Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Same Table, Better Finish and a Great Before/After Site

Back in May, I posted this table that I'd found for FREE at a garage sale.

I finished it with a coat of white paint, distressed it and glazed with dark walnut stain.

So perusing Craigs List a few weeks ago, I found this next table...but much like the first one, I never got a "before" photo. Here's the kicker's the same table! This one wasn't free, but the price was right. The gal who owned it had "stripped the top" and by this, I mean, took a VERY low grit sandpaper to the top. It was a mess. Even after I sanded it down, I stained it and those little curly q's from an orbital sander were still EVERYWHERE and were deep in the wood. So I had to sand it all out, and thus sanding through some of the veneer.

I thought all was lost and tried the vinegar/steel wool finish on the top and it just didn't look right to me. So I tried the dark walnut stain again, and LOVED it. Even though the finish isn't even, I love it because it looks rustic.


The legs and skirt are painted in Stonington Gray by BM. After distressing, I hit the distressed areas with Fiddes Wax in Stripped Pine. Love.

In other news, have you been to Roadkill Rescue??

If you are anything like me, you will LOVE this site. I am obsessed with seeing what other people do with things they get for free. Is it weird that I stalk the free area on Craig? Oh well...I do it anyway.

Check out Roadkill Rescue (click on the link above!) to get inspired!

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Kathy said...

Love the table! Imagine you finding 2 of them at different times! I have never been to that site - sounds fantastic!
Hope you have a Merry Christmas,

Cassie Bustamante said...

oh i looooove that dark top and the design on it!
merry christmas, allison! al the best to you and your family through the holidays and always!

Brandi said...

Beautiful Allison! I think you are a furniture whisperer! You have the ability to bring drab pieces back to life! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Tami Michel said...

I think it looks fantastic. I am also a sucker for anything FREE! Great job.

Sherry said...

You did a wonderful job with this. It's hard to believe you were able to find the same exact table. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

Andi said...

hey lady!!! Love the table! Beautiful detail on the top! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!!

samaa said...

Just gorgeous! You did a fantastic job with it, I'm really loving the dark stain and white paint combination :)
Is it possible to use an electric sander on these kinds of surfaces or will all types just end up scratching it?

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Another beauty Allison! Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

The table looks beautiful! Great re-finish!

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

What a cute table! I thought it was cute before, but after you refinished it... it looks fabulous!

Heather Jacob said...

sensational stuff !!!!!!! super duper awesome ... what a fantastic find ... wishing you a magical xmas xoxxo

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Great finish on the table, and how cool to find two.

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Turned out beautiful!

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The side designing is good. It looks more or less like the table made in Asia. Such kind of designs are seen more in Asian countries.
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On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely table! So glad you kept the wood on top...even though it took a lot of elbow, back and shoulder pressure to get the finished product!!! The paint hue is perfect! Visiting from MM!

Pamela said...

Looks soo pretty! You did a great job!

Anonymous said...

Love the way it turned out! Great rehab!


A Few Pennies said...

Love that table; love it even more in your room--gorgeous transformation. Have a great and Happy New Year!

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

This coffee table came out beautiful!! I would love for you to share it at my "Best of 2011" link party at

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

I love the weathered stained look on top!