I've been helping my older daughter furnish her most recent apt., mostly with estate sale and thrift finds. We found this little coffee table at a thrift store for $7 (!) and I refinished it for her. I forgot to take a "before-before" photo, but suffice it to say it was "beat up." I used gel stain with no poly, which is my preferred method. These are during and after; four photos to follow.
Here it is during the stripping process.
1) During strippingThis message has been edited. Last edited by: Nitalynn,
Feb 09, 2013, 07:05 PM
And another "during."
Feb 09, 2013, 07:05 PM
Here is the first "after."
Feb 09, 2013, 07:06 PM
And last "after."
Feb 09, 2013, 07:15 PM
That table came out really nice. Very pretty.
Feb 09, 2013, 07:29 PM
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Feb 09, 2013, 07:39 PM
Wow - if I could "wolf whistle" I would
That came out great!
Feb 09, 2013, 08:21 PM
THANK YOU, always, strings, and jc! I was never able to "wolf whistle" either, jc
Feb 09, 2013, 08:42 PM
out on a limb
that is beautiful!!! I have a table that needs to be re-finished. I just keep putting it off...sigh!
Feb 09, 2013, 09:05 PM
Nitalynn, gorgeous. Love it. Pretty color. What is the stain color?
Out on a limb~ drop your piece off at Nitalynn's.
Feb 09, 2013, 09:30 PM
Minwax Gel Stain, Hickory; and sure, just drop it off here
Feb 09, 2013, 09:44 PM
That looks beautiful, and is such a classy style.
Feb 09, 2013, 10:57 PM
Great buy and a great refinishing job!
Feb 09, 2013, 11:43 PM
That looks great, I hate stripping furniture!
Feb 10, 2013, 01:45 AM
I love the style of the table and your refinishing job is superb!
Feb 10, 2013, 05:15 AM
You did a GREAT refinishing job on that cute table!
Feb 10, 2013, 06:53 AM
You did a wonderful job! I have refinished kitchen cabinets and many pieces of furniture so I know good refinishing work when I see it.
We are all similar in interests but not in likes. I love stripping and refinishing furniture. The results are so very rewarding.
Feb 10, 2013, 10:36 AM
Feb 10, 2013, 11:06 AM
KG in CA
Very nice results! I do not have the patience to do that.
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Oh, thanks again, everyone! I actually DO enjoy the gel staining process; I don't enjoy the stripping process so much...but the results are so rewarding. I stopped using poly because I find it difficult to work with, and I discovered I could get a lovely protective sheen by using 5-6 coats of gel stain.
Feb 10, 2013, 07:58 PM
Great job! Love that style table.
Details pretty please! What type of stripper do you use? Do you sand all the original stain down to bare wood, or does the gel stain cover the old stain? Is this one of those products that goes on the top surface like paint, or does it actually penetrate as a stain?
Feb 10, 2013, 08:08 PM
Great price on the table and awesome job on the refinishing!
Feb 10, 2013, 08:54 PM
Tuesday - questions, questions! I use CitraStrip, and apply as many coats as necessary to remove the old finish. I brush it on with a disposable brush, and then use a scraper, and then paper towels; let dry, repeat as necessary. When the old finish seems to be removed, I clean it with rags and denatured alcohol. If it seems to not be quite stripped (as was the case with this table), I sand with 220 grit sandpaper, and then clean again with denatured alcohol. So yes, I get it down to the bare wood. I then apply the gel stain thickly with a disposable brush, and rag off. Repeat as necessary. The first coat does penetrate (if you've gotten down to bare wood), and then it builds up with each coat. I think you might could use it over an old finish like paint, but I'm not really sure how well it would adhere, and would be more of a "quick fix."
Craftybbq - thanks!
Feb 11, 2013, 08:13 AM
Nitalynn, If you ever decide to do a piece of furniture with grooves, buy a brass bristle brush or two. They really help.
Feb 11, 2013, 09:23 AM
Love the re-do on the table. Looks like you created a soft patina on it.
I love using the Citri Stip too for refinishing.
Great idea to pass along the thrifting and re do bug to our DD's.
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Feb 11, 2013, 09:27 AM
Nice! It looks brand new.
Feb 11, 2013, 12:32 PM
Thanks for the details!
Feb 11, 2013, 12:45 PM
Nice job. The redo looks fabulous.
Feb 11, 2013, 02:43 PM
busyjo - actually I have done grooves, and do have some brass brushes Thanks!
Feb 11, 2013, 02:49 PM
Feb 13, 2013, 12:27 PM
Wow, that turned out great. Congratulations on a job well done.
Feb 13, 2013, 12:40 PM
Your daughter is lucky to have you to help her furnish her home. Great job on the table.
Feb 13, 2013, 03:18 PM
That came out so nice and the price was amazing!
Feb 13, 2013, 03:37 PM
Nice job. Suggestion, if for use as a coffee or end table? Consider a piece of glass cut to fit the top insert. Not very expensive and they will grind the edges so they are not sharp. Use little clear silicone bumps in the corners to keep it just barely off the wood. Then any drink rings or sticky spots can be cleaned off easily.
Even a few favorite photos can be laid under the glass if she likes?
Feb 13, 2013, 09:23 PM
Thanks, kw, seashell, gracie, annie...conrad, that's an idea; I'll ask her if she's interested. I just have to decide at what point to stop on a $7 table - :/ She's a graduate student and we are still partially supporting her, and trying to do everything on as small a budget as possible! But I do appreciate the suggestion and everyone's positive comments
Feb 15, 2013, 03:30 PM
How nice of you! It's lovely
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