Coffee table makeover! AhhH! Get pumped! Get stilettoed! Get your clothes off and run around!
(ok don’t…especially those of you at work. I’m not sure you could explain that one easily.)
And no I have no idea what get stilettoed means. It just came to the ole Bower brain and now I shall say it forever.
Back to the point…coffee table makeover. When we were kitchenless, I spent a lot of time in thrift stores. I was a regular. It was like Cheers when I walked in…everybody knew my name. And one time I was in one of my favorite stores (it was Park Avenue Thrift on Highway 29) and they had their furniture marked 50% off. That is like dangling money in front of Donald Trump….the kid is gonna go rabid. This orange and hunter green creation was originally $20 and I hustled my stroller with my pregnant belly over there to squat it before anyone else could.
I waited a while to make it over….simmering on it…making sure that it was the right size before I invested any time. I’m extremely lazy like that. I knew I wanted a two-toned look…kinda like my kitchen table (which is in the same sight line if you are in either the kitchen or living room) so I got to working…first sanding the top…
I just used a medium grit sandpaper to rough up the surface (wanna have some grit for the stain and paint to cling to…kinda like a mountain climber…you don’t expect the little dude to shimmy up a rock with no crannies) and wiped the entire surface down to remove any dust.
I love a dark dark top and the easiest way to get it is to use PolyShades. This is a polyuerathane with a stain in it….so it is ultra easy and fast…the only complaint I have about it is that you have to use foam brushes (which is extra cost) or clean your normal ones with paint thinner each and every time (tedious and time eater).
The key is to apply it in small segments really thin and quickly. I did about a square foot at a time and then once I got all the way across the length of the table, I took my sponge brush and dragged it lightly across the whole thing so that the grain looked continous. Here is how it looked after the first coat…
Yes, there were some slight flaws in the top…but let’s be honest, that doesn’t bother me enough to sand it down because I have two little boys and a boyfriend who believes in rowdiness.
Here is how it looked after two coats…
and here it is all complete. I had to do four coats on the top for complete coverage.
Then came time for the sides and feet. I didn’t have any primer on hand so I just grabbed some old paint and primer in one from our basement (it was the color of our basement walls) and used that as the primer instead.
Then I went over with two more coats of the same white that I used for our trim…it’s just ultra bright white base from Valspar…
And now she looks like this:
I’m thinking of glazing it to make the grooves and the details pop a little more. Plus, I think that it will look more intentional when Will scuffs up the pristine white sides.
All in all, it took me about a week to make it over…just simply because I could only do one coat a night…but each PolyShade coat only took ten minutes and the sides only took me about twenty. So a total of two hours invested in this makeover.
Ready for the side by sides?
Not too shabby, huh?! I’m totally stilettoed over it 🙂
p.s. you guys asked for a fabric flower tutorial…it’s coming…probably later today if I can get the boys to behave 🙂
Update : Looking for more info on something you see in our house? We have a Shop the Bower House page with paint colors and links to accessories, furniture and decor!