Welcome to Down & Dirty Design! This is my very first blog post—I hope you enjoy!
I have several projects that were completed months ago, but I am so absolutely excited about how this one turned out, that I am showcasing it first.
When I first moved into my apartment about six months ago, I refinished an adorable, old drop-leaf table. However, I used an OOPS paint that, once dry, turned to a color that I was not so crazy about. Plus, I realized I could only fit two chairs around the table since the legs were so close together on the other two adjacent sides. Long story short…this table just wasn’t working for me. I eventually wanted to strip the top layer of paint to show off the beautiful wood underneath. What. A. Mistake. I ended up with the ugliest table imaginable. (I will post photos of this atrocity later).
About a month ago, I walked into my favorite thrift store & found a beauty of a table! Drop leaf, farmhouse table legs, REAL wood. I. died. And for only $18 how on earth could I resist???
Like a true DIY blogger newbie, I do not have a full before photo. I know…what was I thinking? But, here are some before shots as we were dismantling the table in order to sand the whole thing down, replace and tighten screws, and shine up the metal. This table was literally falling apart.
The left side is completely sanded, in comparison to the right side which is the original color. I paid special attention to the top of the table, as this was going to be stained therefore needed to be a clean, sanded surface.
I would like to introduce you to this little guy. He is my hero.
He is attached to a drillbit and turns this:
I would also like to introduce you to my support group—my dad and my manfriend, Kyle.
They pretty much did everything. They were a BIG help.
Without further ado, here it the finished product!
I painted the base (as well as the chairs which I will share in another post) a creamy white (Honeymilk by Valspar) and stained the top in an Ebony stain. Lastly, I distressed the legs and base with my sanding block and applied one coat of Polycrlic to the legs and several coats to the top, sanding in between. I compare Polycrilic to that of a clear, top coat of nail polish; it helps protect what is underneath.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this post and found some inspiration of your own!
See you soon!