My Other Hobby

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First, I have to apologize for not posting too much lately. There are two main reasons for that. The first is that my son dropped my laptop and the screen cracked. It’s taken almost a month to get a new screen and get it installed. Now I can’t really completely blame him. That poor laptop has fallen off the coffee table more times than I can count (usually my fault). He was just lucky enough to be the one who dropped it when it broke.

The other reason is that I have been working hard on another hobby of mine – furniture refinishing. I don’t do it often because it requires a prolonged amount of time, for me anyway, to commit and I don’t often have that luxury. If you’ve been to my house, you’ve seen various projects in the works. I used to put them in the garage when I wasn’t able to get to them, but out of sight, out of mind. Now I leave them out in the open and sooner or later they shame me into taking them on. Or my very handy furniture-building friend comes over and says – “What the hell is that supposed to be?”

So back in July I took a trip to the Habitat ReStore in Delray Beach and found this coffee table for $25. It wasn’t a great table, but I liked the shape of it. And my living room really needs a table so I decided to give it a go. Here it is when I first brought it home. It looks better in the picture than it actually was.

OriginalTable

The two chairs you see in the background are my next projects. They’ll probably look like this for a little while. :-)

I love the look of country French with the wood top and cream base with glaze applied to give an aged appearance, and I thought this little table would look nice done up like that. The base came out pretty close to how I pictured it, but the top was a different story. There was a spot where the veneer was worn all the way through, and even though I used the stainable wood filler, it never took the stain like the rest of the table and was just glaringly awful. I stripped it down and started over twice, but I just could not get it to look good. We  joked about putting a vase over it, but it would have really bugged me knowing it was there.

So I did the next best thing – a faux finish.  Here is the table in its finshed state. It needs to cure a little before I put a coat of poly on it for protection.

FinishedTable
Now no one’s ever going to mistake it for stained wood, but I think it looks pretty good.  Here’s a closeup of the top:
TableTop

I do want to get a rug to put underneath so the table legs don’t blend into the tile. As a side note, I was happy that the living room photographed pretty well. And then I looked closer at the sofa and realized I had failed to move a motherboard from an old computer that my son stuck on one of the pillows. O well, that’s life at our house – we are always tearing apart old things and creating something new out of them.

Now that my laptop is working again, I’ll be back soon with more stamping. Thanks for indulging me. :-)