Jul
24

New Possibilities for an Old Table


by Lila HOME
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We have a client that has an older and quite large coffee table that they love because their kids use it all of the time.  They play on it, color on it, and drive their trucks on it — a true family piece of furniture.   Lauren Nicole Designs has just added new upholstered chairs and pillows on the sofa to help tie the room together, so the restored coffee table needs to be updated to fit into the cooler grey tones instead of the traditional browns that they have had for so long. But the table must be finished in a way that will still hold up to all of the lego building, truck racing and other toddler activities that all go down on this table.

 

The Coffee Table in Need of an Update

The Coffee Table in Need of an Update

 

To achieve this rustic/old barn look we’ve selected a beautiful technique using Amy Howard’s Toscana Milk Paint over Amy Howard’s One-Step Paint.   I did a sample board to show the client what the finished product could look like and of course to make sure we were achieving the desired look.  Here’s the process step by step:

I used a sample piece of wood that was finished in the same dark tones as the coffee table.

I used a sample piece of wood that was finished in the same dark tones as the coffee table.

 

I first painted the sample in Amy Howard's One Step paint - color Atelier (one of my favorite greys).

I first painted the sample in Amy Howard’s One Step paint – color Atelier (one of my favorite greys). In this photo you can also see the start of putting Amy Howard’s Toscana Milk Paint – color Strasbourg White over the grey one-step.

This shows Amy Howard's Toscana Milk Paint Strasbourg White completely covering the One-Step Chalk Paint in Atelier.

This shows Amy Howard’s Toscana Milk Paint Strasbourg White completely covering the One-Step Chalk Paint in Atelier.

 

Once the milk paint has dried apply Amy Howard's Antique Glaze with a sea sponge.  As I applied the glaze, I rubbed it to remove portions of the milk paint to reveal the undercoat of grey and to give it the "old barn rustic" look we were going for.

Once the milk paint has dried apply Amy Howard’s Antique Glaze with a sea sponge. As I applied the glaze, I rubbed it to remove portions of the milk paint to reveal the undercoat of grey and to give it the “old barn rustic” look we were going for.

Once the antiquing glaze dried I applied a layer of clear wax, let it dry about 30 minutes and then buffed it to get a finished shine.

Once the antiquing glaze dried I applied a layer of clear wax, let it dry about 30 minutes and then buffed it to get a finished shine.

 

And TA DA - here's the finished sample piece with the inspiration fabric that Lauren Nicole Designs used on the client's club chairs in this room.  LOVING THIS LOOK!!

And TA DA – here’s the finished sample piece with the inspiration fabric that Lauren Nicole Designs used on the client’s club chairs in this room. LOVING THIS LOOK!!

 

One more up close and look at the finished sample.

One more close up of the finished sample.

 

The finished sample is now off to the client for their approval before we start on the table itself.

Stay tuned to see another completed restoration from the collaboration of the Client, Designer Lauren Clement of Lauren Nicole Designs and Linda Riddiough of Lila Home.

 

 


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  1. Michele (Stiltskin Studios) July 24, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    turned out great! I would love the see the completed table in the room :0)

    • Lila HOME July 25, 2014 at 3:42 am

      Thanks Michelle. I will definitely post the finished table. I love the technique!

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