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From Trash To Treasure

From Trash To Treasure

Anyone who knows me knows that I love picking up furniture out of the trash or on the side of the road. Whenever I see a good piece of furniture going to waste in the garbage my mind starts thinking about how I could make use of it. So when I saw this side table in the recycling pile behind my apartment building I immediately picked it up. Now let's make this beautiful. 


When I picked up this piece it had a few scratches and I was not a fan of the colour...Nothing a little elbow grease can't fix. 

I started by sanding the top of the table with a detail sander to remove the finish. It took a couple rounds to get down to the raw wood. I wanted to get as much of the old finish off as possible because I planned to stain the top. On the bottom, I used some sandpaper to rough up the surface so that when I painted the paint would adhere to the surface. 


Time to stain and paint. I decided to go with Minwax Red Mahogany Alkyd Wood Stain  purchased at my local Home Hardware to match another furniture piece. Since the top would be dark I wanted to lighten the piece so I chose CIL Eggshell Interior Paint in the colour Antique White purchased at Walmart. 

I applied three coats of paint and three coats of stain following the manufacturer's instructions. To protect the finish I applied two coats of Helmsman Spar Satin Alkyd Urethane

I love how this side table turned out! It'll fit in perfectly with the room I'm currently working on (I'll share in an upcoming post).

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Until next time.


Dresser Remodel

Dresser Remodel