Today I’m sharing my latest furniture flip:
As promised, I’m back to show how I prepared this CL table for use on our back patio ~
I haven’t started on the benches yet ~ I’m sure I will finish them to match the table color, then find a bright outdoor rug to ground the table and define the area.
We are just starting on our patio space, and one of the first things Kevin did was hang these cute outdoor lights overhead.
The lights create the right amount of bling and ambiance while hanging out back.
Anyway, back to the process of refinishing the table.
First, I sanded through the old stain and finish with 120 grit electric sandpaper. Then, I smoothed it all over with 220 grit.
Next, I used a pre-stain wood conditioner, since pine is so soft and porous and the wood would have otherwise looked too blotchy. The stain color I chose was what I had on-hand, Minwax oil-based special walnut.
Since the final finish was going to be applied with my spray gun, I chose a water-based product. This is Spar Urethane in satin, which is supposed to be good for furniture used outdoors, as it claims to expand and contract during changes in temperature. I applied 5-6 coats, and will be sure to update at a later date whether or not I would recommend the water-based Spar. They make an oil-based version, and that is what I would have used if I were
brushing this product on. But, my spray gun wins almost every time, and I go for the easiest clean-up
p.s. I could only find the water-based Spar at Home Depot; my Lowe’s only carried oil-based.
Whomever built this otherwise amazing table used PINK wood filler all over it! I mean, it was everywhere.
So, after staining, I took some acrylic craft paint and a small brush and blended the pink in with the rest of the table color.
…and after sealing with the topcoat.
Here’s one more shot of the finish that I am expecting to hold up to rain and the major AZ temperature swings.
Up next is a boy’s antique dresser set in midnight blue!
One evening my lovely bride (who just finished painting our laundry cabinets) showed me a picture of this new concept of a washer/dryer stand, and she wanted one. The only thing she said I needed to include is that this was not her idea and to give credit to Sausha at Show & Tell for the inspiration. Now keep in mind our washer/dryer came with the upgraded lower drawers, however I know not to stand in the way of progress. I also know that Christa’s love language is acts of service, so when I build something for her, it’s a bigdeal. I’ve given up on giving her flowers, mushy cards, and romancing her. All she really needs is for me to help her build and fix stuff. And I’m okay with it. She never discourages a tool purchase.
So, one morning I decided that a distraction from work was in order, and off to the hardware store I went, with inspiration photo in hand.
I set up shop on the rear patio with my miter saw, circular saw, and compressor powered nail gun, and things came together pretty quick. This is the desert, though, so it was hardly ideal.
An unbalanced washer (a high probability in a house with four women) is nothing to mess around with, so I made sure the entire base was good and stable.
A few hours later (did I mention how hot it was?) I had the entire stand built, and just like the picture, I might add. I was hoping my bride wouldn’t notice that the trim I purchased was smaller than the inspiration photo, but she has a sharp eye, and I should have known better. (In my defense, it was the only thing available.)
She still liked it, and also helpfully pointed out that it would be great if the three baskets could slide out as one piece. I couldn’t deny it was a good idea, so I used the leftover plywood and added three drawer slides to make it work.
The end result turned out quite nice. We opted for a tallish version to not only accommodate taller baskets, but also to avoid bending over to do laundry. The stand makes the room feel more open and clean. The baskets bring in texture and warmth, and are very organized and easily accessible.
I must tell you that if you do this, please be sure to measure twice and cut once so that the baskets you choose will fit perfectly. (Christa got these on clearance at Target.)
So you want your husband to make you one to make one yourself? Here is how it came together. (Show & Tell had a great tutorial, too, which you should check out.)
Materials: 4″x4″x8′ wood post, (2) 6″x1″x8′ trim board, (6) 2″x2″x8′ furring, (1) 1/4″ thick 4’x8′ premium plywood, (2) 1/2″ thick 4’x8′ middle grade plywood, a handful of wood screws, and (8) small “L” brackets.
I selected middle quality wood, but in retrospect a higher grade would have been better. We are all about saving money so that mindset ruled the moment. At least I avoided all the wood that had crooks, cups, and bows.
The small crown trim squares had to be precision miter cut and glued to the 4×4 posts. If I nailed them they would have split so wood glue was easy enough and set up quickly with our 130 degree temperature. Because of the rounded edges, it was difficult to judge the exact size and not all the sides were exactly the same (due to shrinkage, a term you won’t hear me mention much of), so I found myself making a slightly longer pieces and then cutting it specific to fit.
Here is what we started with:
- This shot is a little better representation of the color.
- I thought her new flooring was beautiful.It’s tile made to look like wood.
- No worries about scratches, and talk about easy maintenance.
I’m excited to be sharing the paint colors we decided on before we move!
We have accepted an offer on our current home so the move day is drawing closer, but hopefully not too soon since there are a lot of dusty projects left to do. Ideally, those projects will be complete and I’ll do a thorough clean before moving us all in.
Back to the paint colors. On my monitor, the colors come through pretty true, and aren’t dark at all. One thing I’ve learned (through the process of choosing 9 colors for this house) is that paint looks different in every house. But, seeing a color in someone else’s home or online is always a good jumping off point if you are in the market for new paint.
Having said that, there is one that I can HIGHLY recommend and it’s a trim color -Ben Moore Mascarpone. It is beautiful, and I think it would look great in any home. We used it for all of our white trim and doors and we love it. Whites can be tricky, and this one is a WINNER.
The main house color we chose was Frazee Keratin. It is a greige with a little bit of a green undertone, and we love it. It toned down the pinks in the tile quite a bit and would be a great backdrop to many types of decor.
For practically nothing. I picked up this coffee table at an auction a few weeks ago. I was originally going to fix it up and sell it, but we decided to keep it.
Don’t despair, the clear coat will solve that problem!
You can also use those wood touch-up pens.
Here it is in our home:
Products I used:
- Black paint: SW Solo Interior/Exterior Low VOC in Semi-Gloss
- Rub-through: Denatured Alcohol and a scrubby sponge (or #1 or #2 steel wool)
- Smoothing the paint: I prefer between 400 & 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper found at automotive stores
- Final Finish: Varathane Floor Finish in Semi-Gloss
- Smoothing the Finish: Dull with super fine steel wool, then Maguire’s car polish to shine