What an exciting day! It’s the first furniture makeover reveal of 2016 from the DIY Furniture Girls. The DIY Furniture Girls is a group of bloggers that specializes in furniture makeovers and who come together once a month to share their take on a monthly theme. This month’s theme is Shades of White.
Honestly, at first, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with this theme. You see, I don’t do much white furniture in my home, but after this challenge, I really should do more. As I made progress, it occurred to me that, by using the right color of white, the lighter and brighter lift from adding a white piece is really the bomb diggity. And, the finished piece goes great with the other colors throughout the main floor. Well, shut the front door! What took me so long?
Here’s how the magic happened:
I started with this sturdy frame that measures 24-inches square. My hub’s father made it in the 1960’s and it had been stored in a pole barn for at least 15 years. Words cannot describe how dirty it was. Let’s just say it looked like it had been dipped in chocolate (dirt) and rolled in fine coconut (spider webs).
After a thorough cleaning with soap and water followed by a good sanding to remove the splitting coat of shellac, a bottom was cut out of 3/4-inch thick MDF. Photo #1 illustrates the large gap that occurred from the cuts. To rectify this problem, lattice molding (Photo #2) was cut to slide along the edges and cover the gaps. The molding was glued to the MDF (Photo #3) and then gaps were sealed with caulk and wood putty. Weights were set on the molding (Photo #4) until all of the glue, caulk, and wood putty was dry.Once the lattice molding was dry, the entire top was resanded, touched up with more wood putty, allowed to dry, and then resanded again. The last step was to prime and then paint the entire piece with two coats of chalk paint made with SW Dover White latex paint. This was when the first checkerboard disappeared (#epicfail) and a new checkerboard with a different design appeared in its place (#score!).
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The result is sort of a rustic-modern table with a beachy vibe. And, we love it…….as a serving table…
…….or sitting table. And, yes, I sewed that little cushion, too.
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The Dover White color with faded aqua accents works so well with the rich colors in the other fabrics. In fact, Dover White is the color the walls are painted in the sunroom and parts of the main floor.
Because of the color continuity, this little table can do three-way duty in almost any room of the house.
It’s a great way to make hardworking furniture work even harder. And, for the furniture in rooms to be adjusted based on need.
But, until spring, this little treasure will likely be stationed out by the fire……shoring up a checker challenge from the Tedmeister….or simply relaxing…..with a cup of hot tea.
If you enjoyed this little makeover, I’d be honored for you to share any of the photos via Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. The sharing icons are over the photos and at the bottom of the page. Thanks so much!
And, for Shades of White eye-candy to the max, have a look at what the girls did with the theme.
Also sharing with these great parties:
DIY Like a Boss #3 via DIY on the Cheap