Thrift Store Coffee Table
|The thrift store table nobody would buy.|
Except me. I bought it!
BeforeThe table has clean modern lines with a starburst patterned veneered top.The sides have a reeded walnut trim. To be honest I wouldn't have known what the trim was called except that the sticker underneath had a description which gave it away.
|Reeded walnut trim.|
The table was scratched and REALLY dirty. So the first order of business was to give it a good cleaning.
|No extra charge for the spider webs.|
I know a lot of people use TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) for cleaning used furniture, and although it's effective, I find that it's too harsh and many times something less toxic will do the trick. So I wiped it down with Mr. Clean diluted in water, then a rinse of clean water, followed by an extra wipe down with Lysol wipes. I didn't take photos of each step of the cleaning process because my hands were so dirty!
|Clean, rinse & sanitize|
|The orbital sander quickly removed the surface scratches.|
Once it was clean and dry, I applied Old Ochre (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint). I used a 2" angled brush for this project. It worked well on the flat surfaces as well as the nooks and crannies.
|Applying Old Ochre paint with 2" angled brush.|
I followed the grain of the starburst veneer pattern when applying the paint to the top. The temperature outside was just above freezing, so it took a long time for the paint to dry. After it was dry I sanded the paint smooth, and then applied a second coat.
|Waiting for the first coat of paint to dry.|
AfterI sanded the second coat of paint smooth with a fine-grit sanding sponge. I used heavier pressure on the sanding sponge to wear away some of the paint on the top, sides, and legs. I used 220-grit sand paper to add heavier distressing to the edges.
|Thrift store table painted in Old Ochre (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint).|
|Coffee table painted in Old Ochre contrasted with white candle holder.|
I added varied amounts of distressing to the reeded walnut trim. Hopefully it's no longer a table that no one wants to buy! But I'll price it a little higher than ninety-nine cents! 😉
|Varied distressing applied to the reeded walnut trim.|
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- For cleaning: Mr. Clean diluted in water, microfiber towel and Lysol wipes.
- Orbital sander to quickly removed the surface scratches. (Alternatively you could hand sand the scratches, or use wood filler to smooth them out.)
- Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan: Old Ochre and Soft Clear Wax. Click on the link to find where you can by her products from local stockists. Some stockists also ship via online orders.
- 2" Angled paint brush
- Flexible sanding pad, 220-grit sand paper, and tack cloths (for quick removal of sanding dust.)
- Wax brush and lint free shop rags (brush for applying wax and rags for removing excess wax. The lint free rags can also be used to buff the wax.)