I purchased this sofa table at the Goodwill nearly a year ago.
I struggled to get a good ‘before’ photo of it. You can’t really tell, but the top is that sort of yellow-ish, shiny wood finish that was popular in the 90’s and the base is a dark forest green.
I’m not really sure why I grabbed this piece, except that the price was right and I figured it would be a quick makeover.
I knew I wanted to strip the top, and that’s a summer job for me. I prefer to avoid stripping pieces in the house during the winter. So I set this table aside for a few months. Then last summer I stripped the top. After I had it down to bare wood, I decided I liked the pale color but it was still a bit too golden. So I white washed it using Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth (check out this post if you want to learn more about white washing).
After white washing, I added a top coat of clear wax.
I loved how the top turned out, so next I moved on to painting the base.
I thought it would work well to stick with the pale color scheme, so I painted the base in Dixie Belle’s French Linen. Normally I like French Linen, but for some reason it didn’t work on this piece. It just looked strangely washed out. I thought maybe the piece needed more contrast between the top and the base , so I pulled out the Gravel Road next and re-painted the base.
But you know what? I didn’t like that either. It was too dark.
So I did what I tend to do in this situation. I threw a drop cloth over it and used it to stack stuff on out in the carriage house for a few more months.
Flash forward to a week or so ago. I had ordered some more Gravel Road from Dixie Belle, but somehow they sent me their Hurricane Gray by mistake. At first I was slightly bummed by this mistake, but then I realized that the Hurricane Gray might actually be just perfect for the base of this table.
Here’s a comparison of the these three shades of gray.
That’s French Linen on the left, Hurricane Gray in the middle and Gravel Road on the right. If the French Linen was too pale, and the Gravel Road was too dark, maybe the Hurricane Gray would be just right.
So I pulled the table out of ‘storage’ and repainted the base once again.
I staged it up with a few of my favorite things.
I think it works to balance the cool tones of the black & white photo and the Hurricane Gray with the warm golden tones of the lamp, clock, books and old wooden crate .
A little bit of paint gave a fresh new look to a rather tired, dated looking piece, don’t you agree?
Hopefully the neutrality of this piece will help it sell quickly.
Speaking of which, if any of my local readers are in need of a sofa table, be sure to check out the details on my ‘available for local sale‘ page.
As always, thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing the products used for this project.