A 2 IN 1 CURB-SHOPPED COFFEE TABLE GETS A GORGEOUS FAUX STONE MAKEOVER | YOUTUBE VIDEO
Hello beautiful SI family! Last week I shared how to turn ANYTHING into fake stone using an easy paint technique. Today I’m putting my money where my mouth is. I’m salvaging a 2 in 1 curb-shopped coffee table with a Faux Stone Table Top. I can’t wait to hear if you think it looks as ‘real’ as last week’s makeover.
As a bonus, it’s also Furniture Fixer Upper Day! If you’re new to the #siblog, I join four of my furniture painting besties on the fourth Thursday of every month. We all restyle and fix up a piece of furniture and share how we did it. I’ll include a link to their before and afters below.
Here’s the curb-shopped coffee table my sister Andrea found for me. She spotted it on a busy road while she was at work driving the city bus. I’m grateful to her and her co-workers as they keep their eyes peeled for these trashed gems!
After her shift, she texted me the location and I rushed out to get it! Still HERE! woohoo!
Once I got it home I gave it a good once over. The table was structurally perfect but it did have some cosmetic issues to deal with.
Nothing a little wood filler and faux finish can’t fix right up!
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2 In 1 Coffee Table – SALVAGED
White Lightning Cleaner
Colonial Black Gel Stain
Cotton Chalk Mineral Paint
Baja Gray Silk Paint
Coffee Bean Chalk Mineral Paint
Fine Mist Spray Bottle
Flat Clear Coat
2 in 1 TABLE MAKEOVER
Here’s how I salvaged this curb-shopped table using gel stain and the faux stone finish I used on the Garden Buddha last week.
I was REALLY curious how this convertible table was going to look as two side tables. The first thing I did was disassemble it. It didn’t have standard screws but rather hex bolts so I used a Folding Hex Key Set to remove them. I find this tool super handy to have as I’ve run into a good few ‘newer’ pieces that are assembled this way.
Check this out. Two in one. What an interesting piece.
To clean this table I used White Lightening Cleaner in a spray bottle and a regular old sponge. While cleaning, I made sure to spray and wipe in all the crevices and underneath as well! With the table taken apart, it really helped me get into all the nooks and crannies.
GEL STAINING THE BASE
I worked on the base first. Painting it black or white crossed my mind but then I remembered my black gel stain. This would allow some of the grain and original warmth to show through while giving the base a beautiful rich finish.
To prep for this gel stain, I scuff sanded with a 220-grit sanding pad. This is to scuff up the finish – NOT to scratch it up. Gel stain won’t cover scratches or dings so I was mindful of the pressure I applied. I always like to say that scuff sanding is like wiping down a kitchen counter. I go over it a few times but I don’t put a ton of pressure on it.
Once I had the two bases scuff-sanded, I used a tack cloth to remove all the remaining dust. I like leaving the tack cloth’s wrap on one side while I use it. If you’ve been following me here on the #siblog, you know the feel of these tack clothes is one of my pet peeves. 😂
This No-Pain-Gel-Stain can be used to darken an existing finish. It is oil-based so I made sure to use my gloves, a mask and had good ventilation with all the windows open. I cut down a sponge to use as an applicator pad. I mixed the oil-based gel stain really well before using it and then used my mixer stick to apply a small amount to the sponge and then wiped it onto the legs. Right away the base took on a richer look which you’ll really be able to see in this Saturday’s upcoming video. In the pic below the stain hasn’t been wiped back yet but you can already see the big difference between the top and the side.
If you’d like to see how AMAZING this Gel Stain worked on my Finished French Doors you can see it HERE!
FAUX STONE TABLE TOPS
While the bases were drying I moved on to the table tops. I fixed the missing edge banding and filled in all the scratches using this wood filler.
This wood filler is a great choice if you’re sanding by hand because it sands with little to no effort.
Remember the missing corner and edgebanding that I shared above? All filled and looking good!
I went ahead and primed with two coats of BIN Shellac Based Primer. This is a bonding primer that also stops bleed-through and stains.
To create the appearance of real stone, I started by painting one coat of this Cotton White over the primer to create a base. Using the same paint brush I dabbed on Baha Gray in random spots. Then using a damp shop towel started dabbing and blending the gray over the white.
It’s a really fun process. Once I was finished with the gray, I added a little more white and repeated spreading and dabbing with the damp shop towel. The colors start blending in together and creating a stone look.
For the finishing touch, I cut the bristles short on an inexpensive chip brush, sprayed it with my water mister bottle, and dabbed the short bristles into this Coffee Bean mixed with the Baha Gray. Then holding the brush approximately 6-8 inches above the table tops, I ran my finger across the bristles so the paint would speckle the top.
I’ll be spraying a flat topcoat onto this 2 in 1 table but because I used the oil-based gel stain, I need to wait at least 72 hours for it to fully dry before top coating.
Here’s how this salvaged table makeover all came together.
And check out this ‘stone’ top! I think it turned out just as good as last week’s project but I can’t wait to hear what you think!
You’d never know this was wood, right? It looks like it weighs a ton. 😆
And these tables look SO GOOD as side tables as well.
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing it below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel HERE. Our #siyoutubefamily is already a community of 39K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
AND NOW FOR SOME FURNITURE FIXER-UPPER FUN!
You’re going to LOVE what my creative team of Furniture Fixer Upper ladies do. Jen will be taking a break from the group while she focuses on her new home but we’re looking forward to seeing her back soon! Below are the BEFORE photos. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
4. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
Here’s another look at this 2 in 1 table’s before and after. I hope this faux finish makeover has inspired you and given you some new ideas on how to paint your furniture.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS FAUX STONE FINISH ON THIS TABLE OR ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends!