One piece I completed recently is our living/family room coffee table. I actually grew up with this table. It was in the living room and I remember it fondly, it was still in great shape but the wood had faded and didn't stand out next to our wood floors. Plus, it was a much too formal looking piece than I thought the room needed. Here it is in our garage before I painted it:
I knew I wanted to have a casual, nautical-vibe type look, but I didn't want to use plain white. We have an awesome built-in feature directly across from where the coffee table is and I wasn't sure I would be able to match that exact white and I wasn't sure I actually even wanted that much bright white in the room. So I went with "almost aqua", a super soft blue. It's such a soft bluen that once I added in my homemade chalk paint ingredients it definitely passes as white in the right lighting.
Of course I had to beat it up a little. I just sanded off the paint layer to reveal the darker wood below in random spots. I also used a wet brush to apply the paint on the top so that brush marks would show up and there would be an uneven, more natural look. To finish, I sealed the entire piece with polyuthene.
I love how it came out! Being a nostalgia freak I adore the fact that this table was in all our homes growing up and that now it's getting a new life in mine!
For a little side-by-side comparison: