How many times have you pinned a ton if things from Pinterest that you are totally planning do this weekend? I personally have enough recipes pinned that I could cook a different meal every day for the next 5 years. All of the Do-It-Yourself projects that I pin wouldn’t even fit in my house and this urge I seem to have to cut up all the t-shirts in the house and make a braided rug is really nagging me.

Something that has been pretty hot lately is re-purposed furniture and refinished furniture. Taking something that has been beaten down and making it new and beautiful again or taking something and making something completely different is something very ‘New England’.  So, I decided to try it out for myself and headed to Goodwill. I found this table for $6.99 and had a 10% off coupon to boot and scooped it right up. This is where you probably think you know what happened: I went right home, dug out the tools and viola, a refinished table. Nope. I went home, put it in the room where I wanted the ‘finished’ project to go, and there is sat.  I’m telling you this, because I want to be honest with you. I was completely inspired, then motivated and then… well I got lazy.


So, about 2 weeks later, I took the table apart and started my project. I saved the upholstery tacks because I knew I wanted to still use them. Obviously for $6.99, I wasn’t getting a table that was crafted from the finest wood in the most magical forest. So, I ended up buying a primer specifically made for covering stain. I’m sorry; I don’t have any photos of the process. I really didn’t think I was actually going to show anyone! I used a palm sander, and scuffed the legs and set them aside. Then I sanded the top as much as I could without sanding too much.

I knew I wanted to keep the top a stain, a nice dark English Chestnut to be exact, and I wanted the legs to be a nice antique white.  While sanding the top, I was extra careful to try to sand it as evenly as possible. I primed the legs, and started staining the top. I ended up using an old t-shirt and rubbing it into the tabletop. It gave me a better idea of where it was soaking up the stain more than other parts. I let it rest for about an hour and moved onto the legs. The primer was a quick drying product, so I was able to put the first coat of paint on not long after. While the legs were drying, I put a second coat of stain on the top. I finished up the second coat of paint on the legs, and let it all rest overnight.

The next day we put it back together, and put the upholstery tacks back in their original location. Originally we were planning to put a coat of polyurethane on the top, but we ended up keeping it just stained. Eventually we will put a coat on it, but for now, we are enjoying the rustic look.

 What do you think?


Next step: refinish the coffee table to match.


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