Did you think I dropped off the face of the earth?
I'm sorry....I've just been BUSY!!!
Over the next couple days I have lots to show you, but we're going to start with
my daughter's old-style coffee table which we gave her in 2004 because it
came with our park model trailer.  It was really way too large for the space it was in.
And....so 80s looking.
Here it is finished, after I gave it a driftwood treatment!
We brought the table home several months ago and Alana & I attempted to
mesh our schedules in order to do it together.
Well...it was shifted around in my husband's garage many times and on the weekend,
Alana asked me if I wanted to come hang out with her in Toronto yesterday.
So...on Sunday, I popped up and said to Dan "I'm going to paint that coffee table today!"
Little did I know he would have to dig it out....there were bins piled on it, moving
blankets under it and it was behind various power tools against the rear wall of
the garage.  He said he was happy to get rid of it...imagine!
Many of you probably owned a table much like this?
Alana has a beachy theme in her two-story apartment and was hoping for
a driftwood look on this table.
I had a few tutorials saved on "how to" get this effect and they were my
inspiration for sure!
1st.....Kristybelle's coffee table...much the same style.
2nd inspiration was Maureen's paint treatment from It's All Connected....
Armed with these two tutorials and my own twist in the form of
a dragging tool....I began.
I'll try not to make this too long and wordy....loads of photos k?
First thing I did was a light sanding and then went over it with tackcloth.
I painted a latex paint (Bejamin Moore - Atmospheric) over most of the table.
(Don't forget inside the legs where it will show)
The next step involved using this little tool I picked up at Michael's.
You're supposed to use it with a glaze mixture, but I thought...what the heck...let's try it with chalkpaint!  I just had to be quick.
The top edge shown here is what I used on the surface of the table and the bottom
edge of the tool, I used on the legs and sides, giving the table a woodgrained look.
I painted over the blue in long strips on the top with Chalkpaint made from 2\3
Mayonnaise Benjamin Moore Latex and 1/3 Plaster of Paris with a wee bit of water.
The long strips were done quickly so I could drag the teeth over it before it dried out.

I actually could have left it at this point and been happy with it, but I knew
Alana wanted a rougher look to it, so I started sanding back and letting
the blue and the wood show through.
After spraying about six times with a protectant clear acrylic, I was ready
to take it to Toronto and surprise Alana!
I was scared to bits that she might not like and feel obliged to keep it in her
livingroom because I'm her MOM!
But, she said she absolutely loved it!  I'm so happy!
And was she ever surprised!?
The best part was getting ready for her to come home and making the table look
like it belonged in her home.
Alana's man, Mark, was away in Miami and comes back tonight.
I so hope he likes it too!
Sunday truly was a productive day for me, so come on back tomorrow and
see the Antique Mirror Redo to be followed with another post the next day about
my exploits with Alana!

4/4/2012 10:06:14 am

This looks terrific, Wendy. It's perfect for her beachy look. What a great way to give a dated table new life! Pinning this.

4/4/2012 10:49:31 am

Thanks Maureen! And...this just in....Mark loves it too! Yay! I feel so happy! xo

4/4/2012 11:03:09 am

Just brought Mark home from the airport and surprised him with the table...he loves it and thinks it looks awesome! Thanks again to my crafty mom! ❤

4/4/2012 11:16:07 am

Yay! That's fantastic! Thanks! love you guys! xo

4/4/2012 11:44:14 am

Wendy you are an awesome Mom!!! Alana's table came out beautiful!!! Can't wait to see what else you have been up to.

4/9/2012 09:03:06 pm

Thanks Mandy! I love making stuff for the kids! So fun! The only thing is...you always worry they won't like it...like I said above...but they'll keep it. Eek! xo

4/5/2012 04:19:20 am

What an amazing transformation.Love that technique too.

4/9/2012 09:04:19 pm

Oh thankyou! I kinda made up my own technique with that crazy tool! But it was a fun, creative day! xo

4/5/2012 10:00:40 am

So pretty. Great makeover. I love the driftwood treatment.
Im your newest follower. Please come visit me and hopefully you'll follow back? THANKS. 8-)

4/9/2012 09:15:29 pm

Thanks for following Candy....your blog is great! xo wendy

4/5/2012 11:27:39 am

This table is lovely! I've featured it at Grits & Giggles today. Come grab a featured button!

4/9/2012 09:20:17 pm

That's awesome Jenilyn! Thanks so much for featuring my project...most appreciated! xo wendy

Rukmini Roy
4/8/2012 11:12:18 pm

Okay this is fantastic. Wendy, can you also be my mom? A crafty mom who could refurbish my tables when im away?

4/9/2012 09:21:40 pm

Sure Rukmini! I'll be your Canadian Mom! Yay! Will you make stuff for me too and be my adopted daughter!? xo wendy

4/10/2012 10:31:17 pm

Happppily featuring YOU tonight.. LOOOOVE this project.. Totally pinned it, thanks SO much for sharing.. xoxo

4/11/2012 06:17:48 am

Thanks so very much Marilyn! I'm thrilled to be featured! Thanks for the party! xo

4/12/2012 05:46:18 am

I didn't recognize this table from the 80's til you said something. Great transformation....and the photography in this post looks great! Thanks for sharing this fab makeover at Show & Tell.

5/3/2012 04:01:21 am

Booootiful Wendy! xxx

10/17/2013 05:08:06 pm

It is such an important topic and ignored by so many, even professionals. I thank you to help making people more aware of possible issues.


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