Monday, February 8, 2010

A little table.

Happy Monday!

I found this little end table at the thrift store months and months ago.  It was a cute shape, but the finish was bad. It was only $5, though, and it didn't seem like it would take much to make it look good.

 I thought I'd be able to sand off the old finish, but it only took a minute with my electric sander to see this wouldn't be the case.   It had some kind of super thick, glossy lacquer that was scratched up, especially on the top.

I knew this top coat stuff had to go if this was going to look decent.  So, I went and bought some spray stripper.  I have never stripped anything before and spray seemed like an easy, safe way to go.  I just sprayed it on, waited 15 minutes, and then scraped it off. 

Here's the pile of gooey stuff I got off of it. 

It was looking much better after this, but I still did some sanding to smooth it out.

Then, I sprayed it with some gray primer.

And then sprayed on some red....

Then, I took my trusty dark walnut stain and brushed on some stain and wiped it off.  I would really like to move on to using glaze for this type of thing, but I don't have any.  I'll someday justify the spending of money to get some, but it's hard when my little can of stain works just fine, ya know?

Viola!  A little red end table.   I still need to get a handle for it, but I just haven't gotten to the store to find one that will fit the holes.  Just imagine whatever handle you think would look best. :)




  1. What a cute little table!! I love the color - good job!!!

  2. Hannah,
    $5.00..that is awesome! You must have been smiling the whole ride home:)
    I love the red! Awesome.

  3. Oh I like! Those legs are awesome. I have never tried spray stripper but I think I will have to give it a shot.

  4. Red is my color... this table is fabulous! Love it!

  5. So much more up to date now! I love it and i love red!
    Great job.


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