HERE’S HOW I CREATED A “REAL WOOD LOOK” USING PAINT TO UPDATE THIS THRIFTED TABLE | YOUTUBE VIDEO
Hi sweet friends and thanks for joining me! Today I’m sharing how I updated this gorgeous table using paint to create a modern faux wood finish. This is a take two on this table (more on this below) and even though the first look was beautiful, I love this look is even better. It’s much more sleek and modern! I can’t wait to hear which makeover YOU prefer!
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Here’s the console table I purchased off Facebook Marketplace back in 2019.
If you’ve been following along for a few years, you may remember this White Glaze Finish I gave it. It turned out lovely.
The only thing I wasn’t happy about was the gap between the top. Some of the glaze got into the grooves where I didn’t want it to go. Once I noticed it, I didn’t feel comfortable selling it this way. It did get a ton of use in MY home though. 🙂 Then it was stored in my inventory for another makeover.
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Sofa Table – SALVAGED
White Lightening Cleaner
Bosch Sander (25% off as of writing this post!)
Caviar Chalk Mineral Paint
Mud Puddle Chalk Mineral Paint
Van Dyke Brown Glaze
Black Magic Voodoo Gel Stain
Rubber Pet Hair Remover (17% off as of writing this post!)
Large Fluffy Paint Brush
Oval Paint Brush
Gator Hide Topcoat
DIY FAUX WOOD FINISH
Here’s how it all came together…
I started by giving this table an overall cleaning with this White Lightning Cleaner. It was dirty as it’s been sitting in my inventory for the last 2 years. Once I had all the dirt and cobwebs off it, I rinsed my sponge with clean water and removed all the cleaning residue.
SANDING & PAINT
To prep the base for paint, I used a 220 sanding sponge to give the last finish a scuff sanding. The goal isn’t to remove the old paint finish but to add a little tooth/scuff up to enable the new paint to adhere to. These sanding sponges work really well when I’m sanding curvy legs because they contour and hug the curves really nicely.
Once the base was scuff sanded, I painted two coats of this Caviar Black Chalk Mineral Paint using an oval synthetic brush. These oval brushes fan out beautifully giving excellent coverage. If you’d like to see this brush in action, I have a super short YouTube quick tip on the Benefits of Using An Oval Brush here.
Pro Tip – I like to turn my furniture upside down to get into all the nooks and crannies I can’t see when it’s sitting upright.
TAPE OFF THE TOP
Taping off straight edges is easy. But when you have curved edges, the straight edges of the tape don’t do well. Here’s how I mask off curves.
- Lay a piece of painter’s tape on the curve and use a pencil to trace the shape of the curve.
- Cut along the pencil line you traced.
- Fit the curved edge onto the curved edge of your project.
- Paint away!
BONUS – If your furniture has symmetrical curves, the other half of the tape you cut will fit on the opposite curve! I’m demonstrating this in the YouTube video below!
PAINTING A FAUX WOOD TOP
Once I had the table top perfectly taped off, I gave the top a scuff sanding with my orbital sander and then wiped off all the dust. I painted this table top in one coat of this Mud Puddle – the perfect paint color for a faux wood finish! I wasn’t overly particular when painting. A few brush marks or a variation of paint coverage just adds to the faux wood look so I just had fun with it.
Here’s what the tabletop looked like with the wet Mud Puddle paint. As you can see, it’s not 100% coverage or perfect – but it’s perfect for this faux finish!
FAUX WOOD GLAZE
Now for the fun part! This glazing technique is fun and easy and just WAIT until you see the end result. I didn’t have a glaze that was quite dark enough so I improvised and made my own. I mixed this Van Dyke Brown Glaze with a little Black Magic Water Based Stain to darken it up. I didn’t realize I didn’t have any black glaze left in my stash so I’ll have to order more.
Here’s how I applied the glaze to get a ‘wood’ painted top.
- Apply a thin coat of glaze onto the dry base coat of ‘wood’ paint color.
- Using this Rubber Pet Hair Remover – create lines through the wet glaze. (a broom would also work!)
- The glaze has a long open time so if you’re not happy with the lines, play with it until you are.
- Using a large soft brush, soften the lines to your liking.
Once my faux finish was 100% dry, I removed the painter’s tape.
To protect my faux wood finish, I sprayed the table top and black base with three coats of Gator Hide.
FINISHED DIY FAUX WOOD TABLE
Here’s the finished look. It turned out even better than I imagined it would!
And here’s a look at how awesome the painted fake wood top turned out!
I love the contrast between the wood and the black base. It really updates this vintage table.
What do you think? Do you like this version or the gray whitewashed version better?
Here’s the full step-by-step tutorial on YouTube. Our #siyoutubefamily is already a community of 41.9K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
Here’s another look at this take-two table makeover. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some ideas for your projects!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS FAUX WOOD TABLE MAKEOVER. AND IF YOU LIKED THE FIRST WHITE GLAZED LOOK? – OR THIS GLAZED WOOD FINISH BETTER? FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy painting my friends!
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