Solid Coffee Table with Storage

Anyone remember the high-end quality made furniture company known as LACKS? Well, that’s where this beautiful piece started. I picked it up in an online garage sale with missing hardware, teething marks and an old school 90’s varnish coating – but I knew it had serious potential with those detailed wood carvings and solid bold legs. before coffee table

I wanted to try a gray wood stain on the top, but for it to soak in the wood I had to sand the varnish coating off first. Shout out to the hubby for helping with that! 😉 I decided to paint the base, because I wasn’t going to touch those gorgeous carvings with a sander – no way. I brushed a gray wood stain on the top, then rubbed it out for a mild distressed look, and then meticulously painted the panel grooves with black chalk painted to make them pop. To give the beveled detailing an elegant distinct look, I also water brushed it with a textured metallic pearl paint, and then rubbed out the excess so it wasn’t too much. Then finished it with a poly urethane seal. I used the same technique on the table 4

I painted the base with American Decor Chalk paint in Lace. If you’ve never painted with chalk paint, it goes a long way. I did 4 thin coats on this piece with 4oz of paint! Chalk paint dries thick, and quickly… so the trick is to spread the coats thin. The painting technique over the wood carving is fast, and in the same motion {like a stencil}. If you want to paint wood carvings but want them to pop, do not try to paint every crack and groove. Once I painted the table, I used the same gray stain, but watered it down and used a stencil brush to go over the slightly painted carvings. Once they dried, I lightly hand sanded them with ultra fine smoothing finish paper so that the darkest parts were only in the groove. Then I went back over the surrounding areas with the lace chalk paint to clean it table 3

Then sealed off chalk paint with Annie Sloan’s clear wax using a lint free cloth and finished it off with some gorgeous statement hardware.. and tada! coffee table 1
after coffee table                                  Available for $425

30 hours later, this is the perfect piece for a shabby chic, victorian, or traditional style living room.



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