>Coffee table project

8 May

My first furniture re-do has been completed! I have quickly learned that I love painting furniture–love it.  It is hard work but so satisfying. I purchased this coffee table at a garage sale last year for $20.00..one more time, $20.00! As you can see below it needed some love.

I needed a working space so Jerri has kindly let me borrow some of her garage space.  I mosey over there on Saturdays and work away.

So, let’s get down to the nitty gritty of the project, shall we?  I sanded this baby down, primed, and gave it two coats of latex paint in Mushroom. Protective coating was the next step..this required a bit of research.  I was thinking about going with a lacquer but have heard that they tend to yellow over time. Plus I didn’t want a glossy finish.  Jerri suggested I contact the author of Primitive & Proper, Cassie to ask her about her finishing techniques.  Cassie did an article on different finishes and has a furniture refinishing business…so the woman knows what she is doing. I settled on Minwax Paste Wax after consulting with her. I added two coats (applied with a cheese cloth) and hand buffed it out. The results were a slight sheen (not shiny) finish. I will need to reapply the wax about once a year. I love it.
What do you think?

The living room end tables are next and soon to be done, stay tuned!


A little elbow grease..and..


Rufus whizzing by in excitement

I hand painted the top details and added some bubble glass knobs.

Update: I haven’t shared this before so thought, why not?  Check out these fun projects at:


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6 Responses to “>Coffee table project”

  1. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. January 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm #

    I love your new coffee table! The color is gorgeous and the hand painted detail puts it right over the top! Nicely done!

  2. Aimee 'Lewis' Lane January 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    Love it!! Thanks so much for linking up! Just making sure you entered my giveaway…

    XO, Aimee

  3. cassie January 17, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    that looks awesome- i love the off center detail- it’s perfect!

  4. Rita January 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    I love the redo!! This totally looks like something I’d do!!! PRECIOUS!

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