Another Kijiji find, this round side table makeover was about as easy as they come. Sand, stain, seal and enjoy!
Are you sick of my endless side table makeovers?
When it comes to finding a round side table to sit between our two lazyboys, I am.
It has been so hard to find a side table that was wood, round, of the right height and large enough to hold tea, books, glasses, remotes etc. I thought I had a winner with this round side table makeover a few months back, but the table ended up being too small to hold my mess, so I wanted/needed something bigger.
Ideally, something with a shelf that I could tuck a blanket on…
On first look you might not think this is perfect, but it kinda is.
I think I paid $30 for it – which is on the high end for something with this much damage – but again, the measurements made what I wanted pretty tough to find.
So I splurged. 😂
My assumption was that this table is likely MDF or cheap plywood with a pretty veneer applied.
Which was true, but also meant that I had already resigned myself to removing the veneer to apply a new one because generally sanding goes through veneer pretty quickly.
I started sanding with my random orbit sander and 120 grit sandpaper to see:
Unbelievably I was able to sand the top completely clean WITHOUT going through the veneer!! Woohoo!!
Not to push my luck, but I did smooth it out with a 220 grit to get a buttery finish.
I didn’t want to tackle the round carcass of the table because there was no doubt that I’d break through the veneer here. Knowing that I was going to stain it in a weathered wood finish, I decided to leave that section as-was and see if I could get a decent match – or at least a nice contrast.
After one coat of Rust-Oleum’s Aged Wood Accelerator I could see a match wasn’t happening.
Plan B – I still have gallons of solid stain in Benjamin Moore’s Black beauty, so I decided to go with a two-tone finish.
I scrubbed the brass (which I didn’t even know what there when I bought it) and then coated the legs and carcass in black. I sealed the top with two coats of Varathane Triple-thick in satin – sanding with 320 grit sandpaper between coats.
You may have noticed that the lower shelf isn’t holding blankets like I’d planned…
Yes, Miss Cricket claimed the spot as her own and was getting my blanket all covered in hair – so I moved her cat bed up to make us both happy.
This one ended up being so much less work than I anticipated – sand, stain, seal and done! Thank heaven for little miracles.
Holds everything I need – glasses, remote, coasters and mugs, phone, skin cream (all not pictured here – but are my reality lol)… oh! and a kitten.
Yes, the staging only goes about 3′ past the object I’m photographing. The rest of the room has blankets and laundry baskets. 🤦🏻♀️
And a really nice side table. ♥️
Have a great one!