I’ve really been looking forward to the DIY Furniture Girls March Challenge. If you recall, I’m a full-on traditional girl. Not so much because I WANT to be traditional, but it’s just the life God gave me. Traditional. 1990’s brick. Yellow-orange oak hardwoods. Huuuum. Yea. By today’s decor popularity standards…….it’s a real
Well, it’s OK. And, for the long-term, I can work with that. But, for this month, however brief be the moment in time, I get to shake off that boring traditional girl image….and live a decor dream in the super-fabulous farmhouse world.
OK. OK….maybe it’s not THAT dramatic, but it should be. I mean, why not? Don’t you ever get tired of your surroundings and wish you could be magically transported to another place and time? Yea…….well since that really isn’t possible, I decided to do the next best thing…….to magically transport a piece of furniture from days gone by.
This coffee table is yet another rescue from inside my own house. For the past 20-plus years, it has been in the basement with the boys and the pizzas and the colas and the video games. When this challenge was announced, I knew it was just perfect for this little abused darlin. And so, the updo of a life-time began.
REFRESH (not Refinish) the Top:
Earlier this week, I wrote a post about using beeswax to refresh dry, thirsty wood. If you missed it and want to read about the product I used, you can catch the link here. But, here’s the super-easy skinny about how the top went from dry, scratched, scarred, and circled …..to brand spanking new.
To start, the top was thoroughly cleaned and dried. I just used a little soap and water and immediately wiped away the dampness with a clean cloth. After the table air-dried for a few hours, an all-natural furniture polish made from beeswax was applied. In the photo below (left), the before and after is pretty amazing.
I just applied it with my hands and rubbed it into the wood like I was giving it a deep muscle massage. Sounds crazy, but the heat from my hands and the friction from rubbing combined to thin out the wax so it could sink into the wood.
Now, I won’t lie. I rubbed for a while, y’all. I mean, like 15-20 minutes. The more I rubbed, the more the wax seemed to disappear into the wood. When I stopped, the top looked like the photo on the bottom (right).
After about a week, the top looked like this (photo below). And does, in fact, still look just this good. Yes, even with all of the use and abuse. The wax, which cured to a matte finish, is holding up great.
REFINISH (not Refresh) the Bottom:
Now, about the bottom. One coat of chalk paint that was made with latex paint and a chalk paint additive (link that reviews this product is here) was applied.
And then……..it was distressed with 80-grit sandpaper.
Yep, 80-grit sandpaper provided the deep distressing and was followed with a buff using 240-grit. This combo came together to make the finish look rough, but feel totally smooth.
Add Some Farmhouse Bling:
Galvanized containers were added to the lower shelf…..
……And some pretties on the top.
And this down-trodden little table was suddenly…..and magically transformed……from traditional drab to farmhouse fab.
Thanks so much for visiting the DIY Furniture Girls March Challenge.
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