Hey friends! I just wanted to pop in and show you how you can recreate this shiplap coffee table with a painted weathered wood top.
This makeover is perfect for the DIY Farmhouse lover and the funny thing is that I didn’t even realize that I was sitting on that much of a gem for MONTHS! Ooops!
Here is what it looked like before. You know, the usual. Wrong wood color, knicks, dings, dents and scratches. Unwanted and donated to a local thrift store.
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I originally picked it up for it’s legs. or feet. Whatever you want to call them. I love love love how unique they are! Of course it had to pass the test of solid wood, working drawers, and a strong sturdy build too.
I’ve had so many inquires about this other coffee table on Etsy, that I thought it would be the perfect piece to replicate my weathered finish on. And so I did just that.
Just Because it says “No Prep”, Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Prep
I started out by prepping it. You know the drill. Chalk paint calls for “no prep,” but I beg to differ. Especially when I’m selling these pieces and am looking for a long lasting finish. And even if I was keeping it for myself, I would want all of my hard work to last a long time right??
So I de-gunked it with Krud Kutter, wood filled the scratches, lightly sanded it to give the new finish something to hold on to, and then wiped and vacuumed all the dust away. The usual and the very basics.
The Best Primer Out There!
I had a sneaky suspicion that this one was going to bleed. (you know those yellowish spots that won’t go away no matter how much paint you put on them?) So I made sure that wouldn’t happen with my favorite bleed through blocker, the one and only, Stain Blocking Primer.
Okay okay. I know I’m making a big deal about it, but seriously this stuff works good. So good that I have almost ditched the old way of preventing bleed through and rely on this one product to keep those wood tannins at bay. Of course if I don’t want white primer showing through my finish when I distress, I have to revert back to good ole spray shellac.
It works, but it’s just not as trusty as this stain blocking primer.
Painting the Base with my favorite Paint Sprayer
OF course you hear me talking about it ALL THE TIME. And I should stop, but I won’t. Because I depend on this thing so. much. I’ve had it for 2 full years and it has been my constant companion.
Only giving out on me a bit in the 100+ degree heat during the Arizona summer. I thought it was done for. Bought a new one, but held on to the old one just in case. Well I was in a pinch one day, pulled the old sprayer back out and wham. It still worked its magic. It just needed a rest from 100+ degrees.
Of course you can brush on the paint with your favorite brush too! But I prefer the brush free and faster way.
But once all of the coats of white paint were dry, I distressed it with 220 grit sandpaper to let the wood show through and really make those legs pop.
How to Create the Painted Weathered Wood Top
After the base was painted and distressed, I started working on the top. I’ve used this method so many times and it’s always a showstopper.
Really, it’s a combination of multiple shades of gray (I used Kindling and Suede Grey from Home Depot), white and black all layered together and partially dry brushed but also mixed together at the same time.
You following me still?
Then I wipe on a dark walnut stain or brown glaze coat to blend all the crazy layers together. And finally I add a layer of whitewash to make it a bit lighter. It’s really a fun method and you can’t go wrong!
After all the layers were done, I distressed the top here and there to let the white primer and layers of paint show through.
How to Seal the Chalk Paint Without Wax
I honestly hate wax. I’ve tried it a few times, used different brands, but I’ve never been able to get the finish even.
Instead I poly everything. I love to use my paint sprayer to spray on the poly because it gives me the perfect finish AND it’s super fast! Plus poly really is more durable, and I haven’t had this poly yellow on me like most do.
Learn ALL of my tips and tricks on How to Spray Polyurethane here!
For the drawer hardware, I upgraded to these simple dark bronze knobs. Simple but perfect!
There is just something about the farmhouse feel that I still cannot get enough of! If you feel the same way, share this post with your friends so they can create this farmhouse look easily!
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