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I could not figure out what this was for. I found this at the Habitat Restore and stood there staring at it.
It looked like a table but I could tell the top was different than a normal table. It looked like the top could pop out. So that is what I did.
When I flipped the top over I discovered it had a cushion snapped to the wood. Now I didn’t need to buy anything else. I probably have a year’s worth of projects in my garage. But how could I pass this up. I was totally fascinated by this piece of furniture because I could not figure out what is was for.
Yes I bought it. So I really wanted to paint this in red and go back over it in black. I decided not to. One reason is I didn’t know where I could find snaps that would fit the ones on the wood.
And if I did paint it in black and red the upholstery would definitely need to be redone. Yes the thought did occur to me that I could paint the existing fabric but I didn’t want to do that either. Instead I scrubbed the cushion with Tuff Stuff upholstery cleaner.
So to start off with this makeover I primed the wood base with Zinsser a couple of times. I didn’t want to take the chance of bleed through. I did a little sample board of paint colors I thought would work with the upholstery since it is a neutral cream/beige fabric.
I decided to use Sherwin-Williams Impressive Ivory for the first coat of my DIY chalk paint. Next up is Steamed Milk. My sample board showed it as more of a contrast then it looks on the frame of the table or even in the picture.
And even though the table looked pretty I just didn’t see it as being white. For the third coat of paint I used a Sherwin-Williams color called Jetstream. It is a nice beachy blue, not the aqua but more of a reflection of the sky on the water.
The final coat of the DIY chalk paint is called Ebbtide. The Ebbtide is a little lighter than the Jetstream. Once the Ebbtide set up a little I did a wet distress on it. How I did that was I took a damp papertowel and make sure it is not a soft paper towel because it will leave lint on the project. You don’t want that kind of texture. I rubbed off the paint in strategic areas. The Jetstream blue showed through in larger areas than if I sanded the paint.
In the meantime I sanded the dark stain that was on the table top that inserts into the table itself. I took it down to the bare wood on both sides. I used the Minwax Whitewash Pickling stain on both sides. I really like this stain.
Then I started putting on the Polycrylic in the satin. I ended up putting on three coats for each side.
As the Polycrylic was drying I started waxing the table frame and buffing it. I put on two coats of clear wax.
I have to admit I wasn’t sure if I would like this since I had a different plan in mind but I went with my instinct and I am glad I did. So even though I could not figure out what this was for, I like it after all. I would really like to know if it was meant for a mobile home or a houseboat. It certainly has a dual purpose. What do you think?
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