A Table To Dine For

Recently I had to use a vacation day to take my car to the dealer a recalled airbag.  Quite possibly the least exciting use of a vacation day ever.  But there was a Restore next to the dealership and I had been keeping my eye out for a new kitchen table for my mother-in-law. She wanted to replace her pink tile top table so that she could paint her kitchen a different color. So I decided to kill time and I found this not so lovely table for $35!  The table had years of wear, many coats of polyurethane, and a ton of scratches, but I figured for $35, I would take a chance on it.

It was my first project using a chemical stripper and stain and I learned a lot pretty quickly.  Read the full post below to see the steps I took and how it turned out.

Unfortunately the after photos aren’t great quality – I was having some lighting issues with my camera.  It looks much better in person.

Table Before and After

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Thrift Store Sideboard to Bedroom Dresser

Four our guest room, I wanted to get a piece of furniture with cabinets in addition to drawers for some additional storage. I had been looking at buffets and sideboards on Craigslist for a while but could never find one in decent shape for a few hundred dollars or less. On a trip to the suburbs, I drove past a thrift shop and decided to pop in.  This sideboard was buried under some old cash registers and picture frames, but was in good shape and was 20% off that day because it had a yellow sticker on it and apparently yellow was the color of the day so I got it for $80! It had one broken knob, was missing a knob, and had some scratches and nicks.

After brining it home and giving it a good sanding with a power sander, I broke out my new favorite toy – a power sprayer!  The sprayer took some getting used to – its not quite the same thing as spray paint, but it does make paint a lot more affordable.

Buffet to Dresser

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