Thursday, June 5, 2014

My "Rustic" Coffee Table

Summer is quickly approaching and I find myself busier than I expected to be with custom jobs! My garage is full of furniture I'm working on! One piece in particular has been giving me a tough time though. It happens from time to time, I have a whole plan in mind of what I'm going to do to a piece and it just doesn't cooperate! I started sanding the top of the piece only to discover that the thin wood veneer had some substantial water damage so my orginal idea to stain the top will not work. While I was working on this piece, it reminded me of another project that I did that just didn't go as I planned. My coffee table...


Here is the before...


It wasn't in terrible shape but the finish on the top just wasn't holding up well in our house, with two toddlers and three dogs! So one day, sort of spur of the moment, I decided I would sand down and restain the top and paint the base white. I went to work with my sander only to discover that what I thought was a solid wood coffee table was only partially wood and mostly laminate! At this point I was sure I had ruined my coffee table forever! I love painted furniture but I really wanted to stain the top of this piece! I decided to just stain the top to see what would happen, thinking I would most likely end up painting over it and this is what happened...




I used my favorite stain for the moment (a custom mix of grey and walnut). I've learned to like my coffee table I think the stain on the laminate gives it a rustic feel. Almost like I found old barn wood, with some parts of the wood bleached from the sun, and built a coffee table with it! I love that painting furniture doesn't always work out like you plan it to, just like life some of the best things aren't planned! Have you ever had a piece of furniture not work out like you planned?


14 comments:

  1. I love love love that look! Beautiful.

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  2. Thanks Sharon! I love that you take time to comment on my blog posts! Thanks for the encouragement I really appreciate it!

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  3. Love how it turned out! Looks great :) I'm on the hunt to find a coffee table at a garage sale or else my husband "has" to build us one heehee! Love the two different colours on yours! Look forward to looking around your blog and following! If you'd like, would love for you to share this at our link party on Monday mornings (on my blog). Have a happy weekend!
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

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    1. Thanks Kendra! I've been trying to talk my hubby into building a dinning room table for me ;) I would love to link up to your party! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  4. So funny as its my husband who wants to build one of those pottery barn style ones for the deck! Now just to find the time to do it ;) Thanks so much for linking up :)
    Kendra

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    1. There are definitely not enough hours in the day for all the projects we can think up! I love your blog by the way!

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  5. I think EVERY time I paint a piece it works out differently than I plan. Its the nature of it I guess! Doesn't mean its bad, just different! Looks like yours turned out great! I love your tip on mixing stain. --Found you through the Motivational Monday Linky party!
    Laura @ anurseandanerd.blogspot.com

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  6. Looks great! Do you remember what paint/amounts you mixed? Thanks!

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  7. I love the way it came out. The variation is beautiful. Did you pre-mix the walnut and gray in equal parts?

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