Although I love what we’ve been doing with our own home lately, I’ve been seriously missing our furniture rehabs for sure. Nick needed a break from it… and I get that. But there comes a point when a girl realizes she’s gotta take matters into her own hands!
Nick’s been super busy working on an exciting super-secret project. And I’ve been as bored as a person can possibly be with two VERY energetic and partially-potty-trained toddlers running around like wild animals.
So… I haven’t been bored I guess. I talked myself out of it.
I think what I’m trying to say is that I’ve been dabbling in furniture again. This little gem we bought from the same sweet elderly couple we bought the dental cabinet from (which is exactly 17% stripped so far).
Me-thinks it’s an antique, but what do I know about furniture? I do know that I super-love the claw-feet. I also love that it doesn’t need any structural help, nor anything else that I would require dependency upon Nick’s skillset.
So I stripped it on a whim one night. Just the top surface though.
Here is my Stripping Tutorial… but as a desperate attempt to save you some hassle, I want it to be known that you DO NOT have to strip furniture unless A) there’s lead-based paint, or B) you’re wanting to stain instead of paint.
What I did:
- Slather on some stripper! We like Zinsser best.
- Make sure it’s completely covered good and thick, and let it sit for as long as the instructions tell you. For us it was 15 minutes or so.
- Scrape it off with a putty knife or one of these magical tools.
- If there are dark shiny spots when you’re done, you need to do another coat in those areas because the original finish didn’t come completely off.
Once you’re done stripping, sand ‘er down nice and smooth.
Finally all the ‘prep work’ is done and I get to have a little creative fun! The technique I chose to use is not an original idea of mine. My friend Ashley at Domestic Imperfection did an AMAZING paisley stencil to her table awhile back, and I’ve been dying to try out her technique using a different pattern.
I printed this image out on a piece of cardstock (I used my ‘Make your own Stencil’ tutorial, only using cardstock instead of a transparency because I couldn’t fine one!), and spliced away at the pattern with an exacto knife.
I drew a line in pencil down the center of the table using a yardstick so I could keep my stencil straight (important! I promise!). Then, using some white acrylic paint and a stencil brush, I dabbed away!
I took 4 or 5 breaks to let my stencil dry. You’ll know when it starts getting globby.
Because of the high contrast of the white and cherry wood grain, you could see some of my brush strokes… but that’s ok. I’ll show you why in a sec.
Acrylic paint dries in about 5 minutes, but I let this sit overnight to get good and cured. Then I sanded the whole top surface down, putting extra pressure around the edges where normal wear and tear would happen in real life.
Then, using Rustoleum Dark Walnut (as usual!) I smeared on some stain with a cloth. I looooove how the stain makes the wood grain so rich, and allows the white paint to really stand out too! Check out this side by side shot for comparison.
So I decided to paint the body of the coffee table, and just leave the VERY top surface alone. This meant I had to tape off the top… because even if I laid it upside down, it would still get overspray underneath and wouldn’t have a crisp line. So I made sure to use Frog Tape, and manipulated the tape to get a perfect edge! I made a little video for you to demonstrate instead of trying to explain it with still images.
**Please ignore all the junk on the floor in the garage, and the fact that I strapped a camera to my head with a jogging hairband. Also, you can hear the girls through the baby monitor doing their best Mariah Carey impressions.
Then I sealed those edges with some poly just to be on the safe side with this stuff.
Then I taped/newspapered off the rest of the top, flipped ‘er over, and painted using Krylon Dual (prime and paint in one).
Feast. Your. Eyes. On… THIS.
I mean, come now. Could that line be any more perfect?
And now for the money shots.
Here’s your handy printable recipe:
Stenciled & Antiqued Coffee Table
Time commitment: 4 hours total
Difficulty level: 3 (out of 10)
- piece of furniture
- piece of cardstock
- Exacto knife
- white acrylic paint
- Wood Stain
- Frog Tape
- Spray Paint
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