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End table Redo

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Drab to Fab Furniture Upcycling taught by Ann Marie Auricchio

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Gardening
Type Functional
Style Funky
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What materials did you use? Old beat up end table

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What are you most proud of? The smooth top. This is a wood table, but the top had a wood veneer which had bubbled, cracked, and much of it had splintered off in pieces over the years. I had kept it covered with a tablecloth and had plants on it; it wasn't good for anything else. I started with the sander/deglosser and then used wood filler on the top. With the missing veneer, this took a bit of work, and elbow grease to fill and sand. But, as Ann Marie says, don't skimp on your prep work, so I didn't, and I found the process satisfying. I couldn't find any milk paint locally, so since I wanted to do this NOW, and not wait for mail order, I primed it and then painted it blue. After that dried, I decided it was too bright, so I toned down the paint with black and painted it again. Then I toned down the paint even more and painted a line on the legs to define this little detail that was part of the leg (snagged my daughter's artist brush for that.) The stencil I used was one I found at my local craft store, and I used a bit of the blue/black/and white paint for that. Next was a bit of distressing, which let a bit of the brighter blue come out, along with a bit of the original brown of the wood. (Distressing was fun! I used my husband's mouse sander.) Then I finished with a coat of Johnson's paste wax, as again, I wanted to do this NOW, and no one stocks Briwax around here.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Have fun, do your prep work, and don't be afraid to experiment. AND take a before picture!

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