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olga
« on: September 09, 2008 12:23:17 PM »

I found this side table near a dumpster and took it home. It was a bit broken and had many water rings on the surface. I sanded it down and pondered what to do with it. If the wood is good, I don't usually prefer to paint over it, and the wood was good, but it just didn't call out to be stained. Painting it white was the only thing that felt right.

So I painted, and painted, and varnished, and then glued the little buttons to the rim, then painted some more. After all that I bought car mirrors, and glued them to the table, I needed some texture. But I'm still not sure I like it.

Thanks for looking!

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drrubina
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2008 12:29:29 PM »

please guide me how do you renovate this table i also want to do one
what paint or material to apply . I have one in raw form
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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2008 12:39:54 PM »

oh wow, that is absolutely gorgeous!
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2008 01:02:26 PM »

The ball edging makes a tremendous difference! I love it!
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« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2008 01:13:07 PM »

Ohh! I love it. It's wonderful. tlh
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« Reply #5 on: September 09, 2008 01:14:19 PM »

I love it! Gorgeous. I f you are to add anything to it, i'd add more black, just to go with the edges of the mirrors! But it's great as is
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« Reply #6 on: September 09, 2008 01:32:45 PM »

i like it and the time and effort your put into it did wonders for the table but honestly Im not feeling the mirrors.. not knocking the design because visually its something revolutionary I just think it would create function problems on your table
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2008 06:09:12 PM »

Thank you all for looking and your lovely comments!

To answer your questions,

drrubina - I'm by no means an expert in this renavation field, all I can tell you is what I did and what I used. Once I sanded the table, I decided against priming it, more for the fact that I didn't have any primer around, but also because I felt the raw wood would hold the paint just fine. But I guess if you want to do it right you'd want to prime the whole thing.

I've lately been using spray paints for my furniture. I love the finish that it gives, you just can't get that with a brush. The spray paint I've been using is the kind for painting plastic, the finish is very smooth. But of course the colors are few, so I think next time if I use anything besides white or black, I will just use a plain ordinary spray paint. The primer I used (in a previous project) was also a spray primer (just make sure to get the right primer for the paint you choose, ask an employee if they can help in that department because I'm no expert).

Then you just spray it down, but from what I've learned, spray the whole thing in one go. What I've noticed is if I come back a day later for another coat it will take the innitial shine off the paint, the overspray settles and then it's never the same. After it dries thoroughly (maybe a day), then you can go back and varnish the whole thing. For this table I used a couple of those little foam brushes and a Minwax Clear Glossy Water-Based Polyurothane, 2 coats, about 1.5 hours apart.

Thats about it, if you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask.

bsonlytoots - I completely agree with you, it does need some more black, but every time I tired to add some, it just didn't feel right. This table really was a pain in my bum.

KidWithKemikals - You are totally right as well. My imagination definitely gets in the way of functionality quite often. I agree that it will cause problems on the surface of the table, not only functional but cleaning problems as well. I guess I'll just have to chalk it up to an art table and call it a day Wink
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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2008 10:41:54 AM »

That is such a cute table good job
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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2008 04:16:11 AM »

For what it's worth, I think it turned out great!  Wonderful idea.  Lucky find!
The button trim really took it to the next level. 
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