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Sofa table updated in an afternoon, really


The sofa table was really shiny so I decided to lightly sand the whole thing.  The shabby paints that I use usually stick to everything but I wanted to make sure that I had a good surface for it to adhere to.  Shabby Paints.comstep2sofatable


I painted the whole top with Marine Blue and the legs with Cali Taupe.  Shabby Paints dry fast.  It dried within 30 minutes! REALLY…so I recoated it 30 minutes later.



I randomly taped off the whole top with 3M, safe-release tape that I bought at Lowe’s.  I then used various colors of Shabby Paints to fill in on the top to make my patterns.  I always peal away the tape immediately after painting to reveal my design. I sanded off some of the paints to reveal some of the wood underneath and give it a distressed look.
I applied one coat of clear Sabby Paint Vax sealer.  I waited an hour to dry and applied a coat of Re-Vax in black to give it an antiqued appearance. (yes, that is my unmade bed in the background.  Don’t judge me!



Sofa table gets whimsical

Two coats of Shabby Paints chalk paint covers nicely

After lightly sanding the whole piece (the manufacture of the paint said that it was not necessary but I do it to reassure adhesion ) , I applied two coats of Shabby Paints.  I used Marine Blue on the top and Cali Taupe on the bottom. I love this chalk paint because I only had to wait 30 minutes of drying time between each coat. I recommend that you use one of the round chalk paint brushes to apply the paint because it holds the paint better glides on smoother.  I put a giant tablespoon of paint on a paper plate and worked off of the paper plate.  This kept me from drying out the jar of paint.  Wet your brush before you start painting.  The paint will glide on and go further.


After the two coast were dry,   I taped off the whole top with painters tape.  It was just a random pattern. Nothing fancy and no measuring for me. I then painted the exposed patches different colors (Cali Taupe, Vintage Glass, and Snow white) I pealed off the painters tape immediately to reveal my pattern. I lightly sanded the top to get it smooth and then I  distressed my whole piece.  I sanded the edges and some surfaces to reveal the wood underneath.
I finished the piece by applying one coat of clear Vax (Shabby paint brand sealer) and 30 minutes later I applied a coat of black ReVax .  You can use two coats of the clear but I wanted my piece to have an older, antiqued appearance So I used the Revax for the second coat.  You apply this with a wet sponge…easy peasy!  Can you believe that I finished this all in a day.  Its why I love Shabby Paints!