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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)?

TDC Before and After

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Here’s my 2nd project from last weekend (this was my 1st)…remember this beauty?

I was itching to get started on it, so when I finally bought the AS Graphite Friday night, I came straight home and got busy. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to get started on something once I buy the supplies. My husband thought I was a little crazy for staying up to paint, but whatever.

I did end up mixing Napoleonic Blue with a little bit of Graphite, since my friend wanted it to be a darker navy blue. It worked great. It is definitely a dark blue. It is hard to capture in pictures, because it always ends up looking almost dark gray/black but it is definitely navy blue in person. I got one coat on before I went to bed and then did another coat the next morning.

Here it is post-wax and post-poly. Yes, I did 2 coats of poly. This will be in a young boys’ room, so it will see lots of wear and tear. I wanted to give it extra protection.

And then, just to make my OCD go crazy, I decided to add some scrapbook paper in the drawer for a little pop. When am I going to learn that I am not very good at that part?? I was going to put some on the backing as well, but let’s just say it didn’t quite work out. Ugh. But the drawer sure is cute.

Just when I thought I was ready to hand it over to the co-worker I made it for, I noticed a few spots that just didn’t look right. Of course. So I went over it all again, with more paint, wax, and poly and NOW it’s finally done. I can’t wait to give it to her tomorrow!

Pretty cute, if I do say so myself. Not bad for a $10 Goodwill find! I am glad it will get put to good use. And I am glad I got to work on another project!

P.S. I know it has been said here before, but I will say it again, Purdy brushes are the way to go. We each received one with our swag bags at Haven this summer and I have used the same one (well, two, since I somehow managed to keep my sister’s at my house) on every furniture project so far. Wash them out after every use and they are good as new. No bristles falling out and they hold up great. Sure, they are a little more expensive up front (but not crazy) but they last.

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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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Pinterest Party 8-2012: Furniture

Since we all have a *slight* obsession with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, of course, no Pinterest Party would be complete without a little painting. We were able to complete 6 pieces of furniture–3 nightstands, a dresser (which was already painted, just needed wax), a kitchen table, and a coffee table.

Now, onto the pictures. I know that’s what you’re all waiting for.

Check out this find! Heather and I found it at a Goodwill in Arlington for only $20. We knew Aunt Toni was looking for a side table for her daughter but couldn’t get a hold of her. I bought it anyway, knowing someone would find a place for it if she didn’t want it (that someone being me). But, of course, she wanted it. So it went from a very distressed (not intentionally) black piece to beautiful in Duck Egg with a drawer in Pure White with clear wax.

Aunt Toni was also working on a coffee table she found on Craigslist for $40. It was a little beaten up, but with it being laminate on top, there wasn’t much we could do as far as sanding. It was going in a college apartment, so we figured it would be getting beat up anyway. The paint at least gave it a fresher look, even though you could still see some rough spots. It adds character, right? We did Duck Egg all over and Pure White on the shelves with clear wax over all of it.

The next piece is a dresser I found on Craigslist ($50) but Aunt Toni bought it from me (again, for her daughter’s apartment–how lucky is that girl?).

She is still on the lookout for cute knobs or pulls, so it’s not quite done yet.

She also decided to revamp some chairs to go in her daughter’s apartment. Plain metal and wood chairs turned into red, cute chairs with Ikea tea towels ($0.79 each, y’all!) used as slipcovers…I would have never thought of that. No ASCP this time, just red spray paint–we take the easy way when necessary.









It was an easy, cheap project with very little sewing (and could be done with no sewing if you so desired) and totally changed the look of the chairs. She even added some pom-pom fringe on the back just to top it off.

Paige (Heather & Whitney’s cousin’s girlfriend) brought 2 nightstands that she scored for $10 each at a flea market in South Texas (how come I never get that lucky?!) and bought Graphite to use on them. Heather and I were so excited to see the Graphite on a piece of furniture. We have been wanting to go buy some for a few of our pieces but hadn’t managed to do so yet. This was Paige’s first experience with ASCP, so I hope she was as impressed as we have been. I think originally she was hoping for an almost black look, but with only 2 coats and then clear and dark wax, we got a dark charcoal color, which I love. I am sure if we kept going and added more coats and then more dark wax, it would have gotten darker, but she was happy with it. She added some CUTE houndstooth wrapping paper as drawer liner, which absolutely made the piece. Again, no before pictures (sorry, we just weren’t thinking), but just imagine one plain wood nightstand (sanded down) and one white one.

It was a very busy weekend, with all the crafting and furniture painting, but it all turned out really good.

Aunt Toni and Paige with all their furniture. And cute Lucy had to get in on the picture, too. **sidenote~Do you see the view we get when we have Pinterest Parties at my aunt’s house?? It’s a wonder we get any work done.**

I love ASCP simply because you can work so fast and get so many pieces done, but I do want to try to make my own chalk paint and also try gel stain and CeCe Caldwell. You know, just to get a feel for everything…and pass on what we discover to you guys, of course.

TDC Before and After

What furniture have you painted? With Annie Sloan or something else?