Little Table Redo and a Genius Idea

BEFORE

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Nice right? OK… so some of you may have passed this beauty by and said “no way!”… but not me… she’s the PERFECT size for a small bedside table and just look at those dainty legs! Yes… she’s pretty banged up but I’m totally sure I can fix her up!

I sanded her top and shelf down to remove all of the nastiness, but sanding doesn’t remove all of the water rings from the top…

This is a custom piece for a client who had previously purchased from me a Carrera marble and Paris Grey painted bedside table. She wanted this table to coordinate with the Carrera table… so Pure White Chalk Paint for the top and Paris Grey for the base is the paint scheme for this piece…

Check out the nice stain that bled through the Kliz primer!

I ended up having to paint 4 coats of primer to get rid of the water marks… nice!! There are better primers for this sort of problem but the only ones I had on hand were sprays and I was NOT going to spray paint in the house…

AFTER

She cleaned up nicely don’t you think?

I lightly distressed the table and waxed it with Minwax… now here is my TOTAL genius idea…

Umm… yeah that’s right!

I put the wax on an electric candle warmer ($4 Hobby Lobby) and the wax became soft and super easy to apply! In the summer time I like to put the wax in the sunshine, but it’s a little chilly to be waxing furniture outside these days… so I’m pretty proud of myself for thinking up this little solution. Yes, if I used a soft wax I wouldn’t have to do this, but I prefer to use the paste wax on certain pieces and now that it is butter soft it makes my job easier… Yippee!

Hope it help you too…

As always… thanks for stopping by…

Until next time!

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About Susan @ Uniquely Yours or Mine

Hi, my name is Susan and I’m a furniture hoarder… whew, now that I have said that I feel so much better! Anyway, I started this whole furniture refinishing and blogging business in 2011 and I have LOVED every minute of it! It’s not “easy” by any means but it allows me to utilize my creative side and meet lots of wonderful people… it is seriously my dream occupation! I have been refinishing furniture for myself for over 20 years but never gave any thought to doing this for others until my kids had gotten to the point that they didn’t need me as much… sad but true! So now I’m a stay at home mom and wife who has decided that fixing up and painting furniture is so much more rewarding than vacuuming and grocery shopping… my house is never quite as clean as I would like for it to be and there is furniture everywhere… but I couldn’t be happier! I hope you can come along on this journey with me!

Posted on November 29, 2012, in Furniture and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Genius is right! I put my can of wax on top of my oil boiler in the basement … I guess a candle warmer is a much more efficient idea.

    Are you using the original Kilz or the water-based, low odor kind? As nice as the water-based one sounds, it doesn’t block stains nearly as well as the stinky one. Or, just use Zinzer shellac … that works the first time, every time.

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    • I had the water based Kilz on hand, so that is what I used… I need to get some of the oil based one, but I HATE cleaning up after it.. I do have Zinzer but in spray.. next time I will not be so impatient to get a project finished! I would totally get the candle warmer, the wax can fits on it like it was made for it! Just plug it up near you and wait for 30 minutes and you are good to go!

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  2. Lovely job on the little table! I like how you show us your steps so we can appreciate how the piece turns out. I kind of liked the little water mark – but then for a custom piece, she might not have appreciated it. : ) Geri

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  3. Yes, that was genius! And the table came out cute!

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  4. Hi, I love this small table. I also learned how to easily apply wax when my can of wax was left out in the sun this past summer. It went on like butter!

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