Refinish a Table Using Easy Distressing Techniques
Rather that pay lots of cash for a genuine antique table, distress it instead with an easy paint wash technique. Sand the wood gently, paint it with a darker latex satin paint in a warm earthy shade. Rub some wax from a candle over areas that get handled, and paint a complementary lighter color of paint over top. Gently wipe down and distress lightly. Finish the table with clear paint or stain. For another easy vintage distress tip, mix some water and white paint to create a “wash,” then brush while distressing wood with swipes from a paper towel.
Make a Vintage Styled Rustic Coffee Table Using Authentic Materials
Creative individuals have handmade these tables for centuries using authentic materials like a sliced tree ring for the round table top. Attach it to a metal wash basin, wooden barrel, wood crate or storage platform. Some have crafted tables by using only 2 X 4’s to make a simple rectangular design with X’s at ends and glass for the top. It is relatively easy to fashion a farmhouse style coffee table from an old weathered door and appropriate table legs. Other material choices that make excellent tables include chicken coops, reclaimed wood slabs and natural or faux stones like quartz, marble or limestone top options. Wicker, bamboo and other natural woodsy materials not only look beautiful, they are good for the environment.