Monday, June 9, 2014

An Updated Coffee Table

I found this table at an estate sale in my neighborhood over a year ago—I think I paid $35 for it! The style is post modern, probably from the 1950's and it works perfectly in our ranch house.

Now that the weather is warm I'm able to work outdoors (sanding is messy!) It's finally done and I loved how it turned out.

Let's take a look last winter when I bought it home...
The shape and size were perfect but the reddish-brown color was not working for me. It also made the table look dated.

Although the table top was going to be sanded, who wants to sand those legs and bars on the bottom shelf?
Instead of sanding, I sprayed the entire bottom half oil-rubbed bronze.

The legs got a dipped look with gold paint from the craft store.

That little touch of gold added so much to the legs.
After sanding the top with my electric sander with coarse sandpaper to remove the old stain, I sanded with some fine sand paper to give it a nice smooth finish.
Next I brushed on two coats of gray stain. I love how some of the brown from the teak wood shows though so the final color is a mixture of gray and brown.
After it dried for 24 hours it was wiped with some steel wool...
and sealed a clear coat of water-based varnish in a satin finish.
Honestly, I wasn't sure how this would turn out...I kind of play with the stain and brush on  more or less as I go, but I'm thrilled with the results!


  1. This is a great take on an old table! And I love how the end result is so nice and neutral. I'd love to have more woodgrain in my house but the regular 'brown stuff' doesn't play well with all the color and pattern I have going -- THIS is a great alternative. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. Thank you...I'm not too into the "brown stuff" either!

  2. I thought it was a marble-topped table, until I looked at the "before." This is a great update.

  3. I'm one of those people who hates before and afters regarding wooden furniture being painted, but I love this redo you did!! It looks modernized without being over the top. I've also never heard of that gray stain; I thought you had wood bleached it! I love it!

  4. This came out incredible! I have 8 dining room chairs that I need to redo and this is some wonderful inspiration. I'm worried though that I will get tired half way through and give up!


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