The Dropleaf Coffee Table
Here is a shot of the whole table which doesn’t look sooo bad until…
…you see this shot of the finish. There are chips in the finish. And white spots I have no explanation as to their origin. Then there are spots where the clear coat even threw in the towel and went off to find a better neighborhood.
I had figured this table was a goner. I had already picked out a new one for the living room. Luckily I am a freak show and I love to strip furniture. Yes, that’s right. I love the possibility of what I may discover. The detail work. And when you use greener, less messy options it becomes a more enjoyable job. But a word of caution – if you too enjoy this activity you cannot say ” I love stripping.” The word ‘furniture’ must be in the sentence or people can get the wrong idea if they overhear. Like your boss.
Out came the SoyGel Paint Stripper for a test spot to see if it was going to be worth the trouble. The left side has been stripped:
So needless to say I figured it was worth the trouble and I stripped the rest of the table. Then I went to work with a Safecoat Durostain in Walnut. I went for a more weathered finish where I stained and sanded a few times to get some depth. Then it got finished off with a wax from Kerf’s.
And here are the results:
It has now been returned to its rightful place in the loving room to be enjoyed once again. And I have to say I didn’t realize how much I missed the ol’ girl.