Back to basics today, Friends, with this simple farmhouse sofa table! I know farmhouse style is still popular because these pieces sell very easily for me. People still want simple neutral furniture pieces, and I don’t blame them.
Let’s face it, not every piece is meant to be a statement. The neutral ones are functional and beautiful in their simplicity, and they help highlight any colorful “wow” pieces in the room.
Here is how the table originally looked.
I dragged the hubs out thrift shopping shortly after Christmas. That’s a great time for thrifting because people are de-cluttering and donating a lot. We found 3 great pieces at Goodwill, including this sofa table for $15 that already had farmhouse bones.
Before I get ahead of myself, I did the usual prep. No sanding, just cleaning well with White Lightning, a TSP-based cleaner. I also rinsed well with clear water. Then I was ready to jump into the fun part of the makeover.
If you’ve been to my blog before, you know I have stripped and stained plenty of tops. But you also know, it’s a lot of work and time-consuming and not my favorite thing ever. Yes, you get gorgeous grain showing through. But sometimes faux grain is just as good.
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To achieve this look, I painted the top Coffee Bean which is a very dark brown. Then after it dried, I squirted on some Voodoo Gel Stain in Tobacco Road.
Sidenote: Since this is a water-based stain, I can use it right over the paint. All the products in Dixie Belle’s line are water-based, except the No Pain Gel Stain. That means they all work together and clean up easily with soap and water.
Using a cheap chip brush, I spread the Tobacco Road over the Coffee Bean, but leave some gaps in the coverage. I want variation in color, and all the streaks going in the direction of the grain. It’s a simple technique, but it gives a rich look! I also sealed with Gator Hide, a water-resistant sealer, using the blue sponge applicator.
And now for the base.
For the base I chose a warm white color called Sawmill Gravy. This shade of white is a new favorite of mine because it is just so warm without being too yellow. I’d describe the undertone as more brown.
I gave it 2 coats for full coverage, using a synthetic brush. You can use any size or shape brush that is comfortable for you, but I like the 2″ flat brush. Synthetic bristles will flow paint on easily and leave fewer brush strokes than natural bristles.
Since a sofa table can usually be seen from all angles in a room, I painted the back as well.
More Farmhouse Touches
I dry distressed a little with 220-grit sand paper around the edges. I just love how distressing draws your eyes to the details and adds a little charm.
For the hardware, the knob that appeared missing in the “before” picture was inside a drawer. I painted right over the existing porcelain knobs and distressed them as well. That’s another benefit of chalk paint; it adheres to lots of surfaces including porcelain.
By the way, if farmhouse style is your jam, you can click this image and get my free one-page guide to 6 elements of farmhouse style.
You see the clay pot in my staging? It had that patina on it naturally, and I just added part of the Lovely Ledger transfer to it. Cute, right?
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- Sofa table (thrifted)
- White Lightning
- Coffee Bean
- Voodoo Gel Stain in Tobacco Road
- Gator Hide
- Sawmill Gravy
Leave me a comment and let me know how many neutral pieces you typically have in your spaces compared to statement pieces. I’d love to know!