment a bit and do something more to it. I've being hearing about the Dry Brush Painting technique and wanted to check that out. So I Googled it and found a very sweet girl with a video on YouTube- Heidi from "All that Brings Joy." I personally don't know her, but she did a great job explaining this technique in her video. So thank you Heidi for teaching me how to do it!!
The look the dry brush technique is supposed to achieve is kind of driftwood. So, I think it's best to paint your piece of furniture a darker color and then do the dry brush in a lighter color. But since I really wanted the table in white and decided to do it opposite, I chose Paris Gray by ASCP to do the dry brush technique...

All you do is get a tiny bit of paint on the tip of the paint brush and very lightly paint over the surface. You can kind of see it on this leg, before I applied a coat of dark wax.

Lastly, I dark waxed the table legs and apron, and put a coat of clear wax on the top to seal it and protect the wood. 

And here it is!!

(oops, please don't mind that pink little pony in the kitchen floor! ;) )

Thanks so much for reading! Hope you enjoyed my coffee table makeover!!


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  1. You inspire me to quit my job and spend my days in your garage covered in sawdust and paint!! I'm so excited for my next find!! Let the projects commence!!

  2. That will be a lot of fun Mama Peters!! come on over and lets DIY together!!!

  3. Love this...and so much better than the stupid tray!
    Nice work girl!