Hi again! I wanted to update our dated coffee table and I didn’t want to chalk paint. You see, I’ve been chalk painting furniture for more than 10 years, before it was cool so I wanted to try something different! I love Mediterranean farmhouse style furniture so thats the look I am going for! I’ll share my process below.
Here is a quick before:
The first thing I did was give the table a quick sand, I figured out I would need some citristrip to remove the finish!
I used the spray citristrip & I followed the instructions on the bottle. To scrap, I used plastic putty scrapers NOT metal. You do not want to damage your wood. Next, I wiped the piece down then cleaned it with a sponge and soap + water.. Now, for the fun part.. I mixed straight Clorox and water in a spray bottle, sprayed the table and let the sun do it’s work! I did this step about 4 times. Here’s a few process pictures:
after the citristrip:
After I got it to the color I loved, I thought, I need to seal it.. I used polycrylic clear matte finish. The sealer makes it a shade or two darker so be aware of this!
Here’s before I sealed it:
This is how much it bleached it- about 4 sprays of bleach and out in the sun for a full day… now for some current views:
What would I do different? I would’ve bleached it a few more sprays, and sealed it with a pickling stain to achieve the true Mediterranean feel I was going for. BUT I do love the way it turned out! What do you think? Are you brave enough to try something outta the box?
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