Sunday, November 3, 2013

5' Long French Country Coffee Table

I lucked out and scored this huge coffee table with two end tables for $10 total at a garage sale in July!
The top had a small damage spot in the middle so I stripped it with Citristrip.  There was just a thin coat of varnish that melted right off.

I painted over the horrible yellow and gold paint with two coats of homemade chalk paint in white.  After it dried, there was some bleed through so I painted a third coat in SW Essential Grey. I didn't mix it into chalk paint since there was already two coats as a base.
To bring out all the detail in the table, I used Martha Stewart metallic glaze in Black Coffee--I love this glaze!  I used a foam brush to push it into all the lines and then wiped it away with a wet rag. 
The table had such amazing details that would have been lost if I did not glaze it.
I actually painted and glazed the entire table upside down.  It looked so different to me once I turned it over!  I sealed the paint and glaze with Minwax Wipe-On Poly.  It is much better to use this when there is a lot of detail as it would have been too hard to buff out wax.
For the top, after I stripped the old finish, I didn't want to stain this incredible wood.  I just put a coat of coconut oil to brighten it up and then sealed it with both Minwax Wipe-On Poly and Finishing Paste.  I added the finishing paste because the wipe-on poly looked streaky to me.  After I buffed it, the top was perfect!
I was really happy with how it came out.  

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  1. Oh my gosh, Susan, that coffee table is spectacular! Such a find and you did such a beautiful job.
    Found you at Silver Pennies and you have a new follower.
    Have a great Sunday.

    Robyn @ simply fresh dinners

  2. Very pretty! Amazing result on a $10 investment!

  3. Beautiful Susan! Love all those gorgeous details--glazing was the perfect treatment!

  4. Wow I love it..and thanks for the heads up on MS glaze..I will be sure to check that out...Sheryl

  5. Wow. That was a great buy and it turned out amazing. Best wishes, Linda

  6. What a turn around! And I love the price you paid for it! So pretty :)
    New friend from Kammy's Korner Trash to Treasure link up.

  7. Beautiful transformation! And thank you so much for sharing the products you used and steps you took to get such an amazing look!

  8. Beautiful! That wood is just gorgeous, and I love how you made the painted details pop. Really lovely!

  9. Your Table is is just absolutely beautiful!! I love the the color you picked... I would like to invite you to come share it at One More Time Events...
    Hope to See you there...Tammy

  10. Gorgeous! thanks so much for sharing!

  11. OMG, how in the heck did you store it so cheap? So jealous it so Beautiful! I'd love it if you'd add it to our link party @

  12. OMG that coffee table makeover is gorgeous and you got it for a dream price! Great job!

  13. What a gorgeous makeover! Love how it turned out! Thanks for linking to TTF!

  14. Beautiful work! And it really looks awesome with the glaze!
    I saw you sharing at Miss Mustard Seed's
    Debbie :)

  15. Really Gorgeous! You did a great job!

  16. Stopping by to Thank you for sharing at One More Time Events and let you know you have been featured Party is up hope you can stop by and share some more of your great ideas....Hugs Tammy

  17. Beautiful! The glaze made it! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  18. Very special thanks for the inspiration and sharing.
    Regards from Sunny South Africa

  19. You did such a great job! You're featured from Give Me The Goods and on my FB page today ;)
    Jamie @

  20. Susan this is just gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing at Redoux. I am sharing tomorrow!

  21. so funny , in Australia "Lucked Out" means you got bad luck. This is perfect and yes that yellow had to go. love what you did
    Fiona xx

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