I wanted to show you for the first time, my living room coffee table.
I haven’t shown this project before because I couldn’t locate the before picture.
I recently did so here it is!
This is before….
I loved it immediately when I found it at Goodwill
because of all the detail on the apron
As you can see, I worked on it right in the living room.
This is way before I had even heard of ASCP or I probably would have used it.
So, this is a different treatment but still as pretty
and much cheaper.
I used primer for the bottom of the table.
Primer has a chalky, flat look, just like gesso.
Gesso is just primer for canvas and you can get very similar results with inexpensive primer.
The method was one of primer, then some sanding, then more primer and more sanding
Until I started to achieve that stripped paint look I wanted.
I made sure that all the details were heavily filled in.
Remember, if a piece of furniture is stripped by hand,
the look I wanted,
then those grooves would have paint left in them.
For the top, I used Rustoleum Heirloom White,
my favorite “cottage” white color.
I painted it solidly and then used a technique I often do.
On a long piece like this, I like to do sanding that gives the impression of
a planked top.
Here’s a closeup…
See the very narrow sanded area?
I take my coarse grit sandpaper and fold it in half.
Then I hold it upright and use the folded edge to sand a line.
Too much pressure and you’ll fold up the paper and lose your edge so just go
back and forth gently staying as straight as you can.
On longer pieces, I have used a metal straightedge to guide me and make sure the line is straight.
I think it adds an authentic touch and gives the impression of age.
Try that technique and see how you like it…you can always paint over it!
Finally, I gave it a light clear coat of matte finish.
It’s one of my favorite pieces.