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Wooden Bowl Rice Paper Makeover

  I have found a new favorite rice paper.  Dixie Belle rice decoupage paper  called lovely sonnet. It was the perfect addition to the inside on this large monkey pod wooden bowl.

Natural Wood & White Coffee Table

 I am a big fan of restoring wood where I can and usually I stain medium but lately I have been a big fan of natural wood stain and light colors. They are very refreshing and feel so light and airy in a space.

Here are other natural stain projects I have done.

This solid maple wood made by Vilas Furniture Co came to me with a rusty red painted top.

It was part of a trio. They are so well made I cannot turn down picking them up when I can.

I decided to start with the painted coffee table. I originally tried my carbide scraper but as you can see in lower right corner the paint was too sticky. Using my orbital sander and going slowly thru grits from 60-80-100-120-150 I began to see the gorgeous wood top.

I finished the top with 180 to reveal all the grain.

 Everything was wiped with Fusion TSP Alternative and a bit of dawn mixed in a spray bottle. This allows for a nice clean surface for paint to stick.

To make the grain pop I used my favorite Fusion Stain & Finishing Oil in natural. I like to apply with a blue shop towel. Three coats in total were applied sanding lightly with a sanding sponge between coats after allowing to dry over night.

Before painting the base I used a sanding sponge to scuff the surface then wiped with a damp cloth to remove the dust. Fusion Mineral Paint paint has new colors. I was excited to try cashmere.

Above is the first coat being brushed on and a closeup of the beautiful maple wood it is built from.

Here is the first coat of paint drying, two coats were applied.

And that is it, no dark wax or distressing. For this one I decided to keep it clean and fresh looking.

Are you a fan of this combo?

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video view of the gorgeous grain


  1. You have a lovely set of tables to work on. I love what you did with the coffee table - I'm a huge fan of wood and paint combinations! Pinning!

    1. Thank you Cindy for your kind words, they are very much appreciated!

  2. Just beautiful! I really like the combination. I learn so much reading through your posts each week. #HomeMattersParty

    1. Thank you Donna, your kind comments are greatly appreciated. Thanks for hosting :)


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