Sunday, May 11, 2014

Scratched Curbside Table Makeover

This was one of the tables on the side of the road with a few other pieces.
The top looked as if had been spending time with some kind of animal.
I sanded off the old finish as far as I could go. Although you could still see a faint hint of the deepest scratches.  

If something like that happens, I have learned that if I stain with Minwax Dark Walnut, the stain settles into those spots and highlights them. So instead I stain with either dark wax or for a lighter color, coconut oil (which is what I did). 

You are able to give some color to the wood and it doesn't highlight the imperfections.
I painted the table with two coats of homemade chalk paint in a black color. The black is not pure black and once sanded looks like a dark grey.

I changed the hardware to that French provincial handle. It was the perfect size, but very dirty. I soaked it in ammonia to clean it.  
I finished up by distressing the paint with a sanding sponge and sealing it with Minwax Finishing Paste.


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38 comments:

  1. Terrific makeover! One would never believe it was the same table!!

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  2. Very nice makeover! I love the French provincial drawer pull.

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    1. Thank you! I was lucky to have one that fit. I really do not like filling holes for hardware--it never seems to come out right.

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  3. Adorable!! Please tell me you also took home those gorgeous antique chiars too!! lol

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    1. Thank you! I only took home the pressed back chair. I had my husband's car that day and I couldn't fit everything. I didn't take the other chair because I had no idea how I would have replaced the fabric. Although now I realize I probably could have figured it out.

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  4. A beautiful improvement on the original. Well done!

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  5. I'm with Christina, you did take the chairs right? The table came out beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! Well, I did only take one chair.

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  6. Beautiful makeover. And the price was so right!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, you can't beat FREE!

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  7. Your my featured blog this week at Knick of Time Tuesday! Come by and link up again - the party is live now!

    Blessings,
    Angie @ http://knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much! I linked up again!

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  8. Sweet roadside find! Great refab job, love the dark grey.

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  9. Very nice. I like your fix for the top, and your tips.
    I spy in the group photo an old video cabinet. I have one that is serving time on the back porch, but I'm thinking of fixing it up and bringing it into my house to keep crafty stuff in. Nothing fancy, but then again, maybe I can do something silly and fun with it just for the heck of it. The design of the cabinet is one I think is useful for storing smallish things in a compact way. I look forward to seeing what yo do with it. I think I've probably done some water damage to mine, as it is that cheap composite material with awful plastic wood grain veneer. I'll bet it would make a nice toy storage unit. Maybe fun for a kid to be able to lock it. Or maybe a very unusual doll house. A strange mix of a practical design and bad materials. Mine served time for a while as a sales display for fair trade coffee at church, a task it was well suites for. You're bound to come up with something clever, assuming you picked up that piece. The chair with the turned spindles in the back is quite a nice chair. Hope you grabbed that.

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    1. Thank you. I didn't get the video cabinet--not enough room in my car. But you could totally paint it with the homemade chalk paint. I have painted laminate before without a problem. I did get the chair, but I haven't painted it yet :)

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  10. This table looks so nice. Well done

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  11. Visiting from the Real Housewives of Riverton Link Party. Seriously, this is amazing! Nicely done! Who would have thought that's what it would turn in to?!

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    1. Thank you! I was stumped on what color to paint it for a little while, but I was happy with the way the dark grey came out.

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  12. What a gorgeous transformation!! The paint color is perfect and what an amazing compliment the handle makes...wow & wow! Thanks for sharing such an inspiring piece!! :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I was lucky that I had that handle and it fit.

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  13. what an AWESOME stash of free stuff! Love what you did with this little table, Susan! :)

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    1. Yeah, I totally couldn't believe I found that stuff! It was 100% pure luck--I just happened to be driving a different way home that day. Thank you!

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  14. Love that you left the top natural...great color choice!!
    And free to boot!

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    1. Thank you so much! Free makes me very happy!

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  15. That turned out just precious! Thank you so much for sharing with us! ~Tammy

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  16. I love the new look! And of course free is always good!

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  17. LOVE that shade of gray! What a makeover. I'm featuring it Wednesday over at Power of Paint.

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  18. I agree with everyone -- your table transformation is amazing! So beautiful.

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  19. Congrats! You will be featured on Friday’s Five Features tomorrow over on DIY Vintage Chic. Stop by and grab yourself a button! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com

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