In this quick tutorial I will explain, step by step, how I changed up this little end table with 4 products, wooden planks and a few tools; into a gorgeous grey planked table.
This table is pretty sturdy. The legs have a lot of detail and to my surprise it had a Formica covered top. Rather than removing the adhered top I chose to plank the top with pine boards (note- if you wanted to paint over the Formica without removing it, that is 100% doable. The top would likely need some sanding and a few coats of paint followed by a seal [Country Chic Tough Coat would work perfectly].) The project went super quick, allowing for optimal dry time between finishing coats was the only step preventing it from being finished in a few hours!
For this project I used:
1×8 Pine board
1.5-inch synthetic bristle paintbrush
Weathered Gray wood stain
100 grit sand paper
Clean fabric cloth
Damp paper towel
After a quick wipe down with a clean damp cloth and sanding session with my sanding block (just to smooth the existing paint), I began with the basecoat of Pebble Beach, applied with a 1.5-inch synthetic bristle paintbrush. This entire project could have been done with a sample size paint (4 oz) with plenty left over for a second project.
With two smooth and quick coats of Pebble Beach, I moved onto my next step: Metallic Accent Cream application.
To apply I used my right pointer finger (has more control than any other finger) and my right ring finger to “buff” in. I mainly hit the edges and detail with the accent cream to give it a little more definition. I’ve raved about this product before, it’s so versatile and applies like a creamy dream. Metallic Accent cream is super high on my “all time love” paint product list.
I decided on a diagonal planked table because I wanted this table to have a little bit of a fancy factor but also have the option to work in most décor schemes. The planks were cut from a 1×8 pine board with the slightest overhang. If you don’t have access to a chop saw, you could do this with a jigsaw and a steady hand, or see if your local hardware store would do the angled cuts. After my wooden pieces were cut and attached to the table from underneath using wood screws, I worked to sand the planks to be as level as possible, using the 100 grit sand paper. It’s important to sand all of the surface grain as equal as possible when using a stain.
I stained using a weathered grey wood stain (most stain lines carry a grey color in their line up these days) and a clean fabric cloth (wearing rubber gloves, stain can be so hard to clean off). I am new to grey stain, I really like it! However, it seems like more of a wash (watery paint) than a stain to me- if you aren’t careful the product will apply streaky, and if you haven’t equally sanded the surface the stain will take differently on the sanded areas versus the non-sanded areas. (Quick grey stain notes: sand evenly, apply stain evenly, use an additional dry cloth if needed to wipe down stain, let dry over night.)
I liked how the accent cream added depth, but I wanted to soften the effect on the light basecoat. With my stain rag in hand I rubbed the weathered grey stain all over the table base. I didn’t need much stain on the rag at all. This stain is pretty malleable and takes a full 24 hours to dry. I was able to get the exact look I wanted with the stain and the cloth. You can see how much it masked the Metallic Cream in the photo above.
The last step was to apply Country Chic’s White Wax. I did this with a wax brush over the surface of the entire base. It’s best to let stain dry entirely before applying anything over it. Wax and wet stain will create a super sticky monster that will take days to dry (trust me). That wraps up this quick little planked table project.