If you've been following me for awhile now, you've probably picked up on the fact that I have a style that I usually trend towards. Stained tops, distressed edges...that's me! I think most people tend to fall into a pattern for several reasons. For me, it's because 1) I happen to be a fan of that style and I'm not going to create a piece that I don't like and 2) I know it's popular and it sells. However, every now and then, it's good to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. And that's just what I did this week. I teamed up with an office furniture company, Relic Furniture Gallery, to transform one of their dated Butlers Table into something a bit more modern and up to date.
This coffee table had been sitting on their showroom floor for quite some time, getting little interest. We worked together to come up with a style that would give this traditional piece a modern look.
And when it comes to modern, you can't get much more hip than black and gold...so that's the path we took!
I started by priming the piece with Kilz to give it an even surface that the lacquer and paint would adhere to.
Next came the black lacquer. Although I love the way lacquer looks, I don't find myself using it often. It's tricky to get a smooth, even finish, and more often than not I find myself frustrated and deserting the piece halfway through. However, if you're going to venture out there and try using it, check out my white lacquer dresser for a full step-by-step process on how to use it.
The last step, and in my opinion, the part that really transformed this table into a unique piece, was the gold painted top. For this step I used Gold Rush, part of the Metallic Paint Collection by Modern Masters. If you haven't yet checked out any of their products, get on it! They have an awesome selection of unique products including metallic paints and plasters. I sealed the top with a high-gloss poly to give it extra protection. Here is how the table turned out.
I think the combination of a modern finish on a traditional piece makes it even more versatile.
I think it would still have been a great piece if it was solid black, but the gold top gives it an unexpected feature.
When applying the gold top, I alternated directions in which way I brushed on the paint for each layer. It almost gives it an ever so slightly basket weave pattern.
The directions say to use up to four coats. I'm not sure how many coats I ended up with, but I definitely exceeded that amount. However I kept my coats very thin.
Overall, this was a great project, and it felt good to try something new. It's always fun to play around with new styles and products, and even more fun when you're happy with the results!
Saturday: Life on Lakeshore Drive