Saturday, May 28, 2011

Staining End Table Number Two

It is now time to get started on staining end table number two. This one is going to be a little bit harder because there are some designs on it. I think this table was in rougher condition than the first one.




As you can see from the picture, there are a couple of spots where there are holes in the stain. Plus there were some good scratches on it from the cat trying to use it as a clawing post.








This is what the table looked like after I sanded it using a sander. The red spots that you are seeing is the original color of the table. It has been painted over several times. After smoothing it out, it is time to put the beige paint on.






As you can tell from the picture, I need to put a second coat of the beige paint on it. The red that was underneath is bleeding through. If I don't put a second coat on, it will bleed through on the stain and will look horrible. You would be able to tell where the red was and to me I wouldn't be happy with that kind of job.










Looking at the second picture you can tell that the red is no longer bleeding through by adding the second coat of beige paint. The table looks great and is ready to being staining.






I'm not pleased with the first coat of stain, as you can tell I made a little bit of a mistake and you can see a difference. Instead of using one long strong I used two medium ones and it started drying, therefore making that dark to light difference you can see.




By adding the second coat of stain, it made the dark to light spot better. You can still see it but it isn't as noticeable. The table looks a lot better now and once again I'm pleased with my work.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Staining End Table Number One.

As I was looking at my end tables in my living room, I noticed how bad they were looking. There was no way that I could afford to get new end tables, so I decided that I would try to stain them. I have stained furniture before and have enjoyed it. So I thought that I would try it again. After deciding on a color I got to work.


This is what the end table looked like before I did anything to it. As you can tell it was getting to look pretty worn out and run down. The stain was chipping and scratched. It was time to give this table new life.











Here is the table after I sanded it. It took about ten minutes to sand using a sander. I wanted to get as much as I could off with the sander. Not all of the old paint and stain came off, so I made sure that it was smooth, so it wouldn't peel.







Here is the table after the first coat of beige paint. You could still see some of the old paint and stain underneath, so I decided that it would be wise to put a second coat of beige on the table.










As you can see, the table looks a lot better after the second coat of beige paint was put on it. You can see none of the old color or stain showing through. Now I can begin staining.








Here is the table after the first coat of stain was put onto it. If you look closely you can see some of the beige showing through, so I get to put a second coat of stain on it. The stain I used was Minwax Polyshades in #375 American Chesnut Satin.





Here is my lovely table after the second coat of stain. I'm pleased with the way that it turned out. As you can tell the table looks a lot better and it "almost" looks brand new.

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