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ANOTHER Faux Zinc Coffee Table

After testing out the process (using this tutorial) on my $20 Craigslist coffee table (that I later sold for $90), I knew that was what I wanted to do with my $65 Craigslist coffee table. I just knew that it was going to take A LOT longer due to the 8 drawers and extra details that the other did not have. I put it off and put it off until finally I got some motivation (in the form of my sister who was coming over to work on her coffee table).

This is my coffee table BEFORE:

before 008Quite the beauty, no? Well, maybe not in this form. She was scratched up and a little worse for wear, but SOLID (aka heavy beast) and had nice details on the corners. And lots of storage (which my son promptly took advantage of with his coloring books and games).

Using my trusty Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite, I got started and had the first coat done relatively quickly. Heather was painting her coffee table at the same time with homemade chalk paint (post to come later about that) and her first coat took way longer than mine and her coffee table was nowhere near as detailed/large as mine. The ASCP just covers so well and goes so far–it is worth the money in my opinion (especially now that I have seen the comparison firsthand). I didn’t even sand or repair any of the scratches, I figured that would add character and a more “metal” look to it once it was done (plus I was lazy).

After 2 coats:

1st coat zinc coffee tableOnce dried, I sanded down the entire table using a 200 grit sanding block. I tried sandpaper, thinking it would be better for the crevices and details, but I liked the sanding block so much better–much quicker and more comfortable to work with. It has a totally different look after sanding.

coffee table sandedsanded drawersAfter sanding it was time for the wax. Heather and I decided we wanted to try Briwax, as we had heard it was a good substitute for the ASCP clear wax. I had been using Minwax Finishing Paste and it was easy enough but definitely took more elbow grease than the soft-as-butter ASCP wax. I have to say, the Briwax was a *bit* softer but had quite a strong odor. I had to open doors to allow for plenty of ventilation, which I usually never have to do. And I may have started waxing too soon, but the Briwax also seemed to take off some of the paint as I rubbed it on. Again, that could have been my fault for being in a hurry, but it was something I noticed. I still used the ASCP round brush for the wax (LOVE) and an old t-shirt to wipe off excess.

After the first coat of wax was dry, it was time to start on the faux-zinc part by adding silver metallic craft paint (any will do–Heather happened to have some in her stash so I just used what she had; I think it was 2 different silvers too) to the wax. It seemed to take more craft paint to achieve the look than it did with the last table, but it could have been because I couldn’t get it to blend with the wax very well. I may be splurging on ASCP Clear Wax for my next project–I have been spoiled by her Dark Wax already.

Drawers and top of table AFTER:

Top drawer has just been waxed, bottom drawer has been waxed with the silver craft paint added. You can see the depth the craft paint gives it in this picture.

drawers after silver paint2013-02-11 15.22.01After doing a final coat of wax (this is a much-used coffee table, after all) and letting that dry, I buffed the entire thing (using a good amount of muscle/force) to get a nice smooth finish and shine. I love the buffing pad I got from the ASCP stockist. It is just a microfiber pad (for only $1.50) but it is wonderful.

It took me a while to find knobs to replace the original worn-out wooden ones because I didn’t want to spend more on knobs than I did on the entire table. I saw some beautiful ones at Hobby Lobby, but even $3.00 a piece was more than I wanted to pay. I decided to go with some cheap, black $0.97 ones from Lowe’s. It ties it back into my black entertainment center and work just fine. They even had a little detail to them.

zinc table knobs closeAnd I was done! Since it is a table that we use (and couldn’t NOT have in our living room), I kept it covered with a sheet for a couple weeks to make sure it could properly seal without getting scratched up by my son with a race car or something.

Zinc coffee table1 Zinc coffee table2 Zinc coffee table4So, just for fun, let’s see a before and after. I always love those!


Zinc coffee table after

I love it! Now, if I can get rid of my couches and rug and get that charcoal grey sectional I so desire, then it would look even better, but that will have to wait.

This was definitely labor-intensive but still didn’t take very long in the overall scheme of things. I could have knocked it out in a couple days if I tried really hard. Definitely worth it when you see the results though–my cell phone pics don’t quite do it justice.

Next up, a Barcelona Orange dresser for the nursery! Yikes!

Have you tried this technique? What do you think of it? What has been your favorite piece you have painted (any technique)?

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big finished coffee table

I Spy with my little eye…

Somewhere in the late 90′s/Early 2000′s as I was making the transition from “college furniture” to “for-real furniture”, someone told me that a monochromatic color scheme lent an air of sophistication.  BOY, did I listen!

Our first house had lovely mocha walls with a taupe couch and chair (in a microsuede fabric that no one should consider if they are even entertaining the notion of children) and furniture that required an allen wrench for assembly. Fast forward 12 years, and sadly, our house was stuck in the same color scheme, only we had graduated to a chocolate leather sofa and love seat.  I’m the girl that likes to try new things, but I have no idea where to begin. Brittaney?  Not so much.  I told her that I was tired of my home looking like it wasn’t put together.  Brittaney has an insane ability to pull together a room with knick knacks she found from every corner of the globe. Without her help, I’m afraid the older, more refined, less thrifty version of myself would have delighted greatly in this room:

I gave Brittaney carte blanche to make whatever suggestions she might in our living room.  We were off to the races, and she had completely re-configured my living room with (GASP!) the furniture floating in the center of the room.  Then, she suggested a pop of color. I needed a rug to anchor the space and a coffee table.   I found a fun/funky rug at the Home Fabrics and Rugs, and I LOVE it.  All my favorite colors were brought together without looking like a train wreck.  This was a bold choice for me!

Next up on our shopping excursion was Goodwill.  Who would have known I longed for the days when I bought things at the furniture store, only to figure out I could really put my stamp on the place by finding “treasures” (that likely require a fair amount of elbow grease) at thrift shops?  This little gem was hiding in plain sight, and was mine for the bargain price of $5!! The guys at Goodwill broke the glass table top.  That’s fine, I wasn’t going to use it anyway!

Coffee Table with Missing Glass

Then I had luaun (loo-on) cut to fit the top of the coffee table.  Using a staple gun, I attached it to the frame of the table and caulked the seams.  One of the things I love most about this coffee table are the feet!

coffee table luanfoot detail




Now for the pop of color I need….My absolute favorite color in the world right now is the turquoise blue in the rug.  Valspar has a fabulous color that matches it completely called Jackson Glen.

After One Coat of Paint

**A word about the paint selection…  I love all of the specialty paints we have used on other projects (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, CeCe Caldwell, Miss Mustard Seed, etc.) but for cost, durability, and a plethora of color options, I chose Valspar HD in a Semi-Gloss finish.  We use our living room all day every day, and this table will be used for snacks, homework, coffee, and much more.  I wanted something durable that I would be able to touch up quickly if necessary without additional finishing steps.  I did poly the top for added durability.   Without further adieu, this is the finished project!  I love it!

big finished coffee table



Faux Zinc Coffee Table

Remember this coffee table I bought last week (in my furniture buying frenzy)?

This was how it looked in the ad when I stole bought it for $20. Not bad, very solid, just outdated light oak. I bought Annie Sloan Graphite Friday night (finally!) and I knew I wanted to try a faux zinc finish on it (after seeing this tutorial) before attempting it on my own coffee table (another CL purchase):

Of course, my coffee table has more drawers & more details, so it will definitely take more time, but I was able to complete the $20 coffee table in one day and I didn’t even get started until after lunch. And I am so happy with the results!

So, here’s the coffee table before. In my living room, on bricks, 2 fans blowing on me, HGTV on in the background. My Heaven.

I got the first coat on quickly, maybe 30 minutes. I love how the Annie Sloan paint dries SO fast. By the time you are done with the first coat, you can start on the 2nd coat.

After the 2nd coat, following Amy’s tutorial, I gently sanded down the whole piece. All I had was a 220 grit sanding block, which worked fine on the big surfaces, but was more difficult around the rounded legs and details. Next time, I will make sure to have actual sandpaper.

The paint looked SO different after I sanded. I started getting excited. I did one coat of wax (by the way, I still don’t have the Annie Sloan Clear Wax. I am still working out of my tub of Minwax Finishing Paste–it worked fine) and then came the time to add the metallic craft paint. Here goes nothing. I had to remind myself this was my practice piece. I did make the mistake of wiping the wax off after applying it (as I have become trained to do) but then I realized I was just wiping all the metallic off. So, use very little wax and, depending on how shimmery/light you want it, more metallic paint. Just use enough wax to make the craft paint blendable. And don’t wipe it off unless you feel like you used too much wax or metallic paint. This is a very forgiving technique, so you really can’t mess up. Every piece will look different.

AHH!! I LOVE IT! My husband pointed out that you can see brush strokes and the color varies all over the piece, but I had to remind him it was supposed to look like that. It is supposed to resemble a metal piece. And it does! I did it. And I absolutely love it.

I also found some cute dark gray/black chevron scrapbook paper to line the drawer with. This is where I had the most trouble. It probably took me longer to line the drawer than it did to paint the piece. I am just that OCD. A little mod-podge and you get a little surprise when you open the drawer.

So it took about 6 hours, start to finish, with several breaks in there as well to finish the piece. I still need to do a little buffing and maybe another coat of clear wax to give it a little more protection (since it is a coffee table) but here it is!

I love that it is a finish you don’t see all the time. I love that I was actually able to pull it off. I did convince myself that I do, in fact, want to do this treatment to my coffee table but it is going to take A LOT longer, so I have to prep myself for that.

So what do you think? Do you think you will try this finish? Have you tried another faux finish technique that you liked (or didn’t–we need to know these things, too)?

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I promise I am still around. I work at a preschool 4 days/week and it has started back up and that has just taken over a lot of the free time I had over the summer. Believe me, I am antsy to get back to painting some furniture and doing some crafts (like this one). And I am sure my husband would appreciate me getting to painting since I have recently acquired 3 new (to me) pieces that are slowly taking over parts of my house. Yep, 3. I have a problem, remember?

So here’s what will be coming soon:

Last Sunday I told a friend I work with at church that I would be hitting up some Goodwills later that day. She told me to keep an eye out for a nightstand/side table for her son. The first Goodwill we walked into, I spotted this one. It is a taller table and it has a shelf in that open part, it just needs new brackets to hold it up. And it’s HEAVY. Price? $9.99! I snatched it up before I even heard back from her (I had texted her a picture) knowing that even if she didn’t want it, I would do something with it. The plan is to use Napoleonic Blue (i still have plenty left from my dresser) and maybe mix a bit of Graphite in to darken it a little (which means I definitely get to buy some this weekend!!).


This little beauty came about on Craigslist and I immediately coveted it. It is an antique washstand (supposedly. I never know with those things and didn’t see a stamp anywhere, but I don’t really care. It’s still pretty.) and very solid. For $50! I originally pictured it for my front hallway (pictured above) but it sticks out a little further than I like and is a little short for the wall. It will probably end up being a side table in my living room. And while it is definitely pretty like it is, I know I will end up doing something to it. I just can’t decide what. Paint or stain? Or stain the top (I want darker/less red) and paint the bottom? I need your thoughts.


And then there’s this coffee table. I just picked it up today (off a Facebook buy/sell/trade group in my area–seriously check your Facebook/area and see if there is one set up. I belong to 4 different groups in the area–here’s a group name for example: Trophy Club For Sale/Free/Needed). She was only asking $30 to begin with and I picked it up for $20. It is a solid, large coffee table in great condition and I plan to redo it in a Zinc-type finish. I can’t wait to get started on it! ***Update–see finished project here!***


So there’s my plans for the coming weeks. You will, of course, be kept up to date on the progress with plenty of pictures, I am sure.

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My Recent Craigslist Purchases (aka Fueling My Addiction)

So, as I mentioned in my last post, I have several projects on my mind. The latest, and definitely the most spur-of-the-moment, is my idea to do banquette seating in my kitchen. I was randomly searching CL this weekend (for the first time in over a week, thankyouverymuch) and found several great pieces. But I only bought 2. See? Self-control. That’s my middle name. :)

This is my coffee table that I bought 3 years ago when we moved into our new house. I loved it at the time, but it has been well-worn in by a certain 5-year-old with scratches and nicks all over. It was also too small for our living room. **update–sold it for $115 this evening-already made a profit!**

And this is my new beauty. I love her. She is 50″ by 30″ with 8 drawers (4 on each side).  She is a heavy beast. Did I need a new coffee table? Well, no. But I got the lady down to $60 from $100 for a HEAVY, solid wood piece of furniture that is exactly what I have been envisioning. So, it was destined to be mine.

Now, being a Craigslist find, she has a few dings and definite wear, as shown here:

My original plan was to paint her. But as I started thinking about it and how hard my family is on coffee tables, I got nervous about how quickly the paint would show wear, especially since I am not a pro at painting by any stretch of the imagination. Then, while Pinteresting, I saw this. A tutorial on staining wood without completely stripping it down to bare wood (actually she says it won’t even work on bare wood). Of course, I will sand it down a little bit and patch up anything necessary but I really think I am going to give this a try. Hopefully that will hold up better than paint. Plus, I really don’t mind the wood on this coffee table, it just needs to be prettied up.

My next find was a gorgeous kitchen table. Again, did I need it? No. But it does fit my vision of my banquette seating area and I got her down to $75 from $95. Meant to be. I went back and forth about this purchase. I had already spent money on the coffee table, were we really going to do the banquette area, etc., etc. Finally, I just went for it. I am going to sell my old set to get money for the banquette supplies and call it good.

This is my old table (well, 3 years.) It has a leaf to make it 54″ square and 8 chairs. Still in really good shape, just not what I want right now. Excuse the mess of a wall in the background. My husband started removing the wallpaper a few months ago and hasn’t gotten back to finishing it.

And here’s my new table. It didn’t come with chairs, so that was also a concern because I am a little OCD about matching stuff but my sister calmed me down and assured me we could work it out.


So pretty, right? I am not even going to paint it. The wood is in great condition and check out those legs. LOVE. I can’t wait to get it in my kitchen. With chairs. And a banquette. Sometime in the near future. *fingers crossed*

I will post pictures when I get either or both projects finished (or along the way–we’ll see how the coffee table staining goes).

I am realizing now that I was so dumb to ever buy furniture at retail stores and pay retail prices. There is some great stuff out there. I am seriously addicted (as seen here and here). I may never buy “new” furniture again.

Anyone else find anything good on Craigslist recently? Are you as addicted as I am?

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