Wednesday, January 9, 2008

This Week's Home Improvement

Besides stripping the wallpaper off the walls in our downstairs powder room, I decided to tackle some furniture refinishing. Grimjack's brother recently bought new tables, and wanted to unload two old end tables that have heavy marble tops. The tables apparently are about 50 years old, I find out now. The tops alone are worth something, so I said "Sure, I'll take them!

Of course, we had no where to put them and they weren't exactly our style (Ikea mixed with whatever we can get cheap). When I told Grimjack I took the tables, he said "you did what?".

Here is a before picture:


Since I loved the marble top, I was determined to update them and squeeze them in somewhere. So I removed and cleaned the top, and cleaned and lightly sanded the table. Then I lacquered it black, using a can and a half of spray paint. Then I changed the hardware on the drawer. So we spent about $10.

Here is the finished product:




When Grimjack saw the finished table, he said "I wish we had room for the other one". And his brother wants to know when I'm bringing the tables back.

Now I can't wait to go thrift store shopping for other 'buried' treasures.

12 comments:

Aprilwine said...

That is gorgeous!! Great job!!

Jeffro said...

Yer good!

SoHoS said...

That is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Good job!

USA_Admiral said...

I would have to say an almost magical transformation.

RT said...

Nice job! I don't have those talents. I don't have the patience.

Mrs Grim said...

Thanks, everyone. It is fun to have something turn out nicely when I put some effort into it.

momster said...

Wow! That is so beautiful. I am very impressed.

Wyatt Earp said...

Good stuff! I knew Grim couldn't have done that! :)

Fred said...

Found your blog searching for "Home Improvement" ... Really nice work on the table. I've never tried doing wood restoration or furniture work for home improvement. Its hard to tell from the picture -- is the black color uniform? The one experience I've had with spraypainting didn't come out as well as I had hoped. From the picture, it looks great.

Fred
www.oneprojectcloser.com

Mrs Grim said...

Momster - Thanks, and welcome!

Wyatt - Grimjack is very good at the bigger demolition jobs, and I am good at the finer details.

Fred - thanks for stopping by. Yes, I did find the finish a little uneven with the spray lacquer, and ended up doing seven or so light coats to even it out. With the table being do old, the wood was dry and absorbed the paint at a variety of levels. It would have been easier to stain it, but I wanted a full black finish. I chose the spray paint so I would not have brush strokes showing.

Loving Annie said...

Wow. You did an excellent job !

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