A few days after Christmas, I got the idea in my head that I wanted Spencer to build me a coffee table. I wanted it to be big and chunky and have farmhouse appeal. I searched the web and found some great plans for almost exactly what I wanted and decided to go with the plans from More Like Home. Spencer and I loaded up the kids, headed out to Home Depot to grab our 2×4’s and came home to build it.
Spencer cut everything in the garage and then we assembled it in the family room while we watched a movie. It is a pretty simple build and we followed the plans – except we don’t have a Kreg Jig and so we used our speedbor method to countersink the screws – and it worked perfect! I’m not going to reinvent the wheel so if you would like to build this table, head over More Like Home and follow her plans!
I puttied the screw holes and used my quarter sheet sander to sand it down a bit. I also stained the edges of the coffee table with Minwax Cherry Stain so when I sanded for my farmhouse look I would have a cherry color show through and match the wood in our home.
And then she sat in the garage for a few weeks. It was too cold to spray paint. I didn’t want brush marks from regular paint. I didn’t want to stain… so I was a little bit stuck.
In the meantime, Annie Sloan Unfolded contacted me and asked if I would be willing to review a few of their products – when they arrived, I knew it would be the perfect paint for my coffee table.
I have heard and seen a lot of great reviews for Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan so I was excited to try it out – especially on something that Spencer and I had worked on together. I picked Old White for an antique look.
Using the brush, I was provided, I brushed the paint onto the coffee table. I was impressed with how smoothly it went on and how very little brush marks were made. I love how big this brush is and it paints like a dream. My only complaint about the brush is I did have to pick out a few bristles – which can be annoying but with how smooth the rest of the work went, a couple bristles was worth it for me.
I was also impressed with how quickly the paint went on and how little paint I actually had to use. I applied two coats to the top of the table but used only one coat on the rest and was really impressed with the coverage. I only used about 1/4 of the can to paint this table. The paint also dried fairly quickly.
When the paint was dried, I used my sander and gave the table a quick once over. This took away any brush marks that had been made. I also scuffed it up a bit and weathered it a bit to look more “farmhouse-ish.”
After I had the desired look I wanted, I used the same brush to brush on the clear wax. I was a bit worried about the wax but it went on nice and smooth and didn’t take to long either.
I simply dipped my brush into the wax and brushed it on. I applied two coats to the top of the table for extra protection.
Using cheesecloth I buffed the wax for a satin shine on the entire table. This was probably the most time consuming part of the painting/finishing part of the project but was still not to bad.
I have never used wax before so I let is dry for a couple days before using it or decorating it and then it was ready.
I love the way this table turned out and am totally sold on Chalk Paint®! It is so fun looking at the coffee table knowing that Spencer and I built and finished this together!
There is nothing like a handmade home!
Have a great Monday and if you see if you see Chalk Paint® anywhere I highly recommend picking some up! I cannot wait to try out some other colors.
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