The Lonely Library Table - Refinished - Now Ready for a New Adventure!

18 Hours
This is one drab and lonely library (AKA:Drum) table. It was dented, dinged, and scratched all over. But with some chalk paint, some wood stain and some shimmery metallic. He is ready for his new life and adventure!
This is the table when found at the second hand store.
I usually sand the tops down after I give them a good scrub but this step for some reason I did first instead of second...
I clean all my pieces with a mix of 50/50 vinegar and water. I add a small squirt of dawn and clean with a micro fiber cloth and a green scrubbing pad. Rinse will with plain water and a fresh clean cloth.
Ewww! See the nasty dirty residue that is being scrubbed off. This is why I usually do this first not second! LOL! YIKES! Don't want that to stain the sanded top! I had to be careful. I take off my hardware at this point and plop them right into that bowl. By the time I am done scrubbing the piece they have soaked long enough to be cleaned up as well.
If you would like to see how I took my sketched vision and applied it to the top of this table please watch this time lapse video.
Just a closer look at the crispness of this detail! I can't get over how sharp it looks.
This is the entire top completely finished. What do you think? Leave me a comment!
The over all piece with a reading theme. Anyone got a good adventure book?
Even though it is a library table it can be used for more then just books. How about some liquor storage for those evening cocktails?

Thank you for watching the video as well as taking the time to view this post. I hope you have a wonderful day and please check out my other HomeTalk posts on my account. I hope you enjoy them too. Leave me a message in the comments below.
Letitia Grace Lauer
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  • Shauna Shauna on Mar 13, 2019

    Will you share your template?

  • Kathy Kathy on Nov 11, 2019

    You are amazing! I have wanted a table top like this for a long time. Unfortunately I don't have your talent. Do you now a place I can buy a template like yours? Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Syl Syl on Jan 10, 2020
    Beautiful!!! I want to apply this to a round dining table... where can I get the template???? Oh plz let me know!!! lol

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  • She32444017 She32444017 on Dec 13, 2021

    This is right up my alley. Really appreciate you sharing it!! You are really good, and I just LOVE your compass table. Big, huge part on the back for this one!!!! Muah!!!!!!! Sooooooooo inspiring!

  • Andi Andi on Mar 05, 2022

    Omgoodness, you are so very talented, just an incredible artist, I love your work, its absolutely stunning!!!