It’s great when friends look out for you…and find projects for you. A few weeks ago, a friend from work shared with me a coffee table that she thought I might be interested in. Turns out, another work friend was cleaning out and selling it. One day later, for just $20, I had a new coffee table sitting in my garage.
The table is in great shape and I love its curves and character.
And…since our current coffee table was our dog Teddy’s chew toy a few years back, this treasure was a welcome addition.
It took just 5 easy steps to transform it.
- The first thing I did was give it a good cleaning.
2. Next came sanding. Even though I was using chalk paint, which requires very little prep work, this table had some chipped paint and I wanted to smooth it out a bit.
I just used a fine sanding block.
I gave it one more good wipe down with a Swifter cloth. These cloths are amazing at picking up all the little specks of dust.
Now that it was clean and sanded, I was ready to paint.
3. Focusing on the top first, I gave it a coat of my favorite, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen. Can you tell, I am totally smitten with this color? It is popping up all over my home!!
This beauty took two coats on top, with 24 hours drying between each coat.
4. Then I painted the legs and body using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White. I love this color. It is a creamy white that complements the French Linen beautifully.
After two coats of Old White, it was beginning to take shape.
Ahh…looking good 🙂
5. Last, but not least, the wax.
A little goes a long way. I apply with a brush and buff with a cotton cloth.
I knew my husband’s old t-shirts would come in handy some day.
You can see how the wax deepens the color adds a protective coating. It comes in a can and has the consistency of shortening…just remember a little goes a long way!
If it feels tacky, keep buffing!
Remember Ralph Macchio in Karate Kid? Wax on, wax off…
Now it’s ready…
This table found a new home in our family room.
Yay! For just $20 and a little chalk paint, we gained a coffee table in our family room. Love this transformation!
Do you have any old pieces that you thinking of refinishing? I’d love to hear your thoughts!