Thursday, April 28, 2011

Oh-so-pretty table!

Last week was my first post on my new blog. I posted about a lovely demi-lune table I purchased from a gentleman through Kijiji. This week, I'm posting about another table I purchased from him at the same time. He very kindly sold me BOTH these tables for a grand total of $30.00! So THANK YOU Mr. Bob! Hope you like what I've done with your old treasures. This oval table had been given to his wife by her aunt many, many years ago. I LOVE to know the "stories" behind my new-old-things, don't you? Now this little beauty needed a LOT of thought and elbow grease. This is what she looked like when I started; her top was badly split, the wood was cracked in several places.

So I started with Gorilla Glue and a prayer!

So that worked! Then I filled uneven edges with a LOT of wood filler.
Then I stripped the old finish off the top, sanded, and stained with Minwax Vermont Maple water based stain. Then I sanded the edges...a try to get a smooth finish.

Then I covered the newly stained top so I could apply Zinsser Bin Primer and Rustoleum Painter's Touch Heirloom White Satin Paint.

Okay, so I didn't tape well enough. ACK! I'm still very new to all this, can you tell?

Mineral Spirits, lots of TIME, and Q-tips helped me even out the edges.

So, here she is all finished...

...and here's a closeup of the glazed finish. I mixed a little black acrylic paint with Benjamin Moore Aqua Glaze, then applied a coating of Minwax Polycrylic for protection, and finally, three coats of clear paste wax. I sanded little sections for a more vintage can see that if you click on the last picture...may even do a little more sanding yet...I'm just TICKLED PINK with her! When I see how a piece can go from that to this, I'm hopelessly addicted to doing more!
Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today. I'm linking to some parties today too.
House of Hepworths Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
DIY Project Parade Momma's Kind of Crafty Friday's Unfold Stuff and Nonsense Feature Yourself Friday Amaze Me Monday Simply Creations Friday Link Party #5 Transformation Thursday Inspiration Friday at The Picket Fence Feathered Nest Friday Simply Designing Friday Donna's Home Decor Party at Funky Junk Vintage Inspiration Friday White Wednesday (# 97) Power of Paint (# 70) 100 ideas under 100 dollars Finding Fabulous for Less Remodelaholic # 69 Friday Redoux Sunday Showcase Thrifty Finds Table Top Tuesday Nifty Thrifty Tuesday (# 61) Twice Owned Tuesday's Trash to Treasure

Now before you leave, please have a look at this wonderful blog for the chance of a giveaway of BEAUTIFUL watercolour prints by artist Barbara Rosenzweig!

Friday, April 22, 2011

First post on my new blog!

Here's a sad looking orphaned little table I purchased from a lovely gentleman on Kijiji...for a whole ten dollars...before and after pics to follow.

I used a little Gorilla Glue and clamps for a couple of hours... MUCH sturdier now!

I stripped the top with Minwax Paint and Varnish Remover...nice quickly! Then I sanded lightly, and stained it with three coats of Minwax Vermont Maple waterbased wood stain...such BEAUTIFUL grain.

I primed with Zinsser Spray Bin, then painted with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Blue Ocean Breeze (also a spray). After distressing with Benjamin Moore Clear Glaze mixed with a little black acrylic paint, I sealed everything with Minwax Polycrylic satin.

Here's a closeup of all her chippy goodness.

I was so happy with the way this little table turned out that I decided to apply the same finish to a set of frames that hold pencil sketches I picked up in Paris last year. These are already on the wall; not sure whether they show up well here. Now this little table and the set of frames are all in my guest bathroom...looking OH-so-pretty!

Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by my brand new blog today!
I'm linking to the following parties; there's SO much to remember, hoping I'm doing it correctly:

Swing into Spring # 14

Funky Junk Interiors

Stuff and Nonsense

Furniture Feature Fridays
Transformation Thursday

Boogieboard Cottage