Refinished table from the Goodwill

Follow Me on Pinterest Another Goodwill find and this one was kind of nasty. 
Actually most everything I have come across at the Goodwill is on the sketchy side but it is wood that can be cleaned and sanded and sealed.
I spotted this thing and scooped it up quickly.
You think I am kidding when I say that this place is cut throat, the customers here take no prisoners. If you hesitate it is gone.
I have come to the realization that I am coming here too often when the workers ask me “How is that teenager of yours doing?’
I feel like responding “HOW do you THINK it is going? I am hanging out at the GOODWILL!”
But I don’t.
I smile and give him a gentle pat on the shoulder.
He is a nice guy. He is my connection to the back room.  Psst, any wood furniture in the back room?
This keeps me from hanging out by the back door waiting for a furniture fix. I tell you I am hooked.
The windows to the back are mirrored so it is very difficult to look casual without looking like your stalking.
The people that work here bring the items out in shopping carts to stock the shelves. Do  not look in the carts and may the good Lord help you if you touch anything. It is very embarrassing to get scolded my a GW worker.
So here is my lates find for $7.50.
It two pieces  with the tray that comes off the stand. 

I threw this baby in the shower to hose it off. It had to of been sitting in some shed for a long time.
Let it dry and took out the sander. The wood is pine and it really did not look like it was worth the effort to strip it and I wanted the black to show through the stain. I sanded it smooth while knocking off some the dark stain already on teh table.

The magazine rack is for another post, it just happened to be in the garage and it reminded me that I had not taken photos of it yet.

After it was sanded I took a rag and dipped it in the stain and rubbed it on the table. I don’t use a brush because it is just too messy.  I put on about 3 coats of stain focusing on the bare wood of the table. I then left it out in the garage for about a week. I wanted to make sure the  stain was very try and no longer tacky.
The sanded portions of the table looked more matte where as the portion with the original finish was a little shinier, not really the look that I wanted.

After the stain dried I applied Polyacrylic over the entire surface of the table. The evened out the sheen of the table. These picutres make it look a lot redder that it really is.

The picture below shows a little more accurate color.

My orignal plans for this was to put it in the boys room for thier Wii. I purchased castors for the bottom so that it could easily be moved but realized that it was going to be too low to the ground for the tv to sit on.

It was only an hour of labor. Not too bad.

So for now it is in the front room.

Looks pretty good don’t cha think?

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Goodwill Dresser Redo

I am so proud of this project. It is my first attempt and refinishing furniture and I think it went pretty darn well if I do say so myself.

Asheville is loaded with second hand shops, Goodwill stores and antique shop. In fact the Goodwill store was so busy I had to wait for a parking spot.

This dresser was for sale and it had a price of $15.00, marked down from $30.00…woohoo, what a deal. It was in rough shape. Really rough shape. What it was though is solid wood, no veneer. The drawers were dovetailed and sturdy. The finish was trashed.

I just happened to have the “Man Van” with me and it was stuffed full of items that I was donating, so I could get it home.

I decided what the heck, fifteen bucks.
If I started to refinish it and it didn’t work I was not out a lot of money.

All the way home I kept thinking “Bob is going to kill me” for bringing this piece of crap home. I didn’t even want to tell him about it.

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The drawers had nasty faux brass hardware.

Mice had chewed on the inside of the drawers.

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There were burn marks all over the top of it. Ink stains. Water stains. The visions I had in my mind of the condition of the house that this came out of were running rampant.

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I wasn’t sure what kind of wood it was but it was stained/varnished a orangish, yellowish icky color.

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I had purchased earlier in the week a can of spray can of paint/varnish stripper for another project. I removed the hardware and sprayed the drawer to see what would happen. I liked the way it worked but it was going to take quite a few cans to finish the project. I decided to use the same product but in the brush on version. This was much for affordable at $10.00 a can.

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I used brushed it on, let it sit for about 15 minutes and used a plastic scraper to remove the top layer of finish. Brushed on a second coat and then used steel wool and a bucket of water to remove the remaining layers.

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This actually went pretty quick, about 6 hours max. I was envisioning days of this and was really motivated to get the finish off and sanded. It was helpful that the weather outside was in the 60’s and breezy. I would not like to do this inside, especially with the sanding.

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After the finish was removed I determined that the wood was maple. and it was really very pretty. The top still had burn marks and the drawers had marks on the front from where the hardware was. I wanted to make sure I sanded that well because I knew I did not want to use the same hardware.

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I was not able to get all the marks out. I guess I could have kept sanding but I was worried it would damage the finish.

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The same applies to the top and decided the the remaining burn marks will add “character”, translate that into I was tired of sanding.

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Staining well very fast….I used Min wax and an old t-shirt to rub on the stain. I put on a two coats of stain, 3 in some areas.  When I was done staining I waited a few days for the stain to completely dry plus it was Thanksgiving and didn’t want to start in polycrylic finish until I had time to really focus on it.

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I did 2 layers of Polycrylic from Minwax outside. This was a mistake. I could not figure out why I was getting bubbles? Well it was drying too quickly.

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I was lightly sanding between each layer which was removing the bubbles.
For the final coat I brought it inside, turned off the heat to minimize the circulation of dust and give it an opportunity to even out before it dried.

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It is now placed in my son’s bedroom and I think it looks awesome! I never thought that the finish would end up looking like this considering what it looked like when I started.

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You can still see a couple of burn marks on the top but it is very subtle.

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I am so excited about it and pretty darn proud.
I am currently scouting the Goodwill for my next project!

Repurposing the Potato Bin

My mom is always passing on items from her home to mine.   Whenever I go home I usually come home with twice the amount of stuff that I arrived with.   She will ask me if I want a certain item, and of course I say “sure” and then I get home and think, “what am I going to do with this”?   My husband is a good sport, he just shakes his head and rolls his eyes. Such is the item today.   She gave this to me 3 years ago and it has been in my garage collecting dust and getting in the way.

Now that I am in a new home I have a place for it, not what it was originally intended for but I think it will work.

It is a potato/onion bin. Potatoes are to go in the top and onions in the bottom.

I took it apart.  Yes, honey I took the hinges off but had to leave one of the knobs on because it was glued in. I also sanded it to rough up the surface so it would accept the paint.   My husband is forever giving me grief for taking short cuts on my painting projects.

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Then I dragged out my Cricut.   LOVE THIS THING.   So much fun.   I do need to invest in more cartridges though.  I am using this to cut words out for a stencil on the doors. Instead of using paper I used contact paper.  It is cheap and if you make a mistake it is no big deal.   I cut out a couple of options of fonts and sizes to get an idea of how I wanted it to look.

I decided on the tall skinny font for my project.

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Pealed of the back an stuck them on the door/lid.   I am the queen of “eye balling” it.   My husband on the other hand would have had the tape measure and ruler out, positioning and repositioning making sure it is perfectly placed.

Sidebar: Don’t know if you have ever listened to Jeanne Roberts. She is absolutely hysterical when if comes to talking about her husband “Left Brain”. You have got to watch this video of her sending her husband to the grocery store. I have seen it more than a dozen times and still laugh every single time.

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I then used black paint with primer and rolled the top the lids and box completely covering it.   This is with just one coat of paint.   It took two coats with drying time in between each coat of paint.

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Painting done, now it is drying.   Did not take to long to dry.    Notice that I did not do the inside of the box.

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With the paint dry I carefully removed the contact paper stencil.

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Next step is I used a fine grit sanding block to take the paint off the corners to give it the aged look.

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This picture shows the words before I applied stain to the raw wood. I used Minwax cherry stain. Applied it with a rag and rubbed it off with another. The one mistake I made was because I was worried that it would have a inconsistent finish on the corners I rubbed the stain over the whole box. It stained the raw wood where I sanded but it made the black portion a little tacky. I ended up wiping the whole thing with a wet rag to get off the excess.

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I put it all back together and it is now in my powder room holding toilet paper and reading material. The lighting of my photos make it the finish look uneven and shiny in areas.  It looks much better in person.

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