Bring Nature indoors with an upcycled DIY Coffee Table!
Let me just start off by saying that we don't just love nature, we live it!
The thing is, sanding, and stripping a piece of old furniture can be time consuming. We certainly don't want to take time away from walking the nature trails! The perfect solution - Chalk Paint®, it practically eliminates prep time when painting furniture.
I absolutely LOVE Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® but... it's not available everywhere. Lowe's Home Improvement store sells a great Chalk Paint® alternative.
I used Linen White for the base coat. I must warn you, the instructions on Lowe's website suggest that it takes one coat... I'm thinking not. After the first coat I gasped! Ohhhh uhhhh.... what have I done?! No worries, I just had to be patient and let it dry. Two coats and my faith was restored in the amazing paint - no sanding, no stripping!
Great! While that's drying, it's time to gather up some craft paint. You will need blue, white and black and some paint medium. If you don't have these supplies i always suggest purchasing from your local independent store - I always support local businesses when we can! In Ottawa, I suggest Wallack's.
The next step is creating the background. You can do this by using your blue paint, blending until you fade into white and let it dry. Next, add some paint medium to your white paint - this will give it a thicker texture. Then make your birch tree shapes, and don't worry, no two trees are alike! The imperfections will make it more natural - go with it! I used an old loyalty card to apply the paint, this gave the trees dimension. Let this dry completely....very important! Next, take a small amount of black paint and add horizontal lines in random places just as you would see on a birch tree.
I applied a top coat of Varathane to give it the table some protection.
Ta da! There you have it!
I promise, the next DIY project will have more pictures to illustrate the steps. I have to admit that when I made the table I wasn't thinking about sharing it but... I LOVE it sooooo much I just had to share!! I look forward to sharing more detailed instructions for the next project. If you decide to do this, we'd love to see your finished projects!