Hello amazing friends! Today I am sharing a project that is long overdue. For my last craft market way back in 2013 (it was a sea of cottage white but you can see it HERE), my Mom decided to paint several pieces to sell too. She sold most of what she painted except for a few tables. One of the pieces was a quirky antique table. After it didn’t sell at the market, she put it up in her attic.
About a year later, she was cleaning up there and asked if I wanted to take the table and do something with it. Hmm…antique table + FREE = of course I took it. I immediately decided I wanted to sand the top and stain it, and the legs had a few places where they were starting to separate, so I sanded the top most of the way and filled those areas on the legs in with wood filler.
And then there it sat for the next two years looking like this:
I ended up stacking all kinds of crap on top of it. Then a leak added a little more “character” to the top.
I almost wanted to just donate the goofy thing to the thrift store, but I was determined that it was not going to get the better of me.
And so I finished it…
The first thing I did when I pulled it back out was remove the wheels. It was awkwardly tall with them. I have included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I used.
The color I used on the legs is my new found Sunken Pool by Behr. It is so light and breezy! Of course I made it into DIY chalk paint, AND I made a quick two-minute video so you can see how easy it is to make your own!
I’m a visual learner so I like to see how something works in action and I thought y’all might be like that too!
The top had paint stuck in the grooves and I didn’t want to risk messing up the detailed edges by sanding, so I used Citristrip Gel to remove the paint.
That stuff is awesome and has no harmful fumes. I used a plastic scraper to get the paint out of the grooves, then wiped the entire surface down with mineral spirits.
Then I applied a coat of wood conditioner to the top so the wood would take the stain evenly. I followed it up with two coats of Minwax Dark Walnut stain. I apply all my products with a clean soft cotton cloth that I buy in bulk at Lowes. After the stain was completely dry, I sealed it with three coats of Minwax Wipe-on Poly in a satin finish, sanding between each coat with 320 grit sandpaper.
The results are really pretty…
I was able to sand away the ugly water stain as well.
I sealed the legs with Annie Sloan’s white wax. It is great for highlighting details on pieces like the legs on this table:
It dries almost clear on the flat areas of lighter painted pieces, at least it did for me since I really buff the wax in.
This is such a cute side table now, and I’m so glad I didn’t donate it!
Do you ever have projects that almost get the better of you? There are probably a couple more projects like that buried in my garage ha ha. But sometimes walking away for a bit does help, just don’t take two years to get back to it!
Hope you enjoyed this makeover as much as I enjoyed getting it out of my garage!
Another table of my Mom’s that didn’t sell was this one:
See how I changed it up HERE!
I’ll meet y’all back here on Tuesday bright and early. I’ll be sharing how I finished this unfinished table:
(It also came out of my Mom’s attic…it’s a treasure trove up there!)
UPDATE: See how this unfinished table looks now HERE!
Have a great weekend! 🙂
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