I discovered that I could forego those expensive Refinishing Waxes & Chalk Paint and use basic Flat White Paint along with Brown Shoe Polish & Clear Polyurethane to get the look I wanted for much less! (Full Tutorial)
Here's the final piece of furniture that had to be refinished, our Coffee Table:
We "inherited" it when my parents retired 13+ years ago and I will say that it is quite a nice table (I think they purchased it at Macy's waaay back). Trouble is, this photo doesn't really show just how worn & dry the top wood was getting after years of daily Windexing that glass!
Here is is after sanding, staining, painting, the shoe polish technique & sealing (full tutorial):
Quite a dramatic difference. I like how the exact same hardware seems to match this piece much better now that it's been refinished.
Previously, the top display drawer had a black velvet inside which was getting pretty grody, so I replaced it with a piece of Painter's Drop Cloth that I picked up in Lowes for only $8.00! If you are ever looking for a sturdy, neutral piece of fabric, consider picking up a drop cloth - for $8.00 I got a 9' x 12' piece like this one!
|Credit - Lowes|
And here's the finished piece which is really adding some brighness to my Living Room!
Fake French Country Refinished Coffee Table, Side Board & End Table ($12.50 White Flat Paint, $1.00 Shoe Polish, $10.77 Polyurethane, $0.00 Rag, $8.00 Drop Cloth Fabric)
Total Fake-It Cost: $32.27 for All Three Projects
Compare to Designer Refinishing Materials such as Annie Sloan's ($27.00 Chalk Paint, $12.65 Dark Wax, $31.76 Lacquer)
Total Fake-It Savings: $47.14
Compare to purchasing Brand New Designer French Country Furniture ($3,000 minimum for all 3 pieces)
Total Fake-It Savings: $2967.73
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