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Before and After: Side Table

July 16, 2011

Waaaaayyyy back in January or February, when I was still in my “I must buy every piece of furniture on Craigslist and redo it” phase, I purchased this sad looking side table from a woman moving out of her apartment.  It cost about $10, and it needed some definite TLC.The shape was what hooked me.  From there, the condition was going downhill.  The top definitely had some junk on it.  It was down to bare wood in some places while others had the original finish.  The original finish may have been pretty at one point, but now, it was just pretty bad.The details were pretty, and I really liked the overall look of the table.  There was no question, though, that I would have to sand it all down and paint it.  No chance for staining with all of those crevices and uneven coloring.

After sanding as much as I could inside my apartment, realizing it was a bad idea, waiting for summer, and then sanding everything else, I primed it with white spray primer and painted it with the Better Homes and Gardens “Mid Winter Sky” blue color from Walmart.

I think we finally have a heartbeat in this piece.Perfection?  Nah, but that’s okay.  It’s much better than the junk it looked like originally!

Next project to tackle:  redoing our TV stand.

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  1. July 19, 2011 7:45 pm

    This goes for painted pieces as well paint was a common finish in the past and the original paint no matter how degraded it may be is vital to the value of some antique pieces……..Your local library and or bookstore is a good place to start your research there are many books on the subject. There are techniques than can sometimes be used to selectively remove layers of paint or finish while leaving the original finish intact. In fact paint can sometimes work to protect an original finish!…………………..

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