Hi, guys! Thanks for all the well wishes from Tuesday’s post. Although I’m still not feeling 100%, I do feel better. So much better, I’ve included a short Dry Brushing Video in today’s post. I’m sharing how fast and easy it is to dry brush furniture to get dramatic results — just wait until you see this before and after!
And even more exciting, it’s Furniture Fixer Upper Day and I get to share my friend’s makeovers too. I’ll link to them down below!
So, these old coffee tables are bringing me down memory lane as I’ve had them for 5+ years. When I first started my business, my sister and I would go curb-shopping aka salvage hunting. On ‘bulk days’ when people put out their unwanted furniture, we would drive around and grab the “good stuff”. I’m grateful that it gave me the opportunity to practice my painting skills without spending money on inventory — but the best part was spending time with Andrea. We would crank our favorite tunes, do our best to avoid the raccoons and skunks, and our ongoing joke — my sisters’ compensation for hauling furniture was a large McDonald’s soft drink. If you have a sister as a best friend, I’m sure you’ll agree it doesn’t take much to have the BEST TIME together.
I kept putting off restyling this carved oval because I thought I needed to make an entirely new top. I don’t know how I missed seeing that the oval top on the other coffee table was an almost perfect match. Better late than never, right?
Before I get into the how-to, take a look at this old coffee table now!
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DRY BRUSHING FURNITURE | COFFEE TABLE MAKEOVER::
I started by giving both tables super good cleaning and then removed the oval top from the base and legs.
Once the oval top was removed, I glued and clamped the carved oval table to ensure everything was tight and sturdy. Once the glue had dried, I positioned the oval top to the bottom to make sure it fits nicely but I didn’t attach. They are easily attached with a few ‘L’ brackets and screws and this can be done either before or after you paint.
When dry brushing furniture, the quickest and easiest way to get stunning and dramatic results is when there’s some sort of detail or carving on the piece — like this coffee table. For flat surfaces like the top, it creates a lot of depth and interest. The more contrast in the paint colors you use, the more dramatic the look.
For the base coat, I applied two coats of this dark gray in Gravel Road.
The dry brushing was painted in this lighter Driftwood gray.
I haven’t top coated this piece yet. I debated sealing with a satin finish to give it an ever so slight sheen but then changed my mind. Now I’m thinking of leaving it as is and just using some Gator Hide on the very top so it’s flat out flat yet super durable and waterproof seeing as the top will be high traffic. I’d love your thoughts on what sheen you’d like to see. What do you think?
And now for some FURNITURE FIXER UPPER FUN!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this creative team of girls do. It’s inspiration and techniques six-fold! 😉
Below are their BEFORE photos – visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and to learn how they did it! I’ll join you too. I’m heading over to take a peek right now myself! x
LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS TABLE MAKEOVER AND THIS DRY BRUSH TECHNIQUE. I’D ALSO LOVE YOUR OPINION ON HOW YOU WOULD TOPCOAT IT. FLAT? SATIN? SEMI?… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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