And I’m back my lovely Friends, with my Tuesday Trash to Treasure Transformation!
I almost didn’t see this library table at yard sale because it had a ton of clothes piled on top of it:
It almost looks like one of my after shots with it being painted already right? That’s what I do…I slap paint on stuff. But if you look closer, you can see this is in really sad shape:
For $20 it was a steal though, so I dragged it home.
This time instead of slapping paint on it, I decided the paint needed to come off…
The previous paint job was just a hot mess, not done very well at all. Besides that wood was too beautiful to be covered…
I used Citri-Strip Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel (affiliate link) to remove the paint. I love this stuff…no harsh smells!
I applied the Citristrip with a brush, and let it sit overnight. You can let it sit for up to 24 hours. The next morning, I used a plastic scraper and it slid right off. It works really great on horizontal surfaces since the Citristrip stays in place. It’s a bit more work on vertical surfaces. I have heard of some who cover the piece with saran wrap to keep it from drying out. I didn’t do that.
After the paint is removed, clean the surface with mineral spirits. I didn’t have any, but my brush cleaner worked great too.
Then I lightly sanded, prepped with Minwax Pre Stain Wood Conditioner (affiliate link), followed by three coats of Minwax Interior Wood Stain in Dark Walnut (affiliate link). I sealed it with two coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly in Clear Satin (affiliate link), sanding very lightly with 300 grit sandpaper before each coat.
I didn’t sand the base like I usually do because I didn’t want the blue to show through. Instead I added dark wax to age it a bit. If you want to dark wax, be sure to clear wax first. If you use too much dark, you can remove some simply by working in more clear wax.
There was originally no hardware on the drawer, so I added this one that I removed from another piece long ago:
Hope you enjoyed this pretty makeover!
But wait…today you get five makeovers for the price of one!
Isn’t it so fun to see a good before and after? Here’s what my treasure hunter friends are making over today!
Click the links below the graphic to take you to each makeover!
If you missed my Christmas Home tour yesterday, you can see it here:
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing my entry table as part of the One Space Three Ways Challenge!
Update: See it here now!
See you then!
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