Thursday, December 6, 2012

From Trash to Treasure: My Cool New Tables

I picked two of these tables up out of someone's trash.  Well, to be completely honest, I didn't pick them up.  These suckers weigh a ton and although I can technically pick them up, I don't think I could lift them in the truck without injury, so begrudgingly, my husband did it for me.  I say begrudgingly because he didn't want the things sitting around in the garage till I decided to do something with them.  Which might never happen.  They might sit there for years till I decide to give them away to someone else.

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I love the tables, though.  They have great bones and they are large enough to accompany my over-sized family room furniture.  But you will have to admit, they are pretty ugly and in horrible condition.   (This is the better of the two.  The other was much worse.)  And they sat in the garage for a couple years while I was busy homeschooling and trying to keep my head above water.

But the kids are in school and I decided it was time to do something with them.  I thought about painting them a dark brown or black, but my neighbor suggested I should try to do something that might have a similar look to my hand painted armoire.

So, I picked out what I thought looked like a tan paint on the paint strip--something similar in color to the armoire and something that also matched the drapes.  I got busy.  First, I used a deglosser rather than sanding--so much easier!  I was worried about fumes, but they didn't bother me at all.  Then, I started painting.  It didn't quite look like what I expected.  It ended up looking more like a creamy white rather than a tan.

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Love it!  But not for the family room.  I will keep this in mind for my daughter's bedroom furniture.  (My next project.  Hubs is already complaining about having to carry down her heavy furniture.)

I almost bought darker paint, but after reading the label for the Rustoleum glaze, I learned that if I didn't like it, I could wash it off with soap and water.  So, I thought I would give it a try.  I didn't feel like running to the store.  I was in the mode to work and had limited time.  That would hold me up.

My initial idea was to glaze in the cracks and crevices and wipe the rest off.  But as I started playing with the glaze, I learned how truly cool this stuff is and what great effects you can do with it!  I was able to cover the table in the glaze, making the cream color disappear.

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I love the worn antique-y look I could create!  I made it a bit darker and tried it out in my family room.

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Nice, but I have a dark brown coffee table.  I decided I needed to go darker.  The glazing is a lot of fun so I didn't mind at all.

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Much warmer, much better!

Here are some close ups so you can see the look I was able to create in greater detail.

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Didn't it turn out gorgeous?  I love the rich, warm look!  My cost?  A can of paint and a can of Rustoleum glaze!  I did put a polyurethane finish on the top to protect it, but had some lying around.  Guessing the total cost for two, heavy wood end tables ran me maybe $35 and a little bit of time!

What do you think?

7 comments:

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Um WOW! Those are really really great! I guess I'll have to start picking and see if I can find some great tables. My mother wants some new end tables for her living room and this gives me an idea!

Thanks for sharing! I'm so glad to have found your blog. :-)

xoxo,
Renee C.

Mellisa Rock said...

Wow - that really is trash to treasure!! What did your husband think of the end result?

Ruth Cox said...

You did a great job on refinishing those tables, Ann.

Trace said...

They look great! Nice job

Trace said...

They look great! Nice job

Hobbies on a Budget said...

I'm impressed! I have never done any refinishing or wood projects. Just not something I've been handy with, but these are definitely cool! Good for you to get something out of the garage and turned into something you love!

mary gardner said...

You did a really great job on these. The difference is amazing!

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