What if you found this table on the curb? Would you keep on walking? Luckily for me, my friend walked home and called me. She told me to check it out.
Now it didn’t start out looking good when I first saw it but it has good bones. Farmhouse comes to mind and I don’t think any of us are sick of that look yet.
I think the table had been kept on the lanai. The top is warped and coming apart, when I lifted up a corner the whole top came off. No problem, I cleaned it thoroughly and glued the top back on.
I had to do something to the warped top. I played around with tile and wood. There isn’t enough tile to do the top so I cut 3 pieces of pallet wood for the top.
Finally, time to paint. You know I find I really miss working on furniture if I miss a few days. I mixed up a batch of my DIY Chalk Paint recipe in a light green, almost white. You know my favorite recipe, 1 part Plaster of Paris mixed with water and 3 parts paint. Another project I did using this recipe can be seen here. Now you may notice I painted the top even though I am going to plank over it. I wanted to make sure the correct colors show through the cracks in the planks.
I was glad I could unscrew the legs, it makes painting so much easier. Did you notice how I screwed the legs in a scrap piece of wood? Just drill a hole in the scrap lumber and screw the legs into it and paint away.
So after the 1st coat of paint dried I lightly sanded it and wiped it with the tack cloth. The next coat of the DIY chalk paint is a creamy color.
The final step in this process is to sand. I wrapped a piece of sandpaper around a thin sanding sponge to get into the small spots. There is no pretending this is a fine piece of furniture and all I can do is to enhance the rough spots and make it look rustic. I followed no hard and fast rule, I alternated between an 80 grit and 220 grit sandpaper to get the look.
Once I was satisfied I wiped it down with the tack cloth and waxed with a clear wax. Now on to the top.
When I started the project I cut the boards so once the table was painted they were ready to go. I used the wood glue and clamped them down. After the glue dried, I sanded the boards smooth and used the brad nailer to tack down the boards on the ends and middle.
I used a dampened piece of paper towel to wipe the boards and open the grain. Tung oil is the finish of choice. Follow the instructions and you will be pleased with the results. All in all this curbside table turned out pretty good.
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