Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Please! No more tables!

Another table? Yep. 
This one was for FREE though and I didn't even have to move it...because the previous owners left it (and 4 adorable chairs...more about that later).

 See that streak? I don't know what it is, but that streak will haunt me (continue reading)
 I don't know why this picture is sideways, but look at those pretty legs!
 So sanded it down well (or so I thought)...
 ...and primed...wait, what? that "streak" is now BRIGHT red. 
 and the sides

 I'm stubborn so I wasted time painting with ANOTHER coat of primer...
 Still red. Ugh.

 So I tried sanding it down really hard and it took forever just to get a 2"x2" part sanded well enough and I decided it wasn't worth it.

PLAN B: Buy MDF and 1x4" to make a new table top.
 This was my first time using a circular was kind of terrifying. So I made a frame and gorilla glued it on (after sanding first, of course)
 Primed and painted it white (using Valspar Latex Enamel in Gloss White) and I reattached the original pieces of wood the legs screwed into.
 Voila! (Ignore the random towel, flip flops, and lunch box in my floor)
 Isn't she pretty? I can't wait until the chairs are done!
 Dang it! When did that happen? 

Here's a little preview of what the chairs looked like BEFORE.

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  1. Looks great. The legs really are beautiful.

  2. Such a pretty table! Love your determination to make it work- great job! Thanks for linking up to Gettin' Krafty With It!

  3. This is a major difference. It is now like a breath of fresh air.

  4. What an improvement! :) It looks great.

    Tnx so much for linking this up at my party this weekend! :D

  5. Ha!
    I love it!
    I have a Duncan Phyfe table like this, too!
    The top of my table needs work just like yours. I dunno what I will find when I start sanding, but you inspired me to paint the whole thing white!!
    I paid $75 for my table at a yard sale (this was before Craigslist existed). Free is better, but I came close, doncha think? ;)
    SO, I am so glad I saw your link at Miss Mustard Seed's place, so I can be brave and paint my table, too. And if the top is yucky, I now know how to make one of those!
    You are clever!
    Thank you!

  6. Hi Leslie! I had no idea what this table was called - thanks!! Keep my updated on how it goes! I absolutely LOVE mine painted white. I'm actually taking a break from painting the chairs right now (those spray paint fumes are making my head spin!) I can't wait until it's all done!!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Free!!! Lucky Duck! Great idea for the new top. Was your primer oil-based? Just wondering, as I have something to cover too, and thought oil-based might work.

  8. Your table looks so beautiful. It's amazing that you built a whole new top. I can't wait to see the chairs, so I wont miss the rest I'm following you.

  9. Awesome! You are pretty handy with the power tools! I'm sure you can fix the corner! I hate discovering stuff like that after I'm totally DONE with something. :)