I mustache you a question…

I mustache you a question...“I mustache you a question. Do you like my refurb?” Lol, shameless, I know.

Not all refurb projects are back-breaking. In fact, there wasn’t much to this little table.

I’d say the worst part was cleaning up all the filth. I found it at a garage sale a few weeks back. Now, normally the color of peach would make me feel a little yuck, but the color wasn’t the most nauseating part, this table was covered in ashes and grime. I still can’t get over someone actually offering something up for sale that had so much muck on it… But, then again, it didn’t stop me from buying it. So, I guess I’m the one off her rocker.

I cleaned the whole table with a degreaser (Windex is also awesome) to remove all the grime, tightened up the bolts on one of the legs, and gave it a good once over with ye’ole palm sander. I wiped the sanding dust off with a damp cloth and after it dried gave it 2 coats of white latex paint. After the white paint dried I drew on a mustache and painted it black.

My favorite part is always the end of a project… You know the part where you take something old, paint it to look new and then distress it on purpose, lol. I guess it’s just what I do. I again, took the palm sander and went over the entire piece, mustache and all, paying special attention to the corners and edges, wiped clean and finished with a quick, wipe on – wipe off coat of Early American stain.

Now it can have a new funky life.

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Refurbing ’round the clock…

Garage Sale Tabe After 2Garage Sale Table AfterGarage Sale Table BeforeTurning this old table into a faux clock is probably my most favorite refurb project of all time.

I picked this table up at a garage sale… It wasn’t in the best shape, as you can see in the before pictures, it had been the canvas to some kid’s crayon art and also had some water damage.

No worries, we scraped off all the yuck (and probably a little gum too) and used a hand-sander to remove what was left of the lacquer coating. Next, we used a cloth and some Windex to wipe the surface clean.

I painted the base black and top white with regular latex paint. The fun part was the lettering. To do this I enlisted my daughter and we went back to our grade school art memories, the old “pencil-rub” technique. First, we printed off the numbers and letters on plain copy paper (make sure to set the printer to fast/draft, no need to waste ink, also make sure to print in reverse so your letters won’t be backwards). Next, we aligned the copy paper and used painter’s tape to keep it in position. Then we used a dull pencil to scribble on the backs to rub the image off on to the painted surface. After we had transferred enough of the image for a guide we removed the copy paper and used a paint pen to trace and fill.

To finish this project we sanded the entire table, even going over the lettering to give the over all piece an aged look, wiped clean and applied a coat of stain. The stain added to the look, by bringing out the wood in the exposed areas and dulling the bright white to a more vintage cream color. Lastly, we added a coat of paste wax, ironically, to help preserve the intentional aging, lol.

The table came with 3 chairs, 2 were salvageable, so we painted them solid black and completed the same aging process as above.

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