Gray Washed World Market Coffee Table Makeover
I have seen a lot of World Market furniture via Pinterest and other social media sites and was totally bummed out that there wasn’t a store in Massachusetts. Then one day I saw a picture of the Property Brothers on Instagram at the grand-opening of a World Market store in Framingham, Massachusetts, and I was so excited! Finally, I could check out what all the hype was about. Road trip time!
So I loaded up the kiddos and headed down there. Sure enough there was beautiful housewares as far as the eye could see…and the prices were affordable! But I haven’t had any reason to purchase a piece of furniture from there…until now.
We have lived without a coffee table in the family room for a while now, because of safety reasons with our two-year-old son. But now he is older and we are not as worried about major head injuries, so we decided to purchase a new coffee table to finish the space. When I found this Cameron coffee table from World Market, I new it could work in the space. I really like that it had room for storage baskets underneath. Also the price was right at $229.99.
When I brought the coffee table home and assembled it, I realized I wasn’t crazy about some of the reddish-tones in the wood. So I decided to tone-it-down with a gray-wash. I had some left-over Annie Sloan chalk paint in French Linen from this project and I decided to try it out on the table.
The process of a paint wash couldn’t be any simpler, I just added some water to the chalk paint until it was pretty liquidy in consistency (not an exact science), brushed it on the table in sections with a paint brush, and the immediately wiped it off with paper towels. I really tried to work the paint into the grain of the wood when I was wiping it off. Then I repeated the process to any areas of the wood that were particularly red-toned. Finally, I finished the table off with a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear wax.
I think the gray tones work better in the room with the paint color and the colors in the rug. Also, I like how the black hardware on the table works with the lantern light fixture.
I am really pleased with how the table turned out, and it just goes to show that with a little paint and some elbow grease, you can transform a piece to fit your space and the look you are going for.
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