Beachy Coffee Table

I recently picked up this nice British Traditions pine coffee table… it has great chunky country legs, but it’s not vintage at all. It really is in “as is” usable condition, but it really was just kind of blah if you know what I mean…


I first removed the existing wax coating from the top with mineral spirits, 0000 steel wool and some paper towels and then sanded the top down with 220 grit sandpaper to remove any scratches. I applied a coat of dark walnut finishing oil, which stains and protects the top all in one step… and this is where my “experiment” began…

Instead of waiting the “required” 72 +/- hours for the oil to be absorbed and the top to dry I waited a few hours, wiped the top down with a paper towel and then began painting. The painting process is basically dry brushing on Old White ASCP and once it was dry I used my orbital sander (220 grit paper) and lightly sanded the top… a pretty cool thing happened at this point… instead of the paint coming up it just smeared around on the top because of the still slightly wet oil… this technique made my dry brushing look awesome and toned down the white paint beautifully!

The bottom is just a coat of ASCP Duck Egg, no distressing…

Here it is AFTER


I waited a day and then applied Minwax paste wax to the entire piece and buffed it to a beautiful shine!


I think the top has more of a driftwood appearance than a white wash paint job…


The finished paint technique adds a lot of texture and interest to the top…


And of course I’m a HUGE fan of ASCP Duck Egg blue!

I’m thrilled with how this “experiment” turned out and I will certainly use it again…

This piece has a great Coastal or Beachy Cottage feel and is such a fabulous size!

I hope you all are getting to enjoy this wonderful Fall season!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Until next time…

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  1. Your experiment turned out wonderful. It would not have been an “experiment” with me. It would have been a “goof” turned into an “experiment”. LOL. great job.


  2. Such pretty colors together! Looks great!
    I have almost the same table (mine is rectangular) that I did in a beachy subway art.
    If you get a chance, check it out (go to gallery and scroll down) and let me know what you think. Thx!


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