From Garish Red to Farmhouse Fresh Coffee Table

2 Materials
6 Hours

I gave a Queen Anne French provincial style coffee table not one but 2 makeovers, let me share.

This garish red coffee table NEEDED a makeover... ASAP

Step 1 clear the piece well with Dixie Belle white lightening cleaner as directed and let dry well.

Although the seller insisted it was solid wood I knew better as I had worked on many over the years. It is wood veneer though which makes it sand-able and this was what I did.

Using my power orbital sander I spent a couple hours going thru the sanding grits to get the dings and scratches smoothed out and back to bare wood.

Flipping it over to paint makes it easier especially if the top is to be stained. I like to do the under edges of the table and apron too for a professional finish. To be sure the reddish stain does not bleed thru the solid wood legs and table apron I brushed on 2 coats of  Dixie Belle BOSS.

I used the tinted white version to also help save on paint as it acts like a primer coat of white color. BOSS blocks odor, staining and seals the wood; perfect.

Now to paint the base. I chose my latest favorite  Dixie Belle silk paint warm white called endless shore using the flat medium  Dixie Belle synthetic brush.

The warm white base needed some definition and dimension so  Dixie Belle's best dang wax in brown was applied using the dedicated  Dixie Belle chip brush.

For the first makeover the top was done in a light beachy look, heres how

Dixie Belle No Pain Gel Stain in pickling white was applied and while it was still wet I applied walnut  Dixie Belle No Pain Gel Stain which created a beachy coastal finish.

However the buyer asked if I could do the top in solid walnut, why sure I can :)

On goes another coat of walnut  Dixie Belle No Pain Gel Stain.

2 more coats were applied allowing to dry between each. After 72 hours  Dixie Belle Gator Hide was applied to the top for added durability with a damp  Dixie Belle applicator sponge in 2 coats.

The buyer was thrilled with the second makeover.

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  • Ruheena Ruheena on Nov 28, 2021

    very good job. I see the you sanded the top of table but did you sand the legs as well, and if so how to do it. I need to do my three side tables.

  • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Nov 29, 2021

    Beautifully done 💕. You stated you knew the top was not solid wood; I was wondering how you could tell? I got 3 beautiful French Provincial end tables from thrift shops that are Drexel Heritage. I don’t see any obvious MDF and the drawers are dove-tailed. I would like to redo them similar to what you did but I know you need to take special care with veneer so I don’t want to mess it up treating it like solid wood if it isn’t. Thanks!


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  • Gerri Dagostino Gerri Dagostino on Nov 22, 2021

    Gator hide Now that’s a new one exactly what would that be and where would you purchase it because I loved your little table! Thank you very much for posting that my girlfriend just bought a new condo in Florida and we’re decorating it Manor farmhouse for a better word and this is the table if she wants thank you again happy holidays

  • Greg Scholl Greg Scholl on Nov 29, 2021

    This came out nice, even though you covered over a solid Cherry top. You can clearly see this WAS a solid top, in your third picture...the grain clearly flows over the edge as in a solid piece of wood. Cherry almost always has visible sapwood/heartwood grain differences (clearly seen in that picture),..and in an oval/round piece with a finished edge like that, it's almost never veneered, and if it is, once stripped it's easy to see. Another give away is look underneath and you'll be able to see the grain matches the top.

    While I personally would've saved the Cherry top and painted the base, it's a nice transformation!

    • Creative Moments Creative Moments on Nov 29, 2021

      This was NOT a solid top, it was veneer which I had to fill a wee chip on the edge(see edge shot part way down page) which showed the chipboard. But I was very happy with my end result too. The apron sides were veneer too with the chipboard easily showing, the legs were the only solid wood. However in the end I think all turned out very lovely. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. cheers!