Monday, September 16, 2013

DIY Shabby Chic Cottage Table Makeover

Hey All!

Lately I have found myself obsessed with flipping out of date furniture. The project I'm going to show you today started as an end table someone gave us a while ago.
 The top was heavily discolored but it made a good enough plant table for a while. When we moved into our townhouse it worked better as an entry way table to catch mail and such things, but the top was UGLY. Cue makeover!

What you need:
  • Medium grit sandpaper
  • Fine grit sand paper
  • Foam brushes
  • Wood glue
  • Vinegar and steel wool
  • Cedar boards (3/4x3) or anything you have handy
  • Saw to cut above mentioned boards
  • Polyurethane-Semi Gloss
  • Polycrylic-Satin
  • White paint

I started out by sanding the sucker down and slapping on two coats of white paint. I didn't put a coat of primer underneath; I wanted some of the color from the stain underneath to bleed into the paint and cut down on that bright whiteness of the paint. Probably a good idea to use primer, we shall see how it holds up!

I was a little excited while doing this so I didn't get any picture of the sanded table or what it looked like painted before the wood went on.

Here is the table after I cut the 3/4x3 cedar boards to fit onto the table and laid the boards in place.

I then took wood glue and simply put a line of glue on the bottom and then placed the boards on the table. I used clamps where I could for good measure. I also put dish clothes under the clamps to make sure there weren't any marks left behind.

After all the boards were glued on, I took my sander with medium coarse 100 grit to the edges to smooth them out, then used a fine 220 grit for a final smooth finish.

Then I got my vinegar and steel wool stain ready, again. I seriously love using this stuff as a stain, easy to use and cheap, plus it gives a really neat weathered look. This is the only kind of stain I use, you can see more of how it looks here, when I used it on some crates to make a rustic looking bookshelf.

Sorry for the iffy quality of these picture, but here is the vinegar/steel wool solutions being brushed on and reacting immediately.

Here is a look at the wood before staining and 5 minutes after the solution was applied.

Here it is after it dried.

The picture below is after one coat of a semi gloss polyurethane, the color did seem to deepen with each addition coat, so you may want to keep that in mind. I also applied a single coat of polycrylic to the painted portion for some protection.

 I  applied 3 coats  total of Minwax polyurethane semi gloss using a foam brush.

I was then left with a nice cottage looking table, that looks pretty spiffy if I do say so myself :)

Good luck with your own project and if you have any questions sound them off below!

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