This Summer we had to make some large repairs to the exterior of the house which included building a garage. With everything displaced, I had nowhere to work so my list of projects was put on hold. Hopefully construction will be finished soon and I can share some pictures with you. With the holidays coming, I couldn’t wait any longer and spent the month of October tackling my long list of projects. All of which involved a tremendous amount of sanding. “Just keep sanding. Just keep sanding.” played on a loop in my head, thank you Finding Dory. Today I am sharing my rustic coffee table makeover with you. I love it so much, I would marry it if I wasn’t already married and you could marry furniture. It is entirely possible that even though I wore a mask, I inhaled way too much dust.
My list of projects include two dressers in our bedroom, two coffee tables, the MCM entertainment center and two french doors. It was tough, but I powered through and finished everything.
Originally the coffee table in the family room was a dining table. Big Daddy trimmed the base to coffee table height and transformed it into the perfect coffee table for the sectional couch. The round shape makes it easy to maneuver around. The only problem was that it was black. No matter what the family room looked like, the black color was never right and it showed every speck of dust. When I find a piece of furniture that is perfect in form and function, I would rather give it a makeover than begin the long process of finding another “perfect” piece.
It is a pretty dramatic change don’t you think? I sanded the top down to raw wood to tie the table in with the wood end tables. It took a week and about eight 50 grit sanding pads
and a lot of Motrin. I’m guessing that was because of the factory finished paint job.
I chose white for the table base. A while ago, I hung a white frame on the wall and was surprised at how well it made the wall color pop. It went from a bland beige to a crisp “now we are talking beige”. Since then I have been adding more white to the room and I’m really happy with how it is coming along.
Just so you know, I wanted to do a wood top/painted base for a while. Being the over thinker that I am, it took me a long time trying to figure out how to get a wood top. Do I get planks and trim them, pallet wood, a sheet of plywood and cut it in a circle? As usual the answer was simple, try sanding it first and see what’s under the finish. Sigh…
Once the top was sanded, the wood was oak and very white. I was nervous about how the wood would take the stain. I really wanted to come as close as possible to the color of the end tables which have more brown undertones. I decided to use a gel stain. Gel stain saved the chevron coffee table we made in the living room. I figured at the very least I would start with the gel stain and if it didn’t work I would
cry just keep layering stains until I got something I could live with a.k.a something that didn’t hurt my eyes. The wood grain retained a lot of the black paint. Before I applied the gel stain, I applied one coat of whitewash. the whitewash did the trick and muted the grain. Once that dried, I applied one coat of Minwax Antique Oak gel stain. The picture below is a closeup.
I love how it turned out. It looks weathered and old. It is not a perfect match to the end tables but it coordinates really well. My eyes are happy.
After two coats of Minwax Polycrylic we are now enjoying the fruits of my labor. I kept the styling simple with a large glass candle holder and a feather wreath that I got on clearance from HomeGoods ($12).
It looks really pretty at night. Although the Cats were eyeballing the wreath so I don’t know how long I can leave it on the table.
One last side by side. Which do you like better?
If you happen to run into Big Daddy, ask him how he likes the “new” rustic coffee table. I’m curious to hear his response. You see, it has come to my attention that when he runs into the neighbors and they tell him they like the color of our front door for example, he will reply “That makes one of us.” Meanwhile back at the ranch he was very much included in picking the color of the door. I chose a bunch of colors, narrow it down, ask his opinion, and get his approval before starting a project. Oh, just in case, I let him read this paragraph and made sure he was okay with it before I hit publish. I have the signed waiver to prove it..