May 8, 2019

Farmhouse Coffee Table Upcycle & St. Paul's-Outside-the-Walls, Rome

The Apostle Paul lies entombed beneath the alter of this giant basillica in Rome. ⛪️ This church is about two miles from his martyrdom site, which we were also able to tour. ✝️ This site is extremely busy with pilgrims and tourists, bustling with persons from all over the globe.

The church interior is expansive and ornate, with golden mosaics being the overarching theme.  🌟 

But pilgrims have come from all over the world come for one thing. To visit the crypt, located beneath the alter, where one corner of St Paul’s sarcophagus is visible. 💀Chains from the prison are also displayed.  The apostle burial sites are one of my favorite parts of Roma! 

 This week's project turned out so beautifully, that I cannot wait to share it! It's the perfect upcycle for an old oak coffee table. The finished color is absolutely dreamy.


  • Refinished Wood- This was Oak
  • Sandpaper (80 grit) and Palm Sander or Liquid Stripper, like Citristrip
  • Weatherwood Varnish
  • Sponge Brush/Rags


If your wood is brand new, jump to number 2!] On this job, the red cedar ceiling has already stained with a white wash oil stain, but not a cool 2016 white wash, instead it was a dated 80's white wash. You can check it below. When the wood for this project had an existing finish on it, you should sand or strip it. Either use sand it with a low grit sandpaper like 80 grit and a palm sander. Or you can use a liquid/gel stripper like Citristrip to remove the existing finish.

Once the wood has been stripped or sanded back down to raw, you can stain it using Weatherwood Stain's Salvage stain. Just brush onto the sanded wood and watch the magic happen. You will get a mixture of browns and grey tones, like this oak.


Use Weatherwood Stain's White Maintenance Oil to add a beautiful white washed patina. You can see the a piece of wood in the video below, where I added the White Oil patina. This look is extremely popular right now and very beautiful. To use the Maintenance Oil, simply wipe or brush the Oil on, wait 5-7 minutes, and then wipe it back off. You can see below, it highlights the grain rather than diminishing it. It just adds that sun-kissed pop!

4.] PROTECT: Allow for the Maintenance Oil to cure. Then seal the table with 2-3 coats of Weatherwash Varnish.

5.] PAINT: Paint the base with your favorite chalky style paint, like Pearl Coatings 1 Step Furniture Paint.

Don't forget you can save 10% on all Weatherwood purchases with code: WELCOME10. I hope to see you tomorrow at our party! 

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