Do you ever feel like that no matter how hard you try, your good intentions never seem to work out? Here’s my story (and I’m sticking to it): my kids need clothes, right? So, I like to hit garage sales to save money, but it somehow never turns out that way. Why is it they have to stick other things in garage sales that would distract you from intended mission? tsk. Seriously. I was only going to look for clothes and then this coffee table just had to be there.
It was only $20 and it begged for new life. And boy, did I have the darndest time getting that thing to fit in the back of my suburban. Those gorgeous legs just didn’t want to fit! I even borrowed the owners drill to try to remove them, but no such doing.
Finally, after flipping it this way and that, I got it to only stick out my hatch. whew! So with my 6 kids and table in tow, I headed home with this coffee table and…yes, I did get clothes. ahem.
The coffee table had been worn pretty well on the top and the finish was flaking off. However, I saw oodles of potential in that gorgeous burled grain. Also, did I forget to mention those curvaceous claw foot Queen Anne legs? They simply looked like they needed to be the star of the show.
First, I brought out my favorite sander to take the old finish off and reveal that stunning grain.
Then, since I had no intention of painting that wood, so I pulled out one of my favorite stains, Early American. You can see my past project using that color in these posts.
After the stain had dried, I used a satin finish poly for the topcoats, and then it was time to tackle the legs and skirt. Since the skirt had damage that had to be repaired, I chose to paint. But, I didn’t just coat it all. Instead I did a whitewash. You can see the detailed explanation to this method as I explained on my own kitchen table.
Last, after applying the whitewash and letting it cure, I used a bit of sandpaper to lightly distress the edges of that woodwork to make it pop.
Here is that forlorn coffee table made new…
Likewise, the top is so lovely and that grain is now showcased in wonderful form.
I’m so happy that this table has found a new home from my shop.
Score for me on the table making it home. And, score that I did end up with some clothes for my children. Ha!
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