Michael’s coastal cottage salvaged wood coffee table ~ trash to treasure!

He made one for OUR living room a year or so ago.  Finally got around to making one to SELL in our space.

Constructed entirely of reclaimed fence boards and 4×4’s.  ALL of which were procured for FREE from local fencing companies.  (They remove the old fence when they install new, and give away the old leftover stuff.  All you have to do is ASK.  Just be aware that USUALLY those old fenceboards will be in full 8′ sections!)

The legs are ‘stabilized’ with an ‘apron’ made using the same fence boards, just cut into narrower widths.

He left the wood UNsanded, at my request.  I wanted as much of the natural texture as possible to remain.

I did do a little bit of ‘prep sanding’ as you can see above, to get the ‘exposed’ part of the boards to more closely match the lower unexposed part in color.  I was planning on ‘dry brushing’ the paint on, which means the wood color will still show through some.

Not a perfect match, but close enough!

The legs, made from 4×4’s didn’t have the same weathered raised grain texture as the top and sides; so I painted them solid, instead of dry brush style.  When parts of your piece aren’t an exact match, it’s best to enhance the CONTRAST.

 This closer look at the table top so you can see how the raw wood shows through, AND how the little bit of sanding I did at the edge was sufficient for getting the finished top to match.

This distressed white finish goes with MANY different decorating styles: shabby chic, beach cottage, farmhouse, even Victorian, by adding a pretty lace doily.

It has gone to my space at Stars in Portland; $64.00.  Right now it’s ‘kinda buried’ with a bunch of other stuff stacked on top of it.   I will move it to the front of the space for better visibility, as soon as that window pane shelf sells.

Thinking about bringing in more white items in the near future, just to change things up a little.  I LOVE the beachy blue, just need a little variation once in a while.

DRY BRUSH 101

Dry brush painting is a very simple technique.  You use a MINIMAL amount of paint on your brush, keeping the bristles very dry.  Brush VERY lightly using just the very tips of your brush bristles.  This gives you a nice sparsley painted surface, almost as if part of the paint has been sanded or worn off.

On this black and mustard jelly cupboard with a shutter door, I dry brushed the mustard paint over the black.  Why dry brush instead of fully paint, then sand to distress?  Sometimes it’s just a more time efficient way to get the job done.  In the case of this piece, the shutter slats would have just been too difficult to sand.  And since I dry brush painted the shutter door, I wanted the rest of the piece to match.

Another good time to use the dry brush technique is when you are adding NEW parts ot an old piece.  On this picket fence shelf, the picket fence was naturally weathered.  We wanted the shelves we added to match.  We used recycled fence boards (old and grey and nicely raised grain) and just dry brushed on the white paint.  Pretty good match eh?

 

For this little basket chest, first i spray painted it with flat blcak paint.  Once dry, I dry brushed on the mustard.

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