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One of the favorite corners of my house involves one of the most unique tables. People always ask where it came from and how much it cost. Little do they know that it was a $10 find at the local thrift shop.
If you love thrifting as much as I do, you know that once in a while you come across a great piece of furniture that is in not so great of shape. I encountered this a few weeks back. Found a beautiful Brown Saltman, mid-century corner table! It had lots of scratches and bumps everywhere, not to mention the many water stains, but i couldn't see my life without it. It seemed impossible to restore it to its natural wood color, so I decided to give it a pop of color and have it match our decor. Make a 1950's piece a little more modern.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
An old, beat up piece of furniture that you can't live without.
Small power sander (if you're a trooper, go at it by hand)
Primer (i recommend KILZ if you are using spray primer or ZINSSER if you want to use a brush or roller)
Spray Paint in your favorite color (make sure you decide if you want a gloss or matte finish)
Sealer (I like KILZ complete)
An old rag or if possible a hand held vacuum
A big, open space and lots of patience!
Step 1: Clean. Sand. Clean.
First thing first, wet that old rag and give your table a good cleaning before doing anything to it. Try and get rid of as many stains as possible. Once that is done, take your sander and attack those larger stains and scratches first, making sure you dont create new grooves on edges. I found that doing this by hand is possibly the best way and more efficient since you can control the space you sand. Be patient, don't apply too much pressure to your sanding so that you dont create new scratches. Also, if your table has round legs, they will need to be sanded by hand. Once all of your bigger stains have been reduced, give your table another cleaning and vacuum up all that dust if you can. This will help see the areas where you need your power sander to do more work.