Wednesday, February 16, 2011

End Table Redo...

Usually my projects have more to do with a sewing machine than power tools, but this week has been the exception. Several months ago I bought a cute chunky end table at a thrift store, and I've been waiting for it to warm up a little to refinish it. I found it for $22 at a flea market in town. That was more than I would have liked to have spent. I'm cheap when it comes to used furniture, but it was solid maple with cute lines and curves, so I bought it anyway. Here's what it looked like when the purchase was made... (Try to ignore that "awesome" burgundy paint glopped on the top.)

The first order of business was to strip the stain, varnish and that awful burgundy paint off -- get 'er down to her birthday suit so to speak. Errr. Anyway, I had heard about a company in town that strips furniture. You take your item into the store, and the gentleman puts it into a big vat of nuclear waste paint and varnish remover. The paint remover sloshes around the item for awhile and when it comes out it is as clean as a whistle. It was worth every penny ($35). A (very) light sanding and she was ready to paint...

I sat around looking at that little table for the last couple of weeks trying to figure out how to paint it. I finally decided to paint it black. I love how black paint shows off the details of wood and how it shows up beautifully next to a lighter wall. Here's the new and improved chunky-monkey end table. 

I bought the paint at Home Depot and used a brush and sponge roller. This grayish-black concoction is a Martha Stewart paint, called "Francesca."  Love this paint. It covers beautifully and the color is so rich! 

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