Monday, April 23, 2012

French Postage Table

I found two very similar coffee tables a day apart at two different garages sales for $5 each.  I couldn't pass either up.  I wanted them to look like totally different tables.  So after slapping some paint on the first one, I decided to strip the top of the second one.  I had no vision of where it was going, just started stripping.

After getting it almost stripped, I really liked the worn plank look with the uneven finish remaining.   I quit stripping.  I sanded it smooth.  I decided to try to continue the aged look by trying the "steel wool/vinegar" stain.  I placed steel wool in a glass jar, added 1/2c of distilled vinegar and let it sit overnight.  In the morning, I added 1/2c of water to the solution.  I then brushed it on.  The solution soaked right in.  It took  3 applications to get a nice suddle gray. 

I distress sanded the legs and table top edging.  I then used General Finishes Gel Stain in ebony over the whole base.  This turned the distressed spots a dark gray to match the top, and darkened and spruced up the old finish on the legs.  

I decided to add the Graphic Fairy's french postage image (here) to the top.  I sized and printed the image.  I rubbed pencil on the back of the printed image, and then traced it onto the table top.  I used a paint marker to fill in the traced image.  I sanded down the image to wear down the crispness of the image.

Glossy poly  finished it off to match the finish on the base.  I liked the contrast the gloss finish created with the planky, aged surface.


As for the other table, it's still a work in progress,  will get it done soon.

Done any pieces with no paint recently?  I would love to hear about them.  Leave me a link.  This one was really fun, might need to do another "no paint" one soon!

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Ann said...

Such an interesting finishing technique. The results are simply beautiful.

Chris said...

Hi Kristin, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is and to let you know that I am now following you. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

chateau chic said...

Your table turned out great! Don't you just love transforming ordinary pieces into special ones?
I'm a new follower and hope you'll stop by.
Mary Alice

Tisha said...

So creative! I've been wanting to use that graphic myself. Now I'm inspired. Thanks for linking up.

How to Nest for Less said...

LOVE this!!

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