Fab Furniture Flippin Contest Coastal Inspirations

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This is the month I decided to give The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest a try! It’s a monthly themed contest run by a group of talented bloggers. This month’s contest is sponsored by Salt Wash. Saltwash is an additive to any type of paint to give your piece an authentic time worn look battered by the sun, sea and salt air.

The theme for June is Coastal Inspirations. You know I have a garage full of furniture. I decided on a coffee table I bought so long ago. It was waiting for the perfect treatment. And this technique using Saltwash is just the thing that will bring this beauty back to life as a coastal cottage coffee table.

My coastal vision for this thrift store table was inspired by my drives in the early morning over the coastal waterway as the sun is rising in the sky. Before the sun gets really hot and intensified, the colors of the sky and water. As the sun is peeking out from the clouds, waking up our world the colors are soft and subtle.


The day arrived when I got the container of Saltwash and the instructions. Time to get to work. Before I could even start painting I had to prep the table. Since the table had a dark stain and a slightly glossy coating, I lightly sanded the top and legs. And as usual I took it all apart. It makes it easier. Then I primed it. I did not want to take any chances the stain would bleed through.

Once the table was prepped, I mixed up my DIY Chalk Paint recipe of one part Plaster of Paris with water, then three parts paint. Then the moment came, I added the Saltwash. Now since I didn’t want to mix up a quart of paint, I calculated the amount of salt wash I would need for a pint. Which is half of a quart right? I did run a little shy and mixed up a little bit more to finish a table leg.

I used a large paint brush and globbed the paint on. That was strange. When the paint became tacky, I knocked down some of the peaks with the same brush. For the table legs, I used a smaller brush but did the same technique. Then I left it so it would dry completely.

The next day I was back at it. I used a lighter color in the shade of the wave starting to hit the beach. I also mixed in the Saltwash in this color. Once again I left it so it would dry thoroughly. I didn’t have to knock down any high spots. When I was applying the mixture I kind of felt like I was stuccoing a wall.

The final coat of paint… I mixed up a marshmallow white, the color of surf as it gets close to the sand. The DIY Chalk Paint was watered down to create a washed effect. It didn’t take long to dry and it was time to sand.

And sand I did, first with a 60 grit paper. As I sanded the textured finish became smooth but it still has texture. When I started to work on the coffee table legs I thought I made a bad choice but the design started to peak through. To finish up the sanding I went back over it with 220 grit sandpaper. The surface seemed to have a very hard finish. The texture made me think of the weathered concrete of the piers after water has lapped against them for many years.

Once the table was sanded to my liking, I waxed it with clear and then dark wax. I did use my buffer attachment that goes on my drill. It brought the finish up so it looks like glass, sea glass perhaps.

I like the idea that you can use any paint with this product. It also gives the piece interest and texture and is easy to use. I know what my next project will be using Saltwash. What do you think of this effect?

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Drop Cloth Material Is An Elegant Farmhouse Look

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When I was looking for material for the chair I found in the neighborhood I decided to use drop cloth material. I use it with many projects. I like the color and it is cheap and durable. It is one of those things that can be dressed up or dressed down. I choose the drop cloth material for the Glorious Imperfect Chair because I knew it would give it an elegant farmhouse look.

Using the old piece of material I took off from the chair as a pattern I cut a piece of drop cloth material for the new upholstery.

When I was at Michaels looking for something else I found a stencil in a French design and knew it would be perfect. This was the day I was at Hancock Fabrics so I had the chair on my mind. That is when I decided I would use the drop cloth and the stencil would add to this poor worn-out chair.

I sprayed stencil adhesive on the stencil and centered it on the material.

I used my gold craft paint mixed with fabric medium and proceeded to stencil the drop cloth. Just laying it on the unfinished chair was a boost.

My next step was to recreate the double welted cording. Which by the way I have never done. I used my plumb line to snap a straight line so I could cut out the fabric strips. I found the best tutorial at Hearts and Sharts. Dena shows how to do this in my mind, an overwhelming task. She takes the fear right out of it. It didn’t take long to make the cording, I made more then what I needed so I knew it would be enough to go around the cushion.

At first, I thought the piece of drop cloth that I cut out and stenciled was too small. I even stenciled another one and cut it out bigger. Then I thought go for it and see what happens, I used the first one I made. I used my stapler and compressor and started stapling. I was really liking it.

Once the drop cloth was stapled, I stapled the bottom fabric to the chair. I probably didn’t need to take it off but I washed and ironed it. Is that a strange thing to do? Maybe but I like to make sure it is clean.

The cording was hot glued around the edge of the drop cloth upholstery to hide the staples.

I sure love using drop cloth for decorating projects. It really has a nice texture and it is so inexpensive. I think it gave the chair an elegant farmhouse look. Do you?

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