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I’ve got a furniture makeover project to share with you today. This vintage round coffee table was a garage sale purchase from many years ago. We loved the shape of it and did a painted makeover on it once before. It was really fun and funky and it lived in our living room of our old house. We didn’t have a good spot for it when we moved so it was hanging out in our basement playroom. After years of a little one banging and climbing on it the finish started to wear off. (This piece is actually the one that made us decide a wax finish was not for a coffee table.) We finally decided to redo this into a rustic farmhouse round coffee table look with one of our new favorite techniques.
This is the fourth piece we’ve refinished using General Finishes driftwood paint. It’s the third piece using this glaze technique and I love the finish it creates.
Click through to see the supplies for the rustic farmhouse coffee table:
Plastic Putty Knife
Since this piece had an existing finish that was chipping off the first thing we had to do was remove it. I started out by trying to sand it with our orbital sander but it was too thick so we turned to our favorite stripper, citristrip. This was a bit of a mess since not only did we have to remove the painted finish but the table has an existing finish that was really hard to get off. I think we put 5 layers of citristrip on and kept scraping goo off. This stripper is so great because it does not stink so it is easy to work on it in the house without smelling it up.
When we finally got down to the base wood we sanded down any little imperfections that were left and did a light sanding on the rest of the piece. Unfortunately under all those layers the wood was not worth staining so we decided to paint the entire piece.
We used our new favorite furniture paint, General Finishes in driftwood and gave the whole piece two coats of paint with an angled brush. We lightly sanded with 220 grit paper in between coats to keep the top smooth.
After the paint was full dry, we used a brown glaze to age the piece. We wiped it on with a rag and worked it into the wood, smoothing it out and wiping off any excess. Once we received the look we wanted with the brown glaze we let it dry and then repeated the process with a white glaze. Then we did another light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper to keep the finish smooth.
After those layers dry we went over the piece with two coats of polyacrylic using a foam brush. In between coats we we did a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper. The polyacrylic leaves a much strong finish than wax and it is our preference for more high traffic pieces.
The last step was to freshen up the hardware using Rustoleum gold spray paint to really make it pop.
I’m loving the new rustic farmhouse vibe of these uniquely shaped coffee table. It’s currently hanging out in our front living room/craft room. I styled it with my fun vintage glassware. The rug underneath if from Wayfair. It reminds me of the vintage oriental rugs we had when I was growing up only in a modern color scheme. Our couch is the Karlstad from Ikea. The pillows are from Home Goods (Similar: option 1, option 2).
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