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.
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).
- Side Table - Free
- Detail Sander - Borrowed (If you don't have one to borrow, check if your city has a Tool Library. If you happen to be in Toronto check the Toronto Tool Library)
- Sandpaper - $1.13
- Tack Cloth - $2.25
- Paint (Sample Jar) - $5.63
- Minwax Red Mahogany Alkyd Wood Stain - $11.85
- Helmsman Spar Satin Alkyd Urethane - $14.11
- Paint Brushes - Assorted sizes from local Dollarama
- Drop cloth - $3.39
- Painters Tape - $1.41
Until next time.