Tuesday 15 November 2011

White-Brown Beauty

Good morning everyone. Yesterday, I shared my 'stain collection' with you and gave you a sneak peak to my new beauty. Well, here is the new and in my opinion, improved coffee table.

I wasn't sure how a two tone look was going to work with this coffee table, but I have to say that I am very happy with it. It changes the feel of our living room and it gives it a more modern look. What do you think? 

What did I do and use to change it?

I started out by sanding the bejeebers out of it. I didn't time myself, but it was quite a bit of time. 

I started out with staining the legs, using this stain. I have to say that it was very easy to apply and it worked quite well. I used an old t-shirt to apply the stain, and tried to go in even strokes.

I do have to mention, that I originally started out with oil stain and it did not 'stain' and stick to the wood. It is probably because of the old wood, but not really sure. Not that oil stain isn't good, but it just didn't work for my table. A little fyi, in case you didn't know, you cannot apply oil stain over water based stain, but water based over oil, yep. What I learned over the weekend. 

Then I painted the top white and gave it some Varathane protective love. And voila. 

What do you think? Should I have painted the whole thing white or stained the whole thing? Or does this work? Have a great day ahead!


  1. So gorgeous! I love the stained legs with painted top. So glossy - what kind of Varathane did you use? I want a glossy finnish on my to-be-built desk.

  2. I love transformation! Great job! The two colors work beautifully together. I also love the shape of this table. :)

  3. Hi Tanya, thank you. I am so glad you like it. I used the minwax, polycrylic protective finish in clear gloss. And I bought it at Michaels with a 50% off coupon. Can't wait to see your desk.

    Hi Amber, thank you. I also love the shape of the table. My husband's grandfather built it. I also love the height of it.

  4. Hi Beatrice - Good to know. I've been looking at minwax products.

    P.S. Today is my first blogiversary and I'm hosting my first-ever giveaway (and it is handmade)!


  5. Wow, that looks like a different table altogether. Amazing job. I'm shocked about the stain on stain because it's the opposite of paint. Oil paint can go over latex but not the other way. Glad to have learned this!!

  6. This looks so amazing. Thank you for the inspiration. I prefer the dark legs, makes it look retro.

  7. Hi Carol and Deborah,

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I was a little nervous about the contrast, but I do like how it turned out. Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment. Love those.


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