Thursday, July 21, 2011

Table Rehab Take 2

Here we have a $6.00 Goodwill monstrosity. It's in terrible shape and the top is completely detached from the rest of the table. Not to mention the completely dated finish. But I could tell that it had potential. It had some nice details which just needed a bit of TLC to bring out.

See the "nails" in the top?

 I used my new power sander to strip off as much of the finish as possible. It took a long time, and wore through a LOT of sandpaper and still it wasn't completely stripped. Unfortunately I guess I forgot to take a picture post-sanding, but it's not actually that interesting. I couldn't use the power sander on the curved legs, so I just roughed it up by hand and didn't worry about removing the finish altogether.

Then I used wood filler to fill in some of the bigger gouges and divots. I wanted a distressed look though (and was not convinced I'd be able to get away with any other look) so I wasn't too meticulous with this step. Then I primed it and painted it with the same light seafoam as my first table. What can I say, I had a lot left over. Turns out one sample jar is more than enough for a project of this size.

After the two coats were dry, I painted the inlaid bits on the sides and drawer with a teal shade that looks great with the lighter green. I used painter's tape, and found that if I pressed it down really well on the edges, I didn't need to use the perfect paint line trick that's floating around the interwebs. It just required the slightest bit of touch up after I removed the tape and the paint dried.

You can already see the detail on the top better than before! When the paint was dry, I reattached the top. I had to use slightly larger screws than were there before to ensure a tight fit, but it definitely feels secure now.

Then I applied antiquing glaze very generously to create some contrast in the cracks and imperfections, and of course to bring out that faux nail/plank detail. After I made sure the glaze was in all the nooks and crannies, I used a damp rag to distribute it better and achieve a weathered effect. I definitely used a heavier hand with the glaze for this project than the last one. I then sanded down the corners and edges a bit, but in retrospect, I should have done this before glazing, because I had to touch up the glaze where the sanding sponge rubbed it off a bit.

Now look how clear those details are!I had planned to hammer in some decorative clavos (antique looking iron nail heads) but now that it's antiqued, I think I'll leave it as is. It'll save some money too!

Last thing I did was add some paste finishing wax and buff it to a satiny finish.

It's a pretty far cry from how it started out, isn't it? It's serving as my new TV stand, but it's not perfect there because the shape and size make it a bit awkward for a corner. I don't know where it will end up, but I'm pretty proud of it. I still have to line the drawer (which I kept the original hardware for) but I'm in no hurry.

And just for shits and giggles, let's see before and after next to each other:


  1. Wow, what a transformation!!! Love the end product, I think you chose beautiful colors! Love your blog and now following! Maybe you'll have time to visit my blog:)


  2. OMG, can't believe about this change!!!Super amazing,great craft work!