From Trash to Treasure - Nautical Table Makeover
My husband took this old side table off the side of the road which was meant for the garbage trucks and brought it home for me. Normally I might be annoyed but this was in pretty good shape, so I was happy he did that! You know what they say..."One man's trash is another man's treasure." My mind started thinking of ideas immediately on how I could bring this Side Table From Trash to Treasure. Here is what I came up with and a tutorial and how I did it.
Step 1: The first thing I did was to strip the paint using a paint striper. I had experience revamping our old, dark wood dining room table and rather than just sanding the top layer off, I found this paint stripper to be helpful before sanding. To use, you apply a thick coat using a regular paint brush, then you wait about 15-20 minutes before you attempt any scraping. (Please make sure to wear gloves and eye protection. This stuff is pretty toxic.) I was working in my very hot garage so the stripper was drying quicker than the recommended time. I was only waiting about 10 minutes. After the stipper soaks in, you use a scraper tool to remove the paint/stain and an empty can to discard it in. I used about 3 coats which seamed to do the trick.
Once done you need to apply some Paint Stripper After Wash which essentially gets rid of any paint stripper from the table.
Step 2, Sanding...
I sanded the rest of any remaining stain using my hand sander.
Once done sanding, make sure to clean up really well to get rid of any dust remnants. I used a damp rag but they sell tack cloths that work wonders too.
Step 3 Adding a Stencil...
I went back and forth trying to decide what to do with the top. I figured this was a free piece of furniture that would have ended up in the landfill, so I was gonna try to make it something fun. If I screwed it up, oh well, right? The wood grain is really pretty but I thought a stencil of a compass rose on the top would look cool, so I decided to go for it. I found one from amazon and thought it was the perfect size (12 inches) as you can still see the pretty wood grain underneath it. I painted the legs white, rather than deal with stripping them too.
I made sure to line up the stencil evenly using the circle in the middle of the table as a guide. Then I taped it to the top using painters tape and used a foam brush to paint on the stencil. I used about 4 coats of paint and let it dry before carefully taking the stencil off. I was happy to see that it came out really nice. Whew! I hadn't screwed it up after all. Ya me!
Step 4, Polyurethane...
Once the stencil and legs were all painted and dried, I used 4 coats of polyurethane on the top, and the legs, to protect and seal it. I chose a semi-gloss.
And here is the final result. I love the way it came out. Not to shabby for someone else's trash, and all it took was some elbow grease and some creativity! What do ya think?
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