Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Perfecting a Beautiful Side Table

Last weekend my mother-in-law passed down a beautiful side table to me. The moment I set it next to my couch I was in love. The only problem with it were some scratches across the top and the fact that it didn't quite fit in with my decor. The shape was perfect but the stain was a bit honey for my taste.

See, such a beautiful table!

Love the detailing on top, just not in love with the color of the stain.

It took my husband and I about 2 hours of sanding to get all the stain off. I took special care to not wear down all the grooves on the top. Once it was all sanded down I knew exactly what I wanted to do to it. First I primed the bottom. I must apologize here for forgetting to take pictures of the work. I was very excited to finish this and my husband was in the house with our son at this point so I had only one set of hands. 

Once the primer was on the bottom I stained the top and the underside of the top. I used Minwax's Early American stain. While the stain was setting I applied an off white paint to the bottom and legs. Once all was dry I followed up with 2 coats of Minwax's Polycrilic to protect the table. 


I must say, I loved this table when I first got it but now I love, love, LOVE this table! It is truly a perfect fit in our living room now!

Thank you to my mother-in-law for the wonderful gift! Now to begin the thrifting hunt for a pretty lamp to accompany it.  :)

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Dressing Up a Sad Bread Box

The weather has finally gotten the memo that Spring is here and I am finally getting back to work on my to-do list. I decided to start off a little bit smaller with a simple project, re-finishing a smaller item that I found at our Goodwill store. 

It's a bread box that I found for $1.99. It was disgusting looking. In fact, I was shopping with my mom and she looked completely confused when I picked it up. I am sure she was wondering why I was purchasing something that looked like it was well past its prime. But I could already picture it in my kitchen.

Who wouldn't want this in their kitchen? 

Okay, it's pretty dirty for the kitchen. I can see why it got passed up. But I quickly got to work sanding off all the yuck and painting on a fresh start in an off white color. 

Wow! It already looks so much better. But I couldn't leave it at that. The lining still looked gross. I know, I am the only one who would have to see the inside but still . . . I like to look at something pretty. So I picked a beautiful fabric that I had on hand that would look great with the off white paint. 

I used mod podge to begin adhering it to the base and the door. 

So pretty, right? Perfect! But, I still wasn't totally happy. So I added the word "Bread" to the door. 

Still not just right, so I added some flowers that I found over at Now it is perfect! It looked so good against our poor paint job in the kitchen that I have decided it is time to paint the kitchen. Perhaps I will start that after Mother's Day!

Goes to show, anything can be made beautiful again with a little creativity and a bucket of paint! :)

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