I am finally chasing a tiny dream of mine>> using a chop saw on my own (without father or husband hovering over my shoulder telling me to keep all of my fingers). Let me tell ya- holding your hands next to a rotating blade creates some pretty daring feelings. Alright, I know it’s a 3 on a 10-scale for risky hobbies, but I love it! After receiving my chop saw for Christmas when I was hugely pregnant with twins, I knew I had no excuse to NOT make this dream at least a little hobby. So, one of my first projects was to work on this refurbished table.
My vision for this coffee table really wasn’t complete until I looked at the table and said “Okay. It’s done.” This coffee table lived in my 22-year-old brothers apartment for a year or so, I acquired it in fairly good condition.
For this project I used:
- 100 grit sand sponge
- Country Chic
Fresh Mustard chalk paint
Vanilla Frosting chalk paint
- Minwax “Special Walnut” wood stain
- wax brush
- synthetic bristle paint brush
- clean dry rags
- gloves (for staining)
- 10 foot pine board cut to size (most hardware companies will include at least one cut in the price of the wood if you don’t have a saw)
- chop saw
- wood screws
I chose to use my fave chalk paint line Country Chic. The table was spray painted black when I started. I wanted to finish it off with a deep mustardy yellow, so I decided to prime with Vanilla Frosting to allow the yellow tone to dry nice and bright (yellow on black would require more coats for the finish I had in mind).
Luckily the table didn’t need much surface prep. I cleaned it up with a damp paper towel, took off some old hardware on the legs, and after it dried I evened out the surface with a 100 grit sanding sponge. I used a synthetic bristled paint brush, which is the type Country Chic recommends to apply their paints. With two coats of Vanilla Frosting the black was well covered and ready for the top color. Using a synthetic brush again, I applied 3 coats of Fresh Mustard, lightly sanding between each coat (after fully drying) to even the layers. I’m super impatient with projects – which often requires me to do some extra steps. This paint does not need sanding between every layer if you take your time applying evenly and don’t brush over already drying paint (which I did and do almost every time I paint 😁). I didn’t put elbow grease into my sand job until the last coat. I worked through the Fresh Mustard to reveal some of the Vanilla Frosting and even the original black layer. Country Chic Paint will not peel when applied correctly to a well prepared surface (prep work is key and worth the steps even though you are using a chalk paint). I hit the corners and raised areas on the legs to show some light distressing. I finished off the painted base with Country Chic’s White Wax.
I applied the wax with a wax brush and buffed it in with a clean cloth. I’m fairly new to the use of wax brushes… they are phenomenal. I will be using a wax brush for every wax application from now on. The application results are light years better in comparison to hand/cloth application. Light years. I had better control of the wax, it was so much faster, it seemed like I could get better saturation levels… I am a fan of le wax brush. All of Country Chic’s wax products are environmentally friendly (as is their entire product line up!) with little odor and they are super malleable after applying. There’s almost no possibility to make a mistake or mess-up when it comes to using waxes. I hit the corners to lighten up the black bottom layer of distress and smooth out the Vanilla Frosting into the yellow. I chose White over Antiquing or Gold wax (they also have Pearl and Natural) because I really wanted the yellow color to be seen for it’s true color straight from the can. As you can see I didn’t go to town with the white wax I thought less is more for this project.
I love the look of stained wood and bright paint colors. I married a man who wears denim on denim (cowboy) and he loves his wood grain on wood grain! Luckily, he doesn’t have to live with most of my projects as they usually (fingers crossed) are sold. I decided to add stained pine planks as the table top to appeal to a wide range of decor options. The planks were purchased raw from a local wood supply. I distressed the heck out of them with both sides of a hammer and a flat head screwdriver. I was careful not to cause any bruises to the bottom side of the boards so they would lie flat on the table. You really can’t go wrong with distressing. The way imperfect wood picks up stain is amazing and it’s a great way to add a vintage feel to something brand new. Not to mention making it absolutely one-of-a-kind. After distressing I applied two coats (see stain can for specific application instructions) of Special Walnut using a clean rag and gloves. I applied a generous-to-too much amount, I wanted a rich color. The stain set for about 3 minutes and I wiped it with a clean cloth. Old habits die hard I’m a hardcore Minwax fan.
To seal the planks I used Country Chic’s Tough Coat. Let’s talk about this product for a second, I’ve used this stuff inside with my kids sleeping in the next room. It is virtually odorless, dries fast, clear, and it’s water based, so clean up is a breeze. You can use this product on a dining room table, or wooden high chair even! I used the same synthetic brush to apply the top coat. Country Chic suggests a foam brush. After it dried I took a piece of old (clean) mail (envelope) and rubbed the boards to smooth the seal without scratching the surface. Since I used a paintbrush I had a few bubbles to work over. The envelope did the trick. Trying not to stroke over drying areas (I try harder on the top coat to keep my brush out of drying places) I brushed an even coat over both planks, including the sides. A note for clear coats do NOT shake the can pre-use. You will be fighting mega bubbles. Simply stir with a clean stir stick, spoon, screwdriver, whatever. Just as long as it doesn’t cause air to build creating bubbles. And it must be clean! Or you’ll see the lint specks on your project.
I made sure my seal application completely dry before attaching the top to the base. The planks were attached with 12 wood screws from the bottom side of the table. A little sneaky tip I realized when I was taking photos of the table, I had forgotten to stain the bottom side of the planks. I grabbed my antiquing wax and rubbed in a fair amount, it worked like a charm. No one can tell a difference between the stain and the wax and it was super quick, clean and didn’t alter the look of the yellow base one bit.
I’m pleased with the outcome of this refurbished table project. And happy to have the extra garage space now for my next idea! Make sure you check out Country Chic’s products and contact me if you have any questions!