Thrifted Coffee Table Makeover

Who doesn’t love peonies?!  A gorgeous bloom with a glorious fragrance.  Can you tell they are my new-found love?  I was blessed by a local freecycler who wanted to part with all of their pink peony plants last fall.  I grabbed them all up along with some chrysanthemums, black-eyed susans, and some other yet-to-be-named plants.  What a generous person!  Here are some pictures of my first blooms.

Notice the faded, chippy paint (not going for the shabby look) on our home in the background?  We are currently painting the exterior of our cedar-sided home, and adding stone veneer.  What a job!

As if that isn’t enough I just finished another painting project – a lovely coffee table makeover that I found at a local garage sale.  Yes!

This table had some child-enhanced features (doodles on top) and other minor wear, but for the most part, very good bones – solid oak.
The carvings are what made me decide to do a creamy white shabby finish using CeCe Caldwell’s Vintage White chalk paint.  This was not my first time using CeCe’s products and overall I enjoy it – simple to use, natural ingredients, and good coating capabilities.  I also used it on my other piece seen here and my rocking chair redo.
shabby chic coffee table via Prodigal Pieces

One of my favorite ways to accentuate carvings on a piece is by glazing, but this time I went with a distressed time-worn effect, using sanding only. 

shabby chic coffee table via Prodigal Pieces

After doing some distressing, I finished with several coats of a water-based polycrylic so that it would stand up to daily wear and also those loving childhood doodles. ahem.

shabby chic coffee table via Prodigal Pieces
shabby chic coffee table via Prodigal Pieces

This table has sold, but you can still stop by my shop and check out my other antique and vintage treasures.  I would love to hear what you think!  

shabby chic coffee table via Prodigal Pieces
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  • Felicia Doyle

    Beautifully done!

    June 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! And thanks for stopping by!

      June 7, 2013 at 2:39 pm Reply
  • chateau chic

    Your coffee table looks so pretty all painted. Lovely details showing with the distressing.
    Mary Alice

    June 7, 2013 at 11:37 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for your kind words. :o)

      June 8, 2013 at 12:05 am Reply
  • At Rivercrest Cottage

    nice job on the coffee table.

    June 12, 2013 at 2:29 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! It was a fun project.

      June 12, 2013 at 2:33 am Reply
  • Victorian Tailor

    Love what you did to this table!

    June 12, 2013 at 1:08 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you very much!

      June 12, 2013 at 2:59 pm Reply
  • Dakota Creek Chic

    I love this table, I love the distressing…it’s perfect. What a transformation! I would love to invite you to share over at my Weekend Beautiful Blog Party 🙂

    August 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Glad you stopped by Shawna! I’d love to stop by you blog party. Thank you for the invitation! :o)

      August 3, 2013 at 4:07 pm Reply

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