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.
There are some other ways to quickly transform an ordinary styled coffee table into a more rustic appearance by adding small but important details. Fashion a wooden top that can be stained, left bare or painted to get an antiqued look. Use some vintage trays in wood, metal, glass or other natural materials. These can be changed or rotated depending on the seasons. Consider the items that are placed onto the coffee table as decorations. Add depth by varying the height of these objects, and group like items such as books, magazines or candle stands. Add a festive cloth, and consider easy-care plants for centerpieces. Try your hand with picture collages under glass for a truly homemade table top selection that conveys a welcoming and warm ambiance everyone will appreciate.
Individuals can get more inspiration by browsing home magazine decorating articles, window shopping furniture stores and looking up crafting sites that offer building patterns for gorgeous rustic coffee type tables. With a little thought and a touch of creativity, anyone can make their coffee table look rustic yet chic.