I really don't enjoy refinishing furniture, but sometimes you just can't paint a piece
My sister gave me this table last summer. You can see that the top was in pretty rough shape.
It was in good shape structurally.
It also had nice legs!
Both leaves (leafs) worked perfectly.
I sanded and sanded and sanded on the top, trying to get out some of the deep gouges.
I used stripper on the legs.
I removed the leaves (leafs) of the table to make sure that I got them stripped and re-stained sufficiently.
I found three chairs at my local DAV (thrift store) for $5.00 each.
I removed the seats and cleaned the chairs with some soap and water. After letting the chairs dry, I wiped them down with some stain, and recovered the seats.
The covers of the feet were pretty rusted, as were the wheels. I asked a friend to sand blast them to get the rust off, I then spray painted them with a primer and then with a hammered finish paint.
After staining the table, I brushed on several coats of polyurethane from Minwax to protect the finish.
I worked really hard on this table, and I was sad to see it go….
I sold it on Craig’s List yesterday to a really nice lady.
She assured me that she would love it and take great care of it.
I was tempted to take the easy way out and paint this table. I am glad that I didn’t, however I do wish I had stained it with a walnut stain instead of the mahogany.
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.