Here’s a quick before-and-after tutorial of a sofa table I scooped up for $30 (bargained down from $50). There were a few scratches, but nothing a little paint and elbow grease couldn’t take care of.
DIY Grain Sack Stripe Table
A few before photos
I love the claw feet
PROGRESS Grain Sack Stripe
First, I sanded the top down to level out some of the deep scratches.
Then, I used some painters tape to setup a grain sack stripe pattern. One big stripe flanked with two smaller stripes. Then I painted it with shutter gray milk paint.
Originally, I hoped to leave the wood as-is and just add a grain sack stripe. I wanted to cover the natural wood color with a liming wax that would give it a sun-bleached look. But after trying, it didn’t have the effect I hoped. I think it works better with raw wood, so either I’d have to sand the heck out of this, or paint it.
This looked pretty good, so I didn’t want to paint over it and start over. So, I painted white around the stripes.
BLACK AND WHITE
I let the white milk paint dry, then lightly sanded the whole top to distress it.
I waxed the top with that liming wax, and it basically looks like a clear wax.
I painted the bottom black, sanded it to bring out the details in the wood, and sealed that with a dark brown antiquing wax.
So here’s the finished product!
This style of table is great for an entryway or behind a sofa if the back of the sofa if facing out (not against a wall)
Going up for sale soon 😉