End table refinishing project comes in at $18.00. Our DIY up cycling project for January could not have been easier!
Shopping at flea markets or thrift stores can be overwhelming but if you keep and open mind, have a budget & enjoy some good food chances are you’ll have a fun time whether you buy something or not!
I just love this end table refinishing project, it began with …
my frequent stops along the road and into thrift stores sometimes turn up treasures and sometimes not. I try to keep an open mind and imagine repurposing found objects. However I do have a list of things I would like to find but when your shopping thrift stores it’s hit or miss.
The good, the bad & the ugly… our end table refinishing project.
So, while at our local Good Stuff Thrift Store I spotted this end table priced at $18.00. Immediately I was drawn to it because of its lines plus it was super sturdy. The lacquer finish had begun to crack and turned the end table an orange color. The top has a parquet design which had a couple of chips around the corner and it was pretty scratched up. All in all the good outweighed the bad for me, so in the car it went!
As I began the sanding process paint was still the end game. But as the odd thick lacquer coating that had turned the finish orange dissipated the natural wood revealed was really nice so painting was no longer was an option. Even the ugly parquet top that was chipped bloomed into a welcomed feature. Although sanding took most of the lacquer layers off, I didn’t want to make the finish look uniform. So I intentionally sanded it creating (or keeping) a layered or distressed look to the piece.
The one thing I have to say is that this end table refinishing project was mess to sand. I took precautions by wearing a mask & gloves plus sanding outside was a must for me. But on the other hand all I needed was a nice day, sand paper, gloves, goggles and some water & rags to wipe it down between sanding.
Finally, I decided not to apply a protective finishing coat because I like it just the way it is. But I’m not concerned, that’s the beauty of up cycling furniture pieces!
So here it is in all its natural glory!
At the end of the day searching for a treasure and making it your own is just fun!
Happy Friday, have a great weekend!
And as always thanks for sharing your week with us ~ Nancy
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