Coffee Table Makeover
I refinished an oak dining room table a little while back that was very popular so I decided to use the same technique on this Coffee Table Makeover. Below you will find the complete tutorial for this project!
Paint brush- any kind
I purchased this solid pine coffee table for $10 (a steal!) from a Facebook post.
I love combining stain with paint. I used my palm sander with an 80 grit sandpaper to sand off the existing stain and then wiped it down with tack cloth to get rid of any sawdust left behind.
I used the Minwax Water Based Wood Stain in the color “River Stone.” Usually I apply wood conditioner when working with pine because pine is so soft and porous and will soak up a lot of your stain or paint but I actually wanted the stain to soak in quite a bit so I skipped that step. I wanted the top of the table to have a cool white washed look.
Using a foam brush (or paint brush) apply the stain with the grain of the wood and then take a clean cloth and wipe off the excess. Make sure you read the instructions on your can. This particular stain instructs you to wipe off the stain no longer than 3 minutes after its applied.
Here’s what it looked like after staining.
The fun part! This is where you really get to feel like an artist. I mixed 1 part white chalk paint with one part water. Barely dip the paint brush into the paint mixture and make sure to squeeze out the excess. Apply it with the wood of the grain and use a clean rag to wipe it off immediately after applying. This will help blend it into the wood and will avoid that streaky look. Now, in some areas I wanted it to look a little streaky (see middle pic above) so in that case I didn’t rub it in with a cloth afterwards. I also wanted to add some dark tones so I used my Graphite Chalk Paint and applied the paint using the same technique except I didn’t actually mix the paint with water. I didn’t want to waste the paint because I was only going to use a very tiny amount (see above picture on the right). I dipped the bristles of the brush in a shallow dish of water, rung it out completely so it wasn’t dripping and then just barely dipped the brush into the Graphite. I added the Graphite where I thought it needed some darker tones. This process was the most time consuming. I would add some graphite and then it would look too dark so I would go back and add some white, but then it would look too light, etc.
After going back and forth with white and graphite, I finally got to a point when it looked exactly the way I wanted it to!
This is an optional step. When I’m painting with a very light (like white) paint over a wood stained surface, I like to prime it first. It saves me from applying a third coat of paint! Those of you who have bought Annie Sloan Chalk Paint know that it’s not cheap so making a can of paint last as long as possible is a priority of mine!
This picture was taken after one coat of primer. Once the primer had dried I quickly sanded it down with my hand sander and some 220 grit sandpaper. I applied two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and then lightly distressed it with more fine grit (220) sandpaper.
Time to seal it for protection! I used an oil based polyurethane on the top of the table. Oil based polyurethane is a little more durable than water based, in my opinion. I almost always apply it to table tops unless it’s white. The oil based has an orange tint to it so I prefer not to apply it over white paint. I use a water based polyurethane on white surfaces such as this table. I applied 3 coats of each.
I love when I don’t have to buy new hardware! The pulls that came with the table were perfect but they just needed a fresh coat of paint to clean them up a bit. The last step was to attach them back to the drawers and this flip was complete!