I picked up this coffee table at the same time as the little side table that I renovated previously. I originally had different plans for this table, but I so loved the way this renovated side table turned out, that I decided to make the coffee table match.
First, I removed all of the hardware and got to sanding down the table. Because I planned on staining the top, I made sure that this was sanded down perfectly, and I finished off with a fine grit (120) sandpaper for an extra smooth finish. Since my plan was to do the base of this coffee table with chalk paint, it wasn't necessary for me to be obsessive about sanding the base. Although the directions on the chalk paint tin says that it is not necessary to sand down at all, I do see a difference in how the piece looks at the end if I do some sanding before I paint. The sanding doesn't have to be perfect and you do not need to get into all of those little grooves, but just give it a good enough sanding to rough it up a little. I use the Hyper Tough Orbit Sander, which works great for all my needs.
After giving the table a good wipe down with a damp cloth (don't skip this step and make sure you get rid of all of the little dust particles caused by the sanding), the fun part starts.
I stained the top of the coffee table using Rust-Oleums weathered Gray Stain. I only used one coat as I just wanted to get a light gray effect to match my previous project and it was just enough to turn the grain of the wood a soft gray. I applied the stain using a foam brush and then wiping it off with a lint free rag (effectively polishing the stain into the wood). I have previously painted the stain on with a brush, but I wasn't happy with the end result (I felt like it just came out to streaky).
Once the stain had dried, I turned the piece over to tape off the areas that I did not want to chalk paint, using painters tape. I painted the base with Rust-oleums Linen White Chalk Paint. The first coat comes out a little streaky, but just make sure you get good coverage the first time round. The second coat took care of all those streaks and gave me the smooth finish i was looking for.
Once the chalk paint was completely dry (make sure it is dry before you do this, or the chalk paint will run and become streaky), I applied 2 coats of a water based polyurethane. I used Rust-oleum's matte based polyurethane so that i could keep the chalky look of the paint, without a high glossy appearance. I actually added an additional coat to the top since it will see a lot of traffic and I wanted to protect it as much as possible.
I finished off by attaching the hardware (to match my side table). I love the white weathered handles, I feel like it really just gave it the farmhouse feel I was going for.
I love the way this turned out. I would love to hear from you if you try this (or any other fun projects out).
If you love the little succulent planters on the coffee table, have a look at my Up-Cycled Dollar Store Planters.