Saturday, May 11, 2013

DIY Table Rehab

Side table for $10...WWHHHAATTT!!!

I don’t know if my husband and I have ever purchased furniture new.  Well actually we have, two pieces were purchased new: bed and couch.  Everything else is garage sell, thrift store, or free.  This is one such project.

We purchased a house on a short sell and it was full of old stuff.  One of the left over goods was a side table.

Simply sand off the top layer of stain or poly urethane.  This specific piece of furniture is not solid.  It is a plywood of some sort.  That being said, I was not able to sand it down as far as I might have liked.  I started with 80 grit to get that layer of polyurethane off and then when up from there.
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Then simply add the stain.  Make sure to go the direction of the grain, let stain sit, and then wipe off.

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If you have some residual polyurethane you will see immediately where the stain isn’t taking.  Since this isn’t a show piece and just a simple side table I wont re-sand it.  However that would be the next step if we wanted a more consistent stain.  Re-sand and then re-stain.
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Project is done!  It is a easy one, little bit of elbow grease but can make a huge difference!  For me, this total investment was $10!!  Not too shabby! 

ps don't mind the dirt in all the pictures.  My husband was doing some potting and didn't clean up :)

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