Coffee Table Do Over...stained Top Design

Misty Gaines-Johnson
by Misty Gaines-Johnson
2 Materials
4 Hours
I picked up this plain coffee table up at the goodwill for 4.99. It was sturdy but was really very beat up. So I figured a good sanding and cleanup and it would make a nice table...and hopefully a good profit.
I began by sanding the table with a 100grit sandpaper. Taking it slowly as I run into a lot of pieces that are solid wood except the top, and it is only a thin layer of wood. I finished with a 220grit
I drew out my design very lightly with a pencil.
Started shading the first flower with stain. I used dark oak. I used a piece of cut up t shirt wrapped around my finger to shade.
I also like to use small paintbrushes to outline some things or to get a certain effect. It is slowly coming together.
I finished off with 3 coats of poly acrylic. Nice and shiny!
I painted the base a very dark sea green/blue and dark waxed over. I love the finished product and happy with how it came out!
Suggested materials:
  • Mini wax dark oak stain
  • Paint
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  • Loveita sweet Loveita sweet on Dec 21, 2017
    I have become obsessed with up-cycled furniture re-dos. This is one of my very favorites, as I love, love, love hummingbirds.

    I have 2 piece set of Chinese Dynasty tables, one rectangular, one circular--very battered. I have held off trying my hand at giving them a proper makeover because I want them to be perfect.

    Do any of you beautiful, creative people have any suggestions before I start?

  • Jennie Perez Jennie Perez on Jun 06, 2018

    I want to do this so badly but I don't draw. Can I stencil on the wood and then stain it? What do you recommend?

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