Coffee Table Part 3: Dye and Finish

Hey....Guess what?!

It's done!

Isn't it beautiful?! M made the top darker, and lightened the legs. It has this beautifully light sheen to it that makes it feel warm and welcoming. Who knew pine could look so amazing?!

And another angle. It changes colors depending on how the light hits it.

This one displays the change of color a little better!

And now, the directions for the finish!

Step 3: Apply Dye and Finish

A. Tools and Materials
  • Paintbrush 
  • 2 Jars
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton rag
  • Fully assembled table
B.Ingredients
  • Glue
  • Dye
    • Transfast Java (water-based dye)
    • Water
  • Shellac Finish
    • Shellac
    • Denatured Alcohol
C. Ratios
  • Dye
    • 1 teaspoon of Transfast Java
    • 1 quart of Water
  • Finish
    • 1 part Shellac
    • 1 part Denatured Alcohol
C. Application

Fill in any gaps and connecting edges with glue. Once dried, apply dye and finish as directed.

  • Table Top
    • Apply dye with a paint brush, let dry. Repeat 2 times for a total of 3 coats
    • Once dye is dry, apply shellac in a circular motion with a cotton ball wrapped in a cotton rag.

  • Legs
    • Apply dye with a paint brush, let dry.
    • Once dye is dry, apply shellac in a circular motion with a cotton ball wrapped in a cotton rag.

This style of furniture is great in smaller apartments, like ours, where we would like furniture that doesn't enclose the space more. An open design such as this gives the feeling of more room and movement, and we will be able to put some baskets underneath for storage purposes if (when) we need it. Plus, the natural wood feel gives a very grounding and natural look, which we are all for!

I am absolutely thrilled how well this turned out!! I look forward to using this piece for years to come! :)

If you have any questions, comments, clarification pointers, please leave a comment below.

Thanks for checking this out, and have a great day!

MC & M


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