Last fall I found a solid wood coffee table at the dump in our "Re-use It" center. There was nothing wrong with it except that it was old-fashioned looking and had a few scuffs and scrapes to the finish. I was able to cram it in my car (adding a few more scrapes!) and bring it home where I planned to use the top for a bar table. I pulled the whole thing apart the moment I got home and never took any photos. Yep, bad, bad blogger!
The table had little drop leaf flaps on either end that I did not like AT ALL. I didn't like the look of the table when I brought it home, but 10 months later and god knows how many coffee table makeover blog posts I've seen and suddenly that table looked pretty good to me. I got out my new DeWalt orbital sander and sanded the now painted coffee table surface until I got down to bare wood. Very long, tedious process I must say. So tedious, in fact, that I gave up the ghost after partially sanding one leg...
I used my new favourite stain colour - Minwax Provincial - to restain the top. I just put one coat on and then after 24 hours, I sanded the table all over again because it was still a little blotchy where I didn't get enough of the old stain off. Then I stained it again, one coat, and left it to dry. Mean while I reassembled the base. NOT.A.FUN.JOB. Many, many screws later I finally got it together. And then the whole thing collapsed the moment I put the top on. Guess I did it wrong.
I re-assembled the works, this time the right way and painted the base with a satin latex paint in creamy white. It was freaking hot here so it dried fast.
I distressed the paint a little on the legs and a whole lot on the dentil molding detail. I wanted to protect the wood top but didn't want to use polyurethane. After looking at a bunch of coffee table projects on Pinterest, I remembered my little jar of FAT wax. Have you discovered FAT Paint yet? My girlfriend,Vickie, makes it! She lives in Vancouver but distributes by mail order and through boutiques and bloggers in North America. You HAVE to try this paint, it's fab!!
Check out her Facebook page HERE
Anyway. Back to my story. I got out the wax and applied it with a paint brush. I let it sit for about 15 minutes and then buffed until my arm ached. OK I buffed for about 10 minutes, I'm not proud, my arm ached immediately. LOL The wax gave the surface a lustrous sheen that was exactly the look I wanted. So pretty!
I love the way this turned out.
So this is how I spent Canada Day this year. What did you do?
Have a fabulous day!