Melissa from While it Rains is back with her second projects: a checkerboard table!
Now that my kids are older and beyond the "hit your head on all the things stage," I have been on the hunt for a fun table to redo. If you haven't already, I highly suggest you do a little search to see if there are any buy/sell/trade Facebook pages for your area - the one near me has been a gold mine, a $10 chunky legged beauty? I'll take it!
It looked like it was a light glazed finish originally and the last owners had turned it shabby chic distressed with a latex paint. After a good wipe down and polling the internet for what colors I should use I got to work. I choose Country Chic Paint's Elegance all over the table and then a second coat on just the bottom. For the top I put on a layer of Country Chic Paint's Simplicity and when that had dried for about an hour I used the wet cloth approach to distressing the sides and corners. Distressing is my secret weapon against crazy kids - your furniture always looks polished and new when it looks like its suppose to have dings in it!
When the Simplicity had dried I used some fine sandpaper to bring up even a little more blue (I apologize that the photos don't show that more!) and then I got to work planning out my checkerboard. I freehanded that part because I wanted it to look worn or antiqued. That got a good sanding after to hide pencils marks and then I enlisted my husband to put on Country Chic's Tough Coat. The tough coat gave it a nice finished shine and is already doing its job against snack cups and toy cars.
I am super happy with the finished result and am officially in love with this Elegance color!
Hi! I'm Melissa and blog over at my little lifestyle blog While it Rains. Nothing gets me more excited about a DIY, just ask my husband - he'll tell you how wallpaper almost ended our marriage once. As a mama of four nap time is my furniture redo oasis and 2014 is all about stepping out of my comfort zone and turning goodwill finds into stunning pieces in my home.