DIY: Panel Door Coffee Table

So this weekend I hit up the local Flea Market.  I absolutely love the Flea Market.  They have everything from antiques to store surplus. I always manage to find at least one cool item that I can flip.  This weekend I did a fairly decent sized haul and one of the things I picked up was a wooden panel door.  I had been looking for an item to make a new coffee table with and this seemed perfect. 


The first thing I did was section the door into three panels. One section for the coffee table top and two panels to serve as the “legs” of the table.



Next, did a light sanding.  The door was bare to begin with, so only little prep work was required.  After I sanded down the sections, I used a semi-solid interior stain in “Charcoal Grey”.



Once the stain was fully dried, I painted over the stain with a white chalk paint. When you paint over the stain you should expect “bleed through”. Don’t be worried this is expected and is what should occur for this look to be achieved. This is how you get that imperfect, distressed look.


Once the paint was fully dried, I assembled the table.


After the table was assembled, I took some steel wool and began to distress.  When you distress wood, there is no right or wrong.  It is all personal preference.

After I had distressed the wood, I dry brushed light teal paint onto the table using the “Dip & Wipe” technique. To do this, you need to first dip just the tip of the paint brush in paint.  You do not need to put a lot of paint on the brush.  After dipping the brush, you then wipe the paint off on a rag. Once the paint has been wiped so that there is only a small amount of the tips of the bristles, use a pendulum motion to brush the paint onto the surface.  The paint strokes should be long and light.  You should not be putting a lot of pressure onto the brush.



Once, I had achieved the desired amount of teal, I let it dry fully and then I went in one more time with the steel wool and really distressed the table.  I put a lot of focus on the panel edges. When I was done, I dry brushed some white chalk paint over some over saturated teal paint spots.


Finally, I sprayed down the table with a clear finish.

I let the table dry fully and now it is in my living room! I think it is wonderfully unique piece and makes for a great design element in the room.  The color and distressed look goes well with the room.


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