This is our very first post by Ashley from Dirt Stains and Paint. She transformed this thrift store find into a beautiful living room centrepiece.

Hi fellow DIY’ers, I’m Ashley from Dirt Stains and Paint and I’m so excited to be on the Country Chic Paint bandwagon (or blogger squad…tomato, tamato ;). Over at Dirt Stains and Paint, I specialize in allowing my house of boys to transform their clothes with au natural dirt stains outside, while I tackle thrift store finds and transform them with new paint! We live in a new construction home, and are constantly working to add “old character” to our new home – who knew new construction would require so many projects?!

To fill the spaces in our home, I’ve been working on a budget. So most pieces I choose to re-do come from my thrifting or Craigslist adventures. You’ll see that I love most things with a distressed finished, and am a sucker for curvy legs – like this sofa table that was my first experience using Country Chic Paint.

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Today I’m sharing with you my latest thrift store find. An old oak french provincial style coffee table.

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Aside from the few water marks on top, it was in near perfect condition – just my style!

One of the things that I love about using Country Chic Paint, is the minimal prep work required. In this case though, I knew that painting a light color over dark wood, with a decent water mark, would probably require a little bit of sanding.

So I busted out my handy dandy palm sander and gave the top a quick sand just to be sure that water mark wouldn’t be water marking my new table. 🙂

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After cleaning with a wet cloth and letting dry, I was ready for my paint!

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Grainsack Coffee Table #DIY #thriftstorefind #stripes #paintedfurniture - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

I had a vision for this table from the very beginning – usually being inspired by shabby-chic-french-farmhouse-y type things. So two coats of Vanilla Frosting went on.

Grainsack Coffee Table #DIY #thriftstorefind #stripes #paintedfurniture - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

*Tip: After using a billion different cheap brushes over the years, through trial and error, I have learned to make the investment in a good paintbrush. This will help eliminate brush stroke marks and smooth your finish when using multiple coats – especially with a lighter/white color!

My go-to these days is to use the wet-distressing technique to distress the spots on the table that would “naturally” get wear and tear. I just use a wet washcloth, and as long as I haven’t waited too long post paint drying (less than 2 hours ish), then this technique works perfectly!

Grainsack Coffee Table #DIY #thriftstorefind #stripes #paintedfurniture - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

For added flare, I decided to give the table a faux grain sack design using two coats of Devotion. I taped off the stripes using blue painter’s tape, and as along as I use a straight edge of some sort (i.e. a ruler) to seal the tape down, there should be no leakage.

Grainsack Coffee Table #DIY #thriftstorefind #stripes #paintedfurniture - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

Grainsack Coffee Table #DIY #thriftstorefind #stripes #paintedfurniture - www.countrychicpaint.com/blog

A little more distressing, this time with a sanding block because I only wanted to subtly pull one layer of paint off, followed by two coats of Natural Wax, and voila – this table is complete!

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I love the grain sack flare! And how the Devotion contrasts the Vanilla Frosting for such a unique coffee table.

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Off to market this little table goes!



Ashley

Ashley {Dirt Stains and Paint}

I’m Ashley from Dirt Stains and Paint. I’m a Seattle girl that specializes in allowing my house of boys to transform their clothes with au natural dirt stains outside, while I tackle adding “old character” to our new construction home through all sorts of DIY projects. Always working on a budget, most projects start at the thrift store and get transformed with new paint! You’ll see that I love most things with a distressed finished, a farmhouse flare, and everything rustic in between.

Make sure to follow Ashley on her blog Dirt Stains and Paint, as well as on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!