I will be sharing some progress on our farmhouse living room makeover this weekend and announce the winner of our giveaway (there is still time to enter…) but today, it is all about a little makeover that gave me a big headache. A few months ago, I fell in love with this old coffee table that opens up like a school desk.It is from Québec and like most furniture in our new living room, I found it on Craigslist. I was not in love with the desk’s ‘orangey’ shade and my plan was to stain the top a darker color and paint the legs white to match this cupboard, which is sitting right in front of the coffee table.
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I started by sanding the top really well and staining it with Minwax Dark Walnut. I never stained softwood before and boy was I in for a surprise… The table top looked like it burned in a fire. I was so upset that I did not bother to take a picture of my black burnt looking table. I just grabbed my orbital sander and spent a good 45 minutes sanding it back to raw wood, followed by an hour on the computer doing some research. I learned that staining pine can be a bit tricky and that I should use a pre-stain wood conditioner and go one shade lighter than my desired shade. I opened up the coffee table, applied Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner and tested three boards with three different stains.The winner ended up being Minwax Special Walnut (board on the far right). Before staining the table top, I applied Minwax Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner and let the table top dry for 15 minutes. I gave the table two coats of Minwax Special Walnut and put my son down for a nap. I was so tired that I fell asleep for half an hour. My work space is outdoors and I did not bother bringing the table in during our nap because I wanted to apply one last coat of stain later that afternoon. The sun had been shining all day and I did not expect waking up to a rain storm. I ran outside and brought the table in. It was soaking wet and there were grey spots on the table top but I could not bring myself to sand it a third time. I let the table dry and apply a third coat, this time adding a tiny bit of Minwax Dark Walnut to the Minwax Special Walnut. It looked pretty good after the third coat but I could still see a bit of the grey spots left by the rain and the ‘orangey’ shade of the pine. I tried to solve both problems by applying Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax. It really toned down the grey and the orange… The top doesn’t look perfect but it is an antique table and I don’t mind some imperfections… Painting the legs was a walk in the park compared to staining the table top, and I chose my go-to white, Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint Farmhouse White. I used the bonding agent because I did not want the paint to chip and have the old ‘orangey’ shade peek through. Despite some headaches, I am very pleased with how the table turned out.The addition of some greenery in an old milk crate just makes my heart sing:) Adapt, improvise, and overcome pretty much sums up this coffee table makeover.
Do you have furniture makeovers that made you sweat? I would love to know.
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