SUPER Distressed French Coffee Table

Thursday, October 3, 2013 -

I've been having a streak of good luck on Craigslist the past little while. The past three days, I have driven to the same neighborhood, 45 minutes away, to pick up different pieces. Different owners (one was technically a church), but all good stuff.

My first score was this awesome, faux-leather (or "Fleather") top coffee table.

 I fell in love with the legs immediately.

 To protect the edges of the "feather" I used some Frog Tape.

I wanted to try something different. I wanted a warm neutral (kinda had the tuscan-mediterainian thought process). And I wanted to keep the "fleather".

I know it sounds crazy, but do you sometimes like the "during" photo more than the "after"? Okay, I'm probably alone on this one, but I found this photo of a coffee table being stripped and fell in love.

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I just like the texture and character it adds to the piece. I like that it looks "salvaged". I guess that's the theme I was aiming for with my table.

So, I painted everything but the "fleather" with two coats of Omaha Ochre, added some DIY dark wax, and then spent the next 2 hours with water and steel wool scrubbing most of it off. Here's what was left.

I know its not for everyone, but I like it! Here is the "Before and After"

The legs especially remind me of reclaimed handrail balusters.

I'm digging the "old-ness" of it. What do you think? Too much? You can be honest.

Well, if you're like me and you love it, it's available under my Shop tab.

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  1. Holy cow those are pretty legs!! I don't normally like pieces too heavily distressed, but there is something about this piece. It looks so AWESOME! Truly, you are amazingly talented and my arm hurts thinking you scrubbed for two hours!! Consider it pinned Elisha!

  2. love it, like the details on the legs!

  3. Oh my gosh I really love the coffee table. Now that you have this table in your family room, I can now see your vision and how your kitchen table and chairs match the coffee table. good job!

  4. Gorgeous work, Elisha! Love it.

  5. WoW! Looks fABulous to mE too Elisha!

  6. the legs.... the LEGS!!!! So flippin' gorgeous!! The whole thing turned out just lovely. I usually don't like SUPER distressed stuff either, but this is just perfect. Great job!!!

  7. It goes perfectly with those elephants! :)

    Oh, and you'll be so proud...I used a brad nailer for the first time last night. I only got one nail in crooked... :/


  8. It really brings out the detail on the legs! Holy cow, they are beautiful!

  9. Hello Elisha! That table is GORGEOUS!! the legs and scroll work underneath - sigh- beautiful!! Love the distressed white look. You did a great job! Catherine (newest follower of your blogging adventures!) : )

  10. I am in love. I too love this finish as long is it is on a few statement pieces and not everything in a room. Wow it's so beautiful now

  11. Oh I love, love, love it. Such a great piece and the new finish is wonderful. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that will be live this afternoon at 2:30 PT. www. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  12. That table is so cute and I love love that rug!
    I have a giveaway going on and today is the last day to enter, would love for you to check it out!

  13. I love how distressed this is!! Thank you for linking up to the Furniture and Paint Party!!


  14. I love the distressed look. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  15. I love your table, such a beautiful transformation! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  16. I llike distressed look.thanks for sharein blog furniture manufacturers

  17. Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Fidlin' Fridays a few weeks ago! We are back up and running after having our baby and would love to see you again! Linking party for the week is live


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