What a makeover! This awesome slate topped huge coffee table was a custom job. We brought it back from the dead as it was in pretty rough shape with a finish that was the old thick rough and nasty varnish. Prepping is definitely the key! Quite the project, right? But once we finish, it will be perfect in the young person’s apartment (once moving day occurs). For now, it will go in mom and dad’s basement family room and still be used by young people. 🙂
The first thing you need to do is spend some time contemplating how to remove the top. Oh, and to find a place to store the slate top until needed again. No problem, it resided under our living room couch until needed. 🙂
The top sanded easily to get it smooth enough to paint. A good cleaning and two coats of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint “Coal Shovel” and two coats of Varathane Crystal clear water based polyurethane in satin finish later, it was ready for curing.
Sanding the bottom piece wasn’t working at all. Danny got a good amount off with stripper, then I did another round of stripping with mineral spirits mixed in. That helped a lot. Then another round of mineral spirits. Cleaned well them sanded again. Used a tack cloth to get rid of any sanding dust. Then cleaned really well again. That finally got it smooth enough for painting.
Now came the task of lining the top and bottom holes for screwing it back together.
The beautiful slate top was rescued from under the couch and got a good drink of Wise Owl Lemon Verbena Salve. What a difference that made! It smells good now, too!
So happy how it turned out. This table is eventually going in a young person’s apartment. I can just see a group of young people gathered around it. Sitting on colorful pillows that could easily be stored underneath.
We purchased a Waterfall type wardrobe and dresser, but didn’t have a clue how we wanted to paint them. I posted them on a couple of selling sites as is and offered to custom paint them. Someone who had a vision loved them and knew exactly what she wanted them to look like. And so the process to transform these pieces with good bones but needing a lot of work was begun.
She had seen a chest I had painted gray and with drawers left original. The dresser drawers were in good enough shape that this would be possible to do. So, we had a plan and started with that piece.
All the original pulls were there but they needed some restoration. I had found a product I loved called Rub n Buff. I chose to use Antique Copper on the hardware and the result was amazing! This is a good video tutorial on Rub n Buff. After I buffed the dresser hardware, I sealed it with a couple of coats of water-based polyurethane to keep them looking good.
Then came the transformation of the dresser. I used Missouri Limestone Paint Company’s chalk-based paint “Gray Goose” on the base. Due to the dark color and the old wood, I chose to then use a couple of coats of Minwax’s Sanding Sealer, sanding in between coats to even out the finish. I applied 3 coats of Varanthane’s water-based satin polyurethane to seal and the finish was smooth as glass.
For the mirror and drawers I was able to keep the original wood. I brought out the beauty of the wood with a couple of coats of Varathane’s water-based stain and sealer. They turned out beautiful.
Next up was the wardrobe. My customer found an awesome inspiration piece on Pinterest. I painted the outside of the wardrobe and the drawer fronts with Missouri Limestone Paint’s chalk-based paint with “Trading Post”, a beautiful turquoise. The drawers and the inside of the wardrobe were painted with “Field Corn”, a bright yellow.
The inside of the inspiration piece had a dandelion decal. We were able to find the same exact decal on Amazon. I researched and found it was best to seal the decal with Modpodge. I used two coats of Modpodge on the decals then sealed everything with 3 coats of Varathane’s water-based satin polyurethane. I did not use the sanding sealer on the lighter color paint. I also used Rub n Buff on the hardware.
This before and after restoration project is absolutely stunning. This one is going to its new home today and now I can’t wait to start a new project.