Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Black & Burlap Revisited

I came home from the thrift store a couple of weeks ago with three tables.  Two of those (the waterfall nightstand and the thrift store coffee table) were rehabbed within the past week - here's number three -

I knew when I saw this coffee table that it was a perfect candidate for black & burlap, which seems to be a popular combination.  The base needed to be reglued but otherwise it was in pretty good condition.

How do you like the update?

It was painted in Onyx by BM, then distressed.  The burlap was glued to the top and then protected with a couple of coats of polycrylic.  It's ready for a new home!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Burlap, not Leather

A customer came to me with this coffee table that was in great shape (except for the finish and the leather!).  She had seen a table that I had done in black and burlap and wanted a similar look.

Rather than covering over the leather top, I opted to remove it.  Although not always the case, this one came off fairly easy.  The table was painted with APC's Cannonball, then distressed and waxed with APC's dark wax.  The burlap was adhered with ModPodge, then sealed with two coats of Polycrylic and sanded to smooth out the raised fibers of the burlap.

New life for an outdated table!

Monday, February 24, 2014

A Waterfall Nightstand

On a trip to the thrift store a couple of weeks ago, I scored three tables.  Great find since my stock of small end tables/coffee tables/nightstands was just about wiped out!

I rehabbed one of the coffee tables last week, then moved on to this waterfall nightstand -

After lightly sanding and some tightening, it was ready for paint.  I used a chalk paint that I hadn't used before - Americana Decor.  Painted the body of the nightstand in "Vintage" and the drawer in "Primitive."  I was happy with the coverage of the paint - used two coats but then I usually do.

After distressing, I used Americana Decor's Creme Wax for a finish coat.  I was surprised when I opened the can as it is a more liquid wax than other finishing waxes I've used.  It dried in a few minutes and once buffed out gave me the soft, smooth finish I was looking for.  Then I used APC's dark wax to add some age.

I love the original hardware on this piece so I cleaned it up a bit and used some bronzing powder mixed with glazing medium to bring back some of the color.  The handle has a Bakelite insert, which shows up much better now.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Thrift Store Coffee Table

This generic, outdated maple coffee table called out to me in the thrift store, begging for help!

 Except for the stains on the top, it was in good shape and after a light sanding and two coats of BM's Aura paint in Onyx, it was perfect for typography from The Graphics Fairy.  Doesn't belong in the thrift store anymore - it's ready for a new home!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Twin Sister

Several weeks ago, I posted about the rehab of this table here (burlap & black).

This table has a twin; however, the twin wanted its own identity so rehab went in an entirely different direction!

After a coat of oil-based primer, I painted it with APC's Limoge, then added typography compliments of The Graphics Fairy.  A couple of coats of wax (first clear, then dark), some buffing, and this twin is ready to go!