This country-style table is both pretty and practical thanks to a clutter-concealing skirt attached with hook-and-loop tape. To get this weathered look, follow our step-by-step instructions.
- Unfinished wood coffee table
- Satin-finish latex paint (we used Sherwin Williams 6321 Red Bay and 6221 Moody Blue)
- Light-color candle
- 100-grit sandpaper
- 1 yard of 54-inch-wide fabric (cut into four panels, two 48 x 6 inches and two 21 x 16 inches)
- Sewing machine and thread
- Adhesive-backed hook-and-loop tape
- Protect your work surface with newspapers or a drop cloth.
- Remove drawers from table.
- For the distressed finish, paint the table using a red latex paint (we used Sherwin-Williams SW6321 Red Bay) and let dry. Wax all edges and flat surfaces with a candle. The wax will allow to next coat of paint to be sanded off more easily. Paint the table using a blue satin latex paint (we used Sherwin-Williams SW6221 Moody blue) and let dry.
- Sand desired areas with an 80- to 100-grit sanding block or sand paper to allow red hue to show through. Pay special attention to the edges where normal wear would happen. Sand more, or less -- the choice is yours! Wipe clean with a tack cloth.
- If desired, seal the table with two or three coats of a clear, non-yellowing, water-based acrylic.
- To make the skirt panels, cut two 10-1/2-x-54-inch and two 10-1/2-x-22-inch pieces of decorator fabric.
- Hem all sides using 1/2-inch seam allowance.
- Using a gathering stitch (the setting with the least number of stitches per inch on your sewing machine), sew two rows of gathering about 1/4 inch apart at the top of each panel.
- Pull threads to gather to fit each opening on the table.
- Purchase hook-and-loop tape with one soft sewable side and one adhesive side.
- Sew the soft side of the hook-and-loop tape to the top of each panel.
- Secure the adhesive side of the hook-and-loop tape to the table just above each opening.
- Attach all panels.
For a finish that's even more distressed, coat the table with a clear sealer before painting the red coat. Use a coarser-grit sandpaper and sand through the red coat to expose the table's wood tone.
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