Damaged Table Goes Coastal.

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I was able to make a trip down to our vacation rental and most of time iI am making repairs and touching up paint and such. One of the projects was to address the wood table in the dining room that was damaged from guests and looking sad. I decided the way to handle all the heavy use it gets, was to give it a weathered distressed coastal look. I figured the multitudes of paint strokes would hide future dents and chips. Plus I had to replace the dining chairs with white chairs after finding one broken so I needed a design color to tie it all in. I think it turned out great. But you let me know.

The dark wood shows a lot of the damage

Some of the holes were worst then others. I was able to sand some of the smaller chips in the grooves. And since this is a newer table it was a veneer applied to partical board so I could only lightly sand with out going through veneer. I was going to be adding drywall mud to my white base color only so that it would adhere. I literally filled the big holes with drywall mud.

i let the drywall mud dry before applying my white base coat.

I left the base of table the dark tone, since they were in fairly good condition and I was mainly concerned with the top. I put two coats of my white base coat and let dry completely for 24 hours.

Even with two coats it still bleed through but I knew I was going to be applying a million strokes of paint so it wouldn’t show..

I purchased craft acrylic paint. I used ten different colors for dimension. Light and dark Grey, red, two different turquoise blues, browns, beige, black and a navy blue and white tons of white. I bought cheapo chip brushes that I think work best for layering.

I kept a spray bottle close so that when I needed to blend in colors with my chip brush for the weathered look. This is my first coat of colors.

Here you can see that once i got enough coats of different color on there I could spray with water and work color together with paint brush.

Once I got it going I would have to go back over with white and blue to keep bringing in my base colors and give it a layered look. This is literally the 20th time I had gone over it.

When I got the way I liked it I went back over with some black and brown to age it.

Once it was all dry I lightly sanded and then went over with two coats of poly urethane for durability. This is the completed picture and I think it will work perfectly to hide future damage and the chairs blend in better then the contrasting dark and light. It matches my coastal decor perfect. And got me going with my next post. Let me know your thoughts and thanx for looking.

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  • Stephanie Schostak Metzgar
    on Feb 14, 2019

    Hello ! This is a beautiful table you created ! my question is why you mixed drywall mud to your white base color ? was it kind of like making chalk paint which I do by adding plaster of paris mixed with water to paint ?

    • Cheryl Schriver Wolfe
      on Mar 9, 2019

      She states that she added some drywall mud to the white base paint to help it adhere to the table's veneer surface.

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  • Sherri
    on May 26, 2019

    I love it. It's beautiful.

  • Karen Burbage
    on Jul 10, 2019

    I’m doing this to an ugly brown coffee table. Can’t wait to get started! Thanks for sharing. Beautiful!

    • Ruth
      on Jul 11, 2019

      Thank you, would love to see finished product!

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