Today's project is this table that I picked up for $20 at a thrift store. The owner got it like this then put a layer of varnish over the top (to keep the ugly in, maybe?). We had to take it apart to get it home so the before picture doesn't have legs, but you get the idea. This is also another of my 12 of 2012 projects.
I got most of my inspiration from Miss Mustard Seed and her explanation of top coats which was very helpful when I was doing this.
I was going to do it Robyn Egg Blue like this one but in the end I realized that Heirloom White would be more versatile. My friend makes fun of me because I paint everything white but I just can't help myself.
I started by sanding the table. I sanded the first half then decided to try to strip the other half. I like the stripping best for this flat surface. It took a lot less time. I still had to sand a layer after stripping, but it still was faster.
When I was finished sanding, I spray painted (Heirloom White by Rustoleum) the legs and around the table under the table top. This picture is on another camera so I'll update it later.
Besides the paint, these are the other products I used. The Valspar antiquing glaze was for the legs, the Minwax products were for the table top.
Here is the table after the paint but before anything else.
This is before the Valsapar antiquing glaze.
To finish it, I stained the top Dark Walnut by Minwax and rubbed on a wax finish, also by Minwax. It is not glossy and I absolutely love it. I splashed some stain on the white paint (so tape off/cover the paint if you do this) so I ended up distressing it slightly.
It goes a lot better with my grandfather clock than the iron/glass set!
This week's project will be redoing the 4 chairs that I found on craigslist. Then I can either sell or give away the iron/glass dining set. Hooray!
And last, but not least, my husband is brilliant. It was our wedding anniversary on the 2nd. We budgeted $50 for dinner but nothing for gifts (we're not really gift people). He brought me home one red rose. Why is he brilliant? He knew that a dozen would bother me rather than make me happy because I think it is a waste of money, but he showed that he remembered by bringing one. Love that man! Happy anniversary, Tom!
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