Monthly Archives: February 2013

Look what I found…

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I’m so happy to be sharing my most recent project! My adorable four year-old & I happened to come across our coffee table’s cousin on a recent thrift store hop! It was dingy, dirty, and a shade of yellow that just looked sad, but my little guy & I spotted it from across the store since it had the same exact details of our coffee table… which also happens to be a refinished thrift store beauty! ; ) With a price tag of $25 I knew we had to bring our coffee table’s kin home with us. I refinished it in exactly the same fashion so the materials for this project came to a grand total of zero dollars, perfect!! I’ll take you on my week long journey through this painted project and please start your own to share with me!

sandedcousin… a sanding I will go, a sanding I will go, high ho, high ho… have to sing so that sanding is amusing! I was lucky enough to find that this piece was actually primed under the yellow, so I left most of that on & started painting it! Two coats of latex semi-gloss was all it took to cover this piece. I love how easy it is to clean & the soft shine of semi-gloss is perfect for a modern refinish like this one.

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I had somewhat of an idea of what I was getting myself into with all the grooves, but I certainly didn’t think it would take 20 hours… I suppose that makes me appreciate the final result that much more though! After two coats of my 4 year-old & I’s favorite blue in latex semi-gloss, I went on to refinishing the MDF shelf inserts. They were a semi-groovy 70’s basket weave painted the same blech yellow as the rest & I didn’t care for the weave texture so I hammered them out & flipped them over to reveal a flat surface to paint. I primed, painted turquoise, then painted darker blue, then stripped off the paint, and let dry… a happy accident that I came across a couple years ago when I disliked how the paint looked. I think this sort of reverse painting gives an abstract quality to furniture which I love! When I refinish furniture I try to give each piece an unexpected element, changing it from a utilitarian object into a thing of beauty… or maybe I’m just a hopeless furniture lover, lol!

All that was left to tackle after I watched the paint dry was to add three coats of polyurethane to the shelves and staple them back into place. As a safety precaution for my toddlers, I affixed the top of the display unit to the wall so that it will never tip over… safety first! And another project bites the dust! Now I need to find some old picture frames and candles on our next thrift store jaunt! Please share your current projects with me & happy DIY’ing to y’all! :D

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Thrift Store Table Transformation

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite hobbies is to scour thrift stores for forgotten furniture pieces. Occasionally I’m lucky enough to find a gem in the rough to transform & this happened to be one of those times…

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The top was a chipping, dinged up mess and the speckled paint & stain finish was atrocious! That’s probably why I was able to snag it for only $9! I was ecstatic to say the least, well, until I thought of all the work ahead… something I dread and, at the same time, thoroughly enjoy doing… if that makes any sense!

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I happily lugged the table home & got to work sanding, staining, and lacquering the top & priming, painting, distressing, and waxing the bottom! With every step I finished it gave me the motivation to continue. Watching furniture come back to life is so rewarding to me… the beautiful end result makes all the splinters, cuts, and cursing worth it!

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Please comment on your current projects! I look forward to sharing more detailed, step-by-step refinishing posts with you in the future! Happy DIY’ing to y’all! *running off to find my next thrift store beauty*

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