Chiaroscuro Calla Lilly Coffee Table

3 Materials
25 Hours

Damaged abused coffee table given a new home and a classier look. I found a coffee table on a garage sale site and I knew it would be perfect for an idea I had been thinking about.
chiaroscuro calla lilly coffe table, painted furniture
This table had really been through some use. When I bought the table it had children's stickers on it, major indentions, a lot of scratches and even had gum stuck to the bottom of it! I started by taking off the heavy varnish with Klean strip stripper. (after scraping off the stickers)
Almost done prepping but it started raining!
Almost done prepping but it started raining!
After varnishing I sanded down the table and wiped it down of any dust or debris.
chiaroscuro calla lilly coffe table, painted furniture
Once the table was dried I drew on a lily outline and started staining around it.
Trouble in the corner.
Trouble in the corner.
As I started staining I noticed that there were some spots that would not absorb stain. I did not worry I knew that I could use Unicorn spit to cover these areas the gel stain is very versatile! As for the lily I used a cloth to lightly add stain to selected areas and just keep layering till I felt it was done.
Coming together
Coming together
After I was done staining the table my next step is to add on my highlights with Unicorn Spit's White Ning and Midnight's Blackness. Adding shadow and highlights can really make your picture 3D like! I used a cloth and a paint brush to blend it in.
Before Polyurethane
Before Polyurethane
Being new to working with furniture and Unicorn spit I am still learning on how polyurethane can really change the look you have before you poly it. So after adding the poly I lost some of the white highlights but I still think it turned out beautiful.
chiaroscuro calla lilly coffe table, painted furniture
Thank you for checking out my coffee table project. It was a lot of work but I consider it fun work so that's not really work right? :) Please feel free to stop and join my Facebook page which has other projects like this at Cakes and Coffee tables.
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  • Clare
    on Jul 29, 2019

    lovely! well done

    • Marge
      on Jul 31, 2019

      Looks gorgeous! ! You must get a lot of compliments.

  • Gabriela negru
    on Jul 30, 2019

    buna ziua, vreau si eu sa reconditionez o masuta de sufragerie exact ca cea de mai sus,trebuie neaparat sa o curat cu un smirghel sau exista o solutie cu care pot indeparta lacul si apoi sa o vopsesc? cea prezentata a iesit foarte frumoasa.


    Hello, I want to refurbish a living room table just like the one above, do I have to clean it with a sandpaper or is there a solution that I can remove the lake and then paint it? the one presented was very beautiful.

    thank you

  • E
    on Aug 21, 2019

    Definitely not a do it myself project. Very beautiful. You're extremely talented.

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  • Karen
    on Aug 4, 2019

    Gorgeous table. I wish I had the vision and talent to do something like this. Exceptional work!

  • Deb
    on Aug 5, 2019

    You did a beautiful job refinishing your table! Wish l had your talent to draw and of all things a lily, so beautiful.

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