How to Update That Old Plain Looking Coffee Table
This was a custom piece that the customer thought it was solid wood. It is actually a veneer and takes bit more work but I was very pleased with the outcome
the top Before
I sanded the top and found that it was a thin veneer and the edge was not even wood! I was determined to make this into the piece my client wanted.
I stained the top using General Finishes Java Gel stain. I suggest always using a wood condition. I did not this time and the stain will tend to go on splotchy. I used mineral spirits to the the even application. After a couple of coats of stain, I top coated with General Finishes Gel top coat.
After cleaning well, I painted the base with Annie Sloan Old Ochre, lightly distressed and top coated with Polyvine Wax Varnish.
My client had seen another table I did with the raised stencil, so she asked me to do the same for this table. I am so glad she did...I love it! I used wood icing to fill the stencil and the removed stencil and allowed to dry.
I lightly sanded til smooth the dried stencil and applied some stain.
Once this dries, I will now put another coat or 2 of theGF Gel top coat.
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Annie Sloan Old Ochre Chalk Paint
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Published May 19th, 2017 3:03 PM
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LisaAnn Gill Hamilton on Aug 09, 2018
I would love this on my kitchen table because the finish has come off where we sit the most. The problem is the table has 2 leafs. How would I continue the stencil pattern on the leafs? We have been using it mostly with no leafs but the split is down the center of my rectangle table. Any suggestions??
not pertaining to this project but I have a table that the top has several bubbles. How do I get rid of them?
How many coats of paint did you give the base? I am redoing an old table with a veneer top as well, so will probably do the top the same, but I have given the bottom already 2 coats of Fusion raw silk chalk paint and will need to do another. What if anything am I doing wrong?