I was searching for a table I could add some jazz to for my daughter as she goes off to college this fall. Her studio has just enough room for a small table. I saw this table posted, and although it needed some underside repairs, the price was right, and I knew I could do something cool. I've worked with these tables before (that come unfinished), & to be honest, they aren't my favorite to work with. The wood is hard, & nothing really absorbs into them (even gel stain is a struggle). After trying a few penetrating stains, I ended up getting Fusion's Driftwood Stain & Finishing Oil in One to work. I knew I wanted to paint the bottom a dark color, but wanted it to be rustic, because she has a huge dog that I knew wouldn't be gentle. I ended up alternating layers of Fusion Mineral Paint Champness, GF Driftwood, & FMP Ash, sealing the bottom with GF High Performance Gloss. I loved the bottom, but it didn't look quite right with the top, so I added a thick layer of GF Black Gel Stain over the Driftwood Stain, and LOVED it. I then used 2 coats of FMP Stain & Finishing Oil in Natural to keep that black & driftwood mix.
Because my daughter is sassy, with a style all of her own, I wanted to pair it with something equally as sassy. This iCanvas by Scott Rohlf's, titled "Never Lose Hope," was perfect. It's dramatic & moody - just like my teenager!