You guys have seen this cute table before. It made an appearance in my DIY Brass Drapery Rods post a couple of months ago. I’m sharing it officially today and have been meaning to for some time!
This image via Gather & Build (<-click for image) was the primary inspiration for the living space in our old home. Especially that beautiful coffee table! I really wanted a rustic looking quarter sawn oak table in the exact shape as the one I linked to above, but in a beautiful natural wood. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find anything that was even close to the right size. Most tables made of quarter sawn oak were 48″ across – which was basically my entire living room.
Then one day I happened across this little table on CL. It was 30″ across and it was painted (badly, with wall paint), but it was the perfect size and the price was right. We bought it and used it as-is for a few months before we moved and everything was delayed by that mess.
A couple of months ago, I decided it was time to get rid of the ugly orange color. My plan was to strip and refinish. I spent DAYS stripping of its terrible paint job only to decide that the wood grain was too ugly to preserve – so I changed gears and painted it. I wanted the grain to show through, so I did not fill it prior to priming, as I often do with my high gloss pieces. I didn’t want to spend money on any new colors, but I happened to have General Finishes Snow White, Antique White, Sunglow and Klein Blue – and I decided to turn it in to a beautiful color I’m calling “Modern Mint”.
I used up a little bit of Snow White and added Antique White to create a base. I added blue and yellow until I had the perfect shade of mint. I sprayed the table with primer, a few coats of paint, and a few coats of General Finishes “Flat out Flat” topcoat.
I have several pieces in the hopper and hope to be sharing more soon.
Thanks for reading,