Hannah from The Cozy Hearth scored this amazing coffee table for just $5 and used Country Chic Paint products to turn it into a damask masterpiece!

Guess how much I scored this little coffee table for!!

No, really, take a guess!

Do you have a price in mind? Yes?

***drumroll, please***

Ladies and gentlemen, this table cost me FIVE DOLLARS. For a table that was structurally sound, I thought it was a pretty good steal!

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But here’s the thing. It looked great from a distance, but not so much up close…

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Damask coffee table #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #coffeetable #damask #stencil #texture #embossing #white #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

The old paint was peeling in corners, and whoever painted it didn’t even do a great job because the finish was lacking full coverage in a lot of places. And I’m not sure what paint that person used, but it literally peeled off in one layer to reveal a chalky, also poorly-painted white surface underneath. So after I peeled away the weird paint layer, I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do to it. I knew I wanted to keep it white, but plain white was too simple. I decided to paint the whole surface brown. I used a mix of paints to create this color but the All-in-One paint in Driftwood would’ve been a really pretty choice too!

Damask coffee table #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #coffeetable #damask #stencil #texture #embossing #white #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Damask coffee table #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #coffeetable #damask #stencil #texture #embossing #white #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

In order to play up the design a little, I decided to use Texture Powder with the same color paint in order to stencil a damask pattern onto the sides of the table. Just mix a 1:1 ratio of paint to powder, apply the paste to a stencil, remove and wash the stencil!

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After the stenciling dried, I went over the entire surface with a liberal layer of Crackle Medium. It does give your painted a shiny finish, but not to worry, it won’t matter once you get your topcoat on. Then I applied several layers of Vanilla Frosting, my favorite white in the world! Be sure to apply it in completely random strokes in order to get the best crackle effect(none of that “apply in the direction of the grain” nonsense!). If you do apply the paint in the direction of the grain, you’ll get smaller, parallel cracks, and it just won’t look as authentic. You’ll have cracks everywhere there is a layer of Crackle Medium and personally, that wasn’t my style. I hated it. But I applied more layers of paint in some areas to cover up most of the cracks, and you end up with a cool authentic-looking finish like this!

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Then, I lightly sanded down the paint that covered the stenciled texture. Not too much, just enough to bring out the details and allow that brown to peek through. I used 120-grit sandpaper.

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Lastly, I went over the table with two layers of Tough Coat! The second layer was applied an hour after the first. I went with the Tough Coat because a coffee table, by nature, is going to face a lot of touching, from tableware and spills, to decor and grubby hands that belong to itty bitty visitors!

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Here is a close-up of the detail on the table. Doesn’t it look much better than a plain white surface?

And here is the finished product! I don’t think I can part with this one…

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Hannah {The Cozy Hearth}

I’m Hannah, owner of the Cozy Hearth. I started out on Instagram as a blogger for fun, and enjoyed it so much that I turned the hobby into a small business. Our catchphrase is, “where DIY meets chic decor,” and it’s all about sharing projects and products that help transform your living space into home sweet home. My favorite projects involve restoring and refinishing furniture into beautiful items that embody the life of your home. You’d be surprised by the potential you can find in someone else’s junk!

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