The weather has finally started to warm up a bit here in our neck of the woods, and you know what that means...... New furniture projects of course! Below you will find my latest project. This table was a hand-me down from my husband's parents. I love the bones, but not a fan of the honey finish. I had wanted to tackle this project last fall, but the weather got too cold too quick for me.
This sidetable calls our living room home. I love how this table offers a large table top for display, and then a segemented second shelf. Our living room is a more casual space that we use for reading, and I really like the idea of displaying magazines or some cool looking books on the second shelf.
In the close-up you can see the edges have been a little worn, and the table is just screaming for a facelift.
I spent a sizable amount of time sanding the sidetable down. I started with 80 grit sandpaper, then bumped up to 100 grit, and then 150 grit. About a hour in to sanding, I realized that the top of the table was screwed into the second shelf by screws underneath. It was a welcome suprise as I was able to take the table apart, and then sand the second shelf down all the way, as well as each of the divider pieces.
I was able to get all of the old stain off the second shelf, but a bit remains on the edge of the top table surface. I am still undecided what my next step is going to be.
Below is a picture of a table that has been my inspiration for this project. It is Pottery Barn's Rustic Pedestal Accent Table. The finish on their table is an "expertly crafted of distressed espresso-stained hardwood, with mortise-and-tenon joinery for lasting stability and all sides are antique finished using a multistep process".
Here is a close-up of the table.
As I mentioned above, this table is stained an expresso color. I have never used stain, but if I recall right, all the previous stain must be removed for stain to work, right? If so, do any of you have any ideas of how I can achieve this look with paint? I don't think there is any possible way for me to get the rest of the stain off. I have considered using a liquid sandpaper option, but I am not sure if that would work (I also am a bit scared of it since the label pretty much spells out it is dangerous).
Therefore, I need some advice.... Does anyone have any suggestions? I am stuck with what the next step should be..... Please help!
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