Monday, July 4, 2011

Use a coaster!!!

Didja ever look at something in your house...a vignette, an arrangement in a nook, a piece of furniture...and think, "I need to change that RIGHT NOW"? I do this all the time...especially if I've been procrastinating with a project, or if I'm not sure of the change I want to make. I've been brooding over my coffee table for MONTHS now....

....but I just wasn't sure what I wanted it to look like. I knew I was sick of the heavily varnished, pumpkin-color pine, and it really is a pretty little table...the possibilities abounded. I look at it every time I sit and watch TV. Two days ago, when I was in the middle of two other projects, one for a customer, and a large armoire for my bedroom, I was resting while I waited for paint to dry. Suddenly, I couldn't stand it another second. I jumped up and dragged the table outside, grabbed my sander and stripped the top down to unfinished pine.

Miss Mustard Seed
has some truly beautiful pieces with stained wood tops and painted bodies which I just love, so that is where I started, by staining the top.

Sydney, my two-year-old Border Collie, didn't run from the camera for once, so I included her in the shot :)

I thought some detail on the top would look nice, so I decided to add some small stenciled scrolls.

I painted the legs and the body with Annie Sloan's "Old White", then mixed Valspar Mocha Glaze with Annie Sloan's Soft Wax (Annie Sloan makes a soft Dark Wax too, but I was working with what I had).

I brushed this mixture generously over the Old White to give it an aged and textured look. I've read several ways to do this, and I highly recommend Annie Sloan's how-to book "Quick and Easy Paint Transformations". Here's how it turned out:

Et Voila!! Finished, right?? Well....I left it for quite some time, because I wanted to wax the top, and the stencil paint takes a long time to cure. And the longer I looked at it, the more I decided that the dark top just wasn't for me. After all, I'm always painting brown furniture another color! I needed a way to lighten it, but I wanted to keep the detail of both the beautiful wood and the stencils. Back to mixing paint and wax....

I mixed equal (by eye-ball) parts Old White and Soft Wax, and mixed it into a paste with the brush that I reserve for waxing. I painted and wiped, painted and wiped...rubbing and removing, until I got just the "washed" "limed" look I wanted. I also brushed a little undiluted Old White on with a "dry brush" (very little paint on the brush), and wiped to the consistency I wanted. Here's the final result:

Once again, the before:

And the after:

I'm so much happier with this table...for now!! Now, about that pesky sideboard in my window.....

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Mona Kay


  1. Hi Mona Kay! Ohhhhh I'm in love with the coffee table! It looks 100% better, and I love the top of it better too after you did her' again LOL!

    Believe it or not, I just did a coffee table too and the top really looks a lot like yours! No kidding! I will post it really soon so you can see.

    Oh yes you could plant the hibiscus in full sun! Just protect them in the winter. They are all over the place down here in full sun. Plus they grow great in Florida too in the full sun, so I'm sure you would have no problem!


  2. Just adorable. I like the dark top but the white now looks super-chic!

    Visiting from MMS Linky Party tonight :)
    ~Suzanne in IL

  3. Yoooohoooo, I posted my coffee table just for you LOL, I still love yours !

  4. I think the dry brushing was a great touch:) And I love the stencils!

  5. Looks great! I liked both ways. I love Miss Mustard Seed's blog. It's so nice to find someone that willing to share what they know without putting it in an e-book that you have to buy!

  6. I love how your charming table turned out~ the dry brushing was perfect for this piece! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)