This week's from this to that feature discusses one of my favorite hobbies; refinishing old furniture. I'd long been after a round coffee table for my living room. Round tables provide more walking space and make a room appear larger. After looking at the tables available at my favorite shops I realized that I'd much prefer a vintage piece. After about six months of searching I happened upon a super cute drop leaf coffee table with a shelf underneath (they usually don't have shelves) and the price.... $20.
I used a liquid sander to remove years of aged stain and then my mouse sander to finish smoothing the table. Rather than using a can of paint which would require rolling and brushing I opted for Rustoleum spray paint in satin (semi-gloss). Once the piece had two good coats of spray paint, which only took one can, I sanded areas that would typically wear over time. These areas would be edges, along the legs, and little bit where the leaves fold down and a tad on the top. Then I used MinWax stain applied to the sanded areas. This not only seals in the finish but it brings out beautiful wood tones which compliment the black painted furniture.
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Voila! A new table for under $30 and tons of character to boot.
From this.... to that!