Monday, June 9, 2014

An Updated Coffee Table

I found this table at an estate sale in my neighborhood over a year ago—I think I paid $35 for it! The style is post modern, probably from the 1950's and it works perfectly in our ranch house.

Now that the weather is warm I'm able to work outdoors (sanding is messy!) It's finally done and I loved how it turned out.

Let's take a look last winter when I bought it home...
The shape and size were perfect but the reddish-brown color was not working for me. It also made the table look dated.

Although the table top was going to be sanded, who wants to sand those legs and bars on the bottom shelf?
Instead of sanding, I sprayed the entire bottom half oil-rubbed bronze.

The legs got a dipped look with gold paint from the craft store.

That little touch of gold added so much to the legs.
After sanding the top with my electric sander with coarse sandpaper to remove the old stain, I sanded with some fine sand paper to give it a nice smooth finish.
Next I brushed on two coats of gray stain. I love how some of the brown from the teak wood shows though so the final color is a mixture of gray and brown.
After it dried for 24 hours it was wiped with some steel wool...
and sealed a clear coat of water-based varnish in a satin finish.
Honestly, I wasn't sure how this would turn out...I kind of play with the stain and brush on  more or less as I go, but I'm thrilled with the results!

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