Before and After – Coffe Table Chest
Christmas this year was a little different now that we have a baby. So many presents! Crazy. Since we live in an 860 sq. ft. condo, space is always an issue. I’m trying to be very good about rethinking what I bring in, and always having a box to put things in to donate. I’m trying to live more simply. Having a kid makes living simply, well, really difficult!
She acquired a load of toys, and all I was thinking was “Where in the heck are we going to put these?” “Oh no, our living room is going to look like a Gymboree!”
So the search began for a storage chest that could double as a coffee table. There are lots of options out there, but I couldn’t handle the ridiculous price tags. 80 bucks for a wicker chest at Target? Come on people.
Finally I found this beauty on Craigslist. Got it for 40 bucks after waiting about a week for the lazy seller to meet up with my husband. Don’t you hate the wait that is Craigslist? AHH!
I decided to paint it a dark red, distress it oh so slightly, and then put an antiquing glaze on top. I wanted it to resemble something you would pick up at Pottery Barn, but for way cheaper!
So I put about 2-3 coats of the red and let it dry completely. Then I took sand paper and sanded the edges. Some chunks of paint came off here and there, and that was ok with me. I wanted it to look worn – like it had happened over time.
After distressing it, I applied the antiquing glaze. This was my first try with the stuff, and I have to say I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out. I just used an old soft cloth, and applied it in a circular motion. It really gives it a deep, rich tone – and makes mutes everything. I love it! Oh and I bought it at Lowes. It’s the Valspar Antiquing Glaze and it was around 7 bucks…I have almost the whole bottle left too. You don’t use that much.
What do you think? I’m really happy with it! The night I finished it, I went to bed thinking of all the other things I could glaze…my husband might just need to hide the bottle from me!