French Linen Detailed Coffee Table

This piece was love at first sight.


You are probably asking yourself why? and thinking that I seriously need some help.

Let me tell you why. I fell in love with the dark wood, the carved details, and bottom shelf. I knew it would go from a worn-down piece to a stunner with a little elbow grease.

So after patching a few gouges, cleaning, and lightly sanding the top (only to make it even- remember you don’t have to sand with chalk paint for adherence), I went to work.

I chose ASCP French Linen as my color. I wanted a neutral since as a coffee table it needs to be a utility piece in a living room. Sometimes I consider going bold with coffee tables, but typically I go for classic so that it will fit in with nearly anyone’s decor. You can always spice it up with accessories! I also love this color on this piece because the color gives great contrast to the dark wood when I distress.

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This color covers pretty well, but not enough for only one coat. I used a 1.5″ angled brush all over which worked well for all the details.

After letting it dry I diluted a little paint in a plastic cup to make more of a wash. This is great when you need a second coat but don’t want to waste precious paint on doing a full one.

The wash goes much more quickly, and as soon as it was dry I wet-distressed with a sponge.
I lightly rubbed on the corners, top, and detailed areas to make them stand out. I sealed with wax and it looks gorgeous!

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What do you think of this coffee table? Are you as smitten as I am?

It’s for sale in the booth for $100

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7 thoughts on “French Linen Detailed Coffee Table

  1. I read your blog all the time, but lately none of your pictures work. I have tried two different browsers and different computers. I’m not sure if it’s the way they are being uploaded but it sucks not being able to see your furniture re-dos!

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