Do you find that when the weather warms up and the sun is shining that you have more energy to complete all those projects you've been putting off? I do. I spent most of the weekend getting my yard and flower beds in shape for the summer, but I still squeezed in time to give my coffee table a new look.
Here is a reminder of what the table looked like before.
This project was quick, easy and cheap, cheap, cheap! A single tube of Rub 'n Buff in Antique Gold, just a couple of dollars at Michaels, and a paint brush were the only supplies necessary.
The directions on the the Rub 'n Buff package say that it can be applied with your finger, but I've tried this way and it makes a big ol' mess. I used a small brush with slightly stiff bristles and it made the application nice and even. Using a brush also allows you to get into all the nooks and crannies. The brush, which I forgot to take a photo of, gets pretty much destroyed in the process, so if you plan to use this product you won't want to buy an expensive brush. A little goes a long way with this product, just apply a small dot directly to your brush and smooth it on to the surface of your piece.
Table before touch-ups
The look I was going for was similar to the one on the small table you see in the background, a matte gold with a brown undertone. Initially I thought the finish was a bit too yellow gold and contacted my blogging friend Roeshel from The DIY Show Off. Roeshel recommended Rust XO paint in Antique Gold. It can be found at True Value. Roeshel used this particular paint for a DIY Jewelry Tree project and said it has the brown undertone I was looking for but the finish is more like a semi-gloss. Hmmm, what to do, what to do.
Roeshel's Project using the paint from True Value.
Ultimately, I decided to live with the table for a few days to see if the finish would grown on me before trying anything else. It is starting to grow on me already and a few accessories could only make it better. Here's one last look.