Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Disaster Table Completion

Okay so it took forever and I had quite a few hiccups along the way, but the table is finished. Well it looks finished and I have moved it into my family room! I still need to apply another coat of poly. The poly that is on it now is a high gloss. I read about furniture painting and found some tips online that suggested a couple of coats of glossy poly (for durability) with a final coat of matte poly. I prefer the look of matte furniture but with four kiddos need some sort of durability. I think it looks pretty nice in the room!

It is not perfect. It had some gouges in the top that are more visible now that it is painted black. I thought I had sanded it enough. I sanded for days, I'm sure my neighbors are all glad I stopped sanding! The shape of the table is not really my style but it was given to me and we can live with it for a while. So here are some more pics and a reminder of the process!
I was planning on staining the table to match some other furniture in the room, but hated it stained!

And finally, after way too long, finished....mostly!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Coffee Table disaster

Okay, so I know it has been for-ev-er since my last post! I have been working as a sub at my kiddos school. I am still not finished this coffee table. I would have been finished if the stain was not horribly ugly! The table was going from black to a cherry stain. I loved the look of the pine wood natural, but it would not have matched any other furniture in the house.

Well, I started applying the stain and was not loving it... at all! I thought maybe I would like it more after the second coat, so I sanded a little and applied a second coat...still not loving it! Then I thought, well I am in too deep to turn back, and applied some poly. I hated it! So there it sat in my garage for a week and a half.

Finally, I mustered up the courage to just paint it back black. And that is the process I am doing now. I like it so much beter black. I know people seems like a lot of work to just paint it back to black, but this table was beaten up. It had gouges in the top that I sanded out, and the paint was peeling off from a bleach-in-all-purpose-spray-bottle mix up! So no completed project yet, sorry!

I did get something done yesterday. I got rid of a little brass in the master bathroom, the cheapo way. I had the horrible gold knobs that I had spray painted a few weeks ago and that made a huge improvement. Now it was time for the blinding light fixture! My hubs got a little ahead of me and yanked the whole thing off before I got in for a before pic, so my before pic is of the fixture sitting on my bed:)

I quick zap with some bronze spray paint and ta-da!

Much better, right!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Coffee table project

I started a project last week, but it is taking for-ev-er to finish. I forgot to take a pic before I started so my before pic is slightly after the start of the project.

It is taking sooo long to sand the table. I have a matching side table that I haven't even started. I have been subbing at my kids school for the last couple of days, so I have not had a lot of extra time to work on the table. I am also planning to sub four days next week so the completed project is further away than I would like. I am going crazy with no coffee table in the family room!

I am happy with the wood under the black paint, I think it is pine, it smells like christmas! The wood is pretty but I think I will stain the table cherry to match other furniture in the room.