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Friday, July 6, 2012

Pretty Little Table Top Refinish

So I scored this darling little table before I moved here to the new place, and I knew it had potential, but I didn’t like it in its current state.  I just felt like it was a little too…brown.  It also had a lot of wear and tear on the top surfaces.  It is at least 50 years old, so what do you expect?
"mid-century modern two tiered table", upcycled, "Paint stain", "using paint as stain", "refinishing table"
But I went ahead and put it in my living room, scratches and all, until I had the energy to deal with it. 
"mid-century modern two tiered table", upcycled, "Paint stain", "using paint as stain", "refinishing table"
So on  a whim the other day, I sanded it (with a little help from my friend).  Now I had no choice; I had to follow through with the up-cycle.
"mid-century modern two tiered table", upcycled, "Paint stain", "using paint as stain", "refinishing table"
You can tell in this pic below that someone did not use a coaster.  Tsk tsk.  I only sanded the very top because I wanted to leave the rest in its original state.  For one, it’s just easier that way, and two, I like the bi-color look.
"mid-century modern two tiered table", upcycled, "Paint stain", "using paint as stain", "refinishing table"
I didn’t want to paint it, though, because I wanted the wood-grain to show through.  So I put some paint in the cup (Sherwin Williams’ Green River), and diluted it about 1:1 with water. 
"mid-century modern two tiered table", upcycled, "Paint stain", "using paint as stain", "refinishing table"
My other little friend helped me paint (with the grain of the wood).  I put one sort of thick coat on, and let it soak into the freshly sanded wood.  I didn’t bother taping off the sides, either, because I just wiped them down after I painted.
"mid-century modern two tiered table", upcycled, "Paint stain", "using paint as stain", "refinishing table"
It dries really quickly, so once it was completely dry, I put the polyurethane on it.  I didn’t want a big, thick, gloss on it, though, so I diluted the polyurethane 1:1 with mineral spirits.  Again, I just wiped it off the sides.
"mid-century modern two tiered table", upcycled, "Paint stain", "using paint as stain", "refinishing table"
Then I let it dry, and it took FOREVER because I was so excited about it.
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I took a bazillion pictures of it because it’s kind of in a weird position in the living room, so I wanted you to see it from every.single.vantage.point.  Smile with tongue out
"mid-century modern two tiered table", upcycled, "Paint stain", "using paint as stain", "refinishing table"
I was uncertain if it matched at first, but it’s growing on me more and more. 
"mid-century modern two tiered table", upcycled, "Paint stain", "using paint as stain", "refinishing table"
When Little Bit gets out of his destructive phase, I’ll put a pretty, little lamp on there, but until then, I’ll just keep my granny-doilies on there (only to pick them up twenty times a day).
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Whatcha think?


3 comments :

  1. oh, yeah!! I love your style, girl! :)

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  2. That turned out really nice! The bit of color totally refreshes the look! Nice job!

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