Side Table Makeover

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any refinished furniture, but in actuality I’ve been working on some in the background.

This was a side table I picked up for $10.

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I had planned to put a clock face on the top of it, so the round shape was perfect – and look at those brass leg bottoms.

This table tricked me though – I thought the top was wood – as in solid wood – but as I sanded it down, I found it was just a wood veneer.

Don’t you hate when that happens!

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The side table makeover I had planned was to paint it in an off-white and then just have the rim around the edge in a dark stain,

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but as I was trying to lay out the clock face and size etc – I became frustrated.

The last clock piece I did I used a projector to project the image onto the piece and then just traced it and filled it in.

With this one, I was trying to lay out pieces to maximize the space and… well, I just didn’t have the patience.

Sand ‘er down again.

This is when veneer becomes a problem.  In order to stain the wood, you have to get all the previous paint and varnish off and start with a clean base.  Veneer is very thin, so when you sand this, you have to be SO careful not to go down too low.  There’s no stop gauge on the table or the sander to tell you when you’ve gone too far though.  It’s more of a “oh shit!” kind of technique.

Yup – I have a couple of “Oh shit!” marks on this table.

I used Minwax Pre-Stain Conditioner on the newly sanded surface, and then I did 2 coats of Dark Walnut to try to hide where the veneer had been sanded too low.

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You can see at the edges of the table where the wood is blonder than in the centre.

Nothing to do but keep going, so three coats of varnish later and the side table makeover is complete!
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It’s so much better than the $10 version I started out with.

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If you place your Spring flowers “just so”, you can take all attention away from any little boo boos.

Overall I’m pretty pleased.

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BUT, I will monitor for veneer (vs. wood) much more thoroughly going forward.

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Have a great one!

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5 Comments

  1. Mary Keetch June 9, 2015 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Bravo Shelly. Nice job. Love reading your blog. Great projects and I get such a kick out of reading the how to. Thanks for sharing.

    • Shelly @ 100Things2Do.ca June 9, 2015 at 7:01 am - Reply

      Thank YOU for following along – have a wonderful and very happy birthday!

    • Shelly @ 100Things2Do.ca June 15, 2015 at 11:25 am - Reply

      Mary, you are always so kind and supportive. I’ll have to cave and do a video blog one day so you can see the ‘real’ how to – there is more than a bit of swearing going on for most of them. lol

  2. Lanita Anderson June 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    I love how the table turned out, despite your “boo boos” and your frustrations! Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Lanita

    • Shelly @ 100Things2Do.ca June 15, 2015 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Thanks Lanita, for taking the time to comment. Sometimes the boo boos are hard to show. I want everyone to think I get this stuff right on the first try – but then reality strikes and I decide it’s better to be honest than pretentious.

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