Monday, April 2, 2012

Fake French Country Furniture, The Coffee Table (Part 3 of 3)

I've been working hard on refinishing three of my existing pieces of furniture to look like expensive French Country.  Last time, I shared with you my cute little Sewing Table that is now a fantastic French Country Side Table and a plain old Side Board that's now a Wow Table!  If you missed it, please check out Part 1, The Side Table and Part 2, The Side Board


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!  
Zoomed: Blue Hawk 10 Oz 9' x 12' Canvas Drop Cloth
Credit - Lowes
The drop cloth has a few seams, which I loved, so I made sure to make them visible in the drawer.  I simply glued it down with a little Fabric Tack.


And here's the finished piece which is really adding some brighness to my Living Room!


The Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:

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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9 comments:

  1. Awesome! Nice Job on that re-do, it turned out very nice indeed!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Traci

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  2. Everything looks beautiful! You have inspired me. Thank you.

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  3. I love this idea! I really want to refinish furniture but it can be so expensive. I follow your blog a lot and have gotten some great ideas from here!

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  4. All of these projects look fab. I have not tried ASCP due to the cost. Have you tried adding un-sanded grout or plaster of paris to latex paint to make it more like ASCP?
    Just curious how that would looked compared to your method.

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  5. These look amazing!!! I just picked up two tables from the Salvation Army. They were 10.00 each, but they have a 50 percent off sale, so both of them only cost me 10 bucks!! I will be trying your technique. Starting tomorrow, I'll head out and pick up the flat white paint and dollarstore shoe polish!! I ordered ASpaint but have yet to receive it. These pieces are my trial ones, as I purchased a 4 drawer cabinet that needs to be refinished. I'm so excited to try this out! Thanks for your posting!

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  6. i am so excited to try this. i used gold leaf and it just really didnt get the finish i wanted so i am going to try the shoe polish tomorrow!! i am a new follower, but will def be checking you out for more! enjoy your move and good luck! sure it will be fun to diy it up!

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  7. Great job and thank you for the great tips!! :)

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