2.03.2011

An Inspired End Table Makeover

Hey Everyone! Ashleigh here.

Today I want to share a Craigslist end table makeover I completed recently.

Searching Craigslist is one of my favorite hobbies. I do it all the time. My mom and sister tell me I have a problem...



...I say I'm just doing the world a favor by rescuing unwanted furniture and giving it new life! I know, it's kind of a weird hobby for a 21 year old. But it keeps me off the streets!

Anyway, here's the victim. Nice legs, sturdy. By no means a priceless antique or anything (I got it for $7 from the nicest old man).

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It was that ugly yellow-ish oak color that I really can't stand. I don't know why I loath it so much, but it really just bothers me. When I saw it on CL I knew it was the perfect piece for me to try a new technique on. I had seen so many absolutely gorgeous pieces done by Miss Mustard Seed that have natural wood tops and painted bottoms. So I thought this small piece would be a good place for me to start!



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I started off by sanding the top down completely so I could stain it. The legs I just hit with medium grit enough to give the paint something to stick to. I used some Minwax wood conditioner on the top that I had left over from a previous project.





While that was soaking in I put a coat of Kilz primer on the legs.


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After 15 minutes I started staining. Which was a nightmare! I was using gel stain, which I do not recommend. Maybe others have had success with it, but I have had nothing but problems every time I use it. I was only using it this time because I have so much left over and I can't justify wasting it. I'm a college student, on a budget!

Anyway, I couldn't get it even. After several attempts I sanded it down bare and started over. One side was still turning out shades lighter than the top. Refusing to give up I recoated that side 10, maybe 15 times. I am not exaggerating. And while I don't think it matches perfect, it is close enough for me. And it looks so much better than the before.


After the staining fiasco concluded I used my favorite shade of white at the moment (Martha Stewart's "Tailor's Chalk" in semi-gloss) on the legs. It's a not too creamy, not too bright white that I've fallen in love with. Two coats, a little drying time and the little beauty was ready for a distressing.



I decided I needed a glaze, but instead of buying one (which I've been really tempted to do) I used what I had on hand. A little Raw Umber, a little Blue and some Gamsol and I was good to go.



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Over all I'm totally happy with the final result. Here it is in my parents' living room. Don't mind all the brown, we're in the middle of redecorating!


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It may not be a gorgeous antique dresser, but hey, I think I pulled off a pretty good MMS imitation!


Sincerely,

Ashleigh




PS: Linking up to Between U & Me & Miss Mustard Seed's Copy Me Challenge & Remodelaholic  & The Shabby Nest !


24 comments:

Lu said...

I'm so happy to see the second post up, hope to buy some of your furniture!?!?

KSaylor1 said...

It may not be perfect, but you did an awesome job balancing the stain. I know the blotchiness was a nightmare, but it came out swell.

Allison@FabRehab said...

I think you did a great job!! Dying to do a 2 tone project!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I love seeing 21 year olds doing makeovers like this one...your $7 table looks great!!!!

Blessings,
Linda

Lori said...

Beautiful! This is just what I want to do with my oak dining room table.

Vicki V @ blestnest.blogspot.com said...

You did a nice job! I think I'm going to try this with my own old end tables.

Allison@FabRehab said...

Ashleigh! I tried to email you back...but you have a "no reply" email address . Thank you for the link...that's a great table! I found this one too
http://www.junkmarketstyle.com/item/30929/whats-your-number

Lois@frugaldecormom said...

Love the end table! I'm loving the stained top with the painted base. Think I'm going to have to try something like that in my house!

Maggie @ Black and White {Side by Side} said...

gorgeous!!! and i'm cracking up at the facebook comments!

Suesan said...

Ashleigh, you did a great job on the table. Stain can be tricky sometimes because the base wood may have a different tone to it. You did the right thing by keeping at it to try and even it out. I'm sure you did MMS proud.

Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home said...

It's beautiful!! I think it looks just like something MMS would do :)

Erika . . . with a K said...

It turned out amazing, I love it!

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