Thursday, June 1, 2017

Coffee Table Gets a Faux Wood Makeover for Cheap!

Hello Friends!  Sorry for the late post this week.  While these 4 day weeks are extra nice, they always throw my groove waaaay off and I feel like I spend the whole week playing catch up!
So over the weekend I fixed up a cherry colored Queen Anne coffee table for my parents and gave it a pretty weathered wood makeover. It was an easy project that ended up turning out even better than I had pictured it!
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My parents have been without a coffee table for a couple months since their cheap laminate one fell apart on them. I was checking the furniture section at Goodwill each time I went (which is usually once a week!) but what they were looking for was super hard to find. 
They wanted something on the smaller side and they also wanted one without corners. When I spotted this pretty Queen Anne coffee table I was absolutely giddy because it met both criteria.  And even better--it was only 5 BUCKS!!

You may be looking at this and thinking "wow-- I'm really surprised that it had such a low price tag!"

Well friends, so was I.  That is until I looked at the other side.  What you can't see in the picture above is that one of the sides had completely torn off and the legs were hanging on for dear life.

This is probably why the folks at Goodwill only valued it at $5 and why other people may have passed it by.  But it was actually a super simple fix! I just cut down a piece of 1x4 MDF that I had  and screwed it on.

Good as new!  Well almost.  I still needed to do something about the scuffed up cherry finish and disguise the white MDF that was now sticking out like a sore thumb.

If it was going in our house I probably would have done a chippy white finish.  However my parents tend to like wood toned furniture.  Sanding it down and re-staining it didn't sound like a ton of fun, and even if I did the MDF piece would be almost impossible to match. 

So I decided to try a weathered wood finish by doing something similar to what Lauren from Bless'er House did here using chalk paint and dark wax.

She used Annie Sloan which is super pretty but sooo expensive! I actually used some different products to make this a little more budget friendly.

I first used my trusty orbital sander to scuff up the surface just enough so that the paint would stick better.  I also went over the legs by hand really quick with a sheet of medium grit sandpaper.

There were some spots on the edge that looked like a little doggie (or kitty??) had once used this table as a chew toy.  I just applied a little bit of wood filler to these spots and sanded them down and just like magic they were gone!

I initially mixed up some of my own chalk paint and even applied two coats of it before deciding that it looked more lavender than the light greige I was going for. I will spare you from seeing a picture. Trust me--it was awful.

Then during a trip to Walmart I spotted a line of chalk paint by Waverly Inspirations.  They had a ton of pretty colors but "Mineral" really caught my eye since it was the perfect shade of greige.  It was only $6 so I thought I would give it a shot.

And it was perfect!  Not only did I fall in love with the color, it also had great coverage. I only needed one coat over my previous "purple" paint.  Totally my new go-to paint.  This isn't a sponsored post,  I just seriously love this stuff :)

See those brush strokes?  As you will see in a minute they are actually a good thing. 

Once the paint was dry I was ready for the wax.  I found this dark wax at Lowes for about $17 but it can also be purchased on Amazon

I applied it with a chip brush and then wiped it off with a rag.

The key is to wipe if off pretty quickly so it's best to work in small sections.

See how those brush strokes are soaking up the wax in such a way that it starts to look like wood?  Pretty awesome, right?!

Here she is all finished up.




My parents were thrilled with how it turned out and it looks so perfect in their living room. It's actually way prettier in person, I had some funky lighting going on but I wanted to get these pictures snapped before it got sent on it's way!

I hope you all have an awesome weekend, I'll be back next week :)
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  1. Great post. This is something interesting and informative. Everyone wants to decorate their home but in budget. You have shared great tips here. Surely gonna try it.

  2. Great save on this broken table! It looks 100% better, now. I like the basic shape of the table, and for finishing job makes it look like natural wood.

    1. Thank you Carol--it's crazy how hard it is to find a round coffee table!

  3. Thank you for sharing on the Creative Gallery! Love the look of this table, it turned out beautifully!

  4. Love your coffee table makeover and thanks so much for linking up for I DIYed that! Hope to see you again next week!

  5. Also you can enlist in carpentry classes at your close-by school and even handyman shop.


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