I have found a new passion for redoing furniture. I think mainly because I have this sudden urge to redo my entire house, and to be quite honest I just can’t afford to run to Pottery Barn and pick out my favorites! Next best thing: Find things on the side of the road and craigslist and make it look like Pottery barn : )
This is my “new” coffee table I purchased for $15.
[update: after several years, I still love my coffee table. Here is a new picture of it in my living room]
Here is how I did it. Read through the pictures for tips on what I did.
-find ugly/old coffee table with good lines
-if you’re staining it, sand it down, if your painting it, I highly suggest Annie Sloan Paint (I used it on the legs)
-stain/paint where necessary
-rub on some polyeurathane
-stare at it in awe : )
Here is what it originally looked like. I did get a little excited and started sanding before I took my “original” picture so it is partially sanded.
Now, here is a finished view from the top, and I’ll tell you how my sanding got it to look the way it does.
How I did it was, I SUCK at sanding! Basically I pushed and pushed but my cheap little sander wouldn’t get all the old finish off. I was close, but it left a few “patches” and well since I am the world’s most impatient person, I decided I would just go ahead and sand it! Well this is my favorite piece I have ever made and its because I’m not good at refinishing furniture…haha! But I wanted an old “barn door” look and I got it! I just didn’t think I could. Sometimes not knowing what you’re doing is a good thing ; )
Ok, after I sanded it and stained it I rubbed on some polyeruathane. Now, if you finish furniture regularly you are probably laughing at me, because I’m pretty sure you are supposed to use a brush. But I’m also stubborn, and I didn’t want it to be all glossy, so I rubbed it on the same way I stained it and it gave it a nice protective coating without being all shiny.
Then I busted out my Annie Sloan “Old White” Paint (which I totally am in LOVE with) I didn’t have to sand those legs… I just painted that stuff right on, added some Annie Sloan Wax, and distressed it a little and I.was.done!
What do you think?
Have you refinished any furniture finds lately? I’d love to see them!