Friday, October 8, 2010

Oak Sideboard

This cute piece was purchased at my favorite thrift shop. It's made by Lane Furniture~solid oak and sturdy, but showing signs of wear on the top. 

Since it was such nice wood, I decided I wanted to keep the table top wood exposed.  I sanded it down really well on the top with my sander using 80 grit to get all the finish off.   Then I went to a 120 grit to 220 until it was nice and smooth.  Of course I also sanded the bottom part, too, but I wasn't concerned about getting the finish off.  I used the 80 grit there and 120 grit anywhere I had to sand by hand. 

I primed with two coats of Kilz Clean Start that has no VOC ~ Did I mention I can be a bit sloppy?

I did a light sanding after the primer dried, but unlike the oil-based primers I've used, not much stuff came off - it made me wonder if I even needed to sand at this point.

Next I stained the top of the table with Minwax stain in Dark Walnut.

It was here that things got a bit ugly.  After I put on a second coat of stain, it just looked, well, crappy.  Blotchy.  So I sanded as much off as I could and tried it again.  Same outcome.   Enter change of plans.  I decided that this table was going to have a weathered looking top.  :)  I sanded one last time to try to even it out as much as possible and called it good.  Next time I think I'll use a wood conditioner before staining. 

Now it was time for two coats of Behr Ultra Powdered Snow on the bottom portion of the table.
This paint is pretty thick - sometimes I just add a little water.  I usually roll the paint on with a mini high density roller when I can, and then brush on the other areas. 

Usually at this point I use my RL glaze, but I have been wanting to try a minwax stain to antique instead.  When Miss Mustand gave her tutorial here, I knew I had to try it!

I pulled out the same Dark Walnut stain again.  I just used a cloth, dipped it into the stain and rubbed it directly onto the piece.  I'm sure a sponge brush would work awesome, too, and would get into the nooks and crannies better, but I didn't have one handy.  I followed Miss Mustard's directions, especially about making sure no visible lines are left from the stain. 

I REALLY liked this method.  For me it wasn't as messy as the glaze, but I know some people swear by the glaze.  I will definitely do it this way with the stain again! 

I loved the little original pulls and was for sure going to reuse them.  They were a bit too gold for me, so I primed and then sprayed them with Rustoleum hammered brown spray paint.

Quite nice!

For the table top finish, I applied two coats of Minwax Wipe On Poly.  This stuff works great because there are no brush marks.

O.K., this is how it turned out!

The "weathered" A.K.A  "I give up" top!

Cute hammered brown pulls

All ready to go!


Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

What a difference...looks great! And your paint cans look just like mine, HA!

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Thanks a bunch!

Midwest Cottage said...

BEAUTIFUL!! I just love it. You earned me as a follower.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Hi Kim, Thanks so much for stopping by Elizabeth & Co and leaving such a nice comment. And I'm even more honored to be on your list of favs. I love what you are doing here. You are a girl after my own heart. Don't you just love finding a piece of furniture in need of a little love. You are doing great work and I'm your newsest follower. Can't wait to see what you do next! ~Sharon

Michelle said...

I LOVE how this turned out. I'm so jealous, I never find furniture like this!!

- Michelle @ Bunch of Craft

bradley said...

Is this for sale? LOVE IT!

Ralna said...

You did an amazing job! Love this piece! :)

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Thanks all for stopping by my little blog! I so appreciate all the nice comments! Bradley~ yes, it is still for sale! :)

Chrissie said...

This is a great transformation. I love those knobs, so perfect for this piece!

Green Willow Pond said...

Love this piece! That color is so pretty...even the name...powdered snow. It looks like it has bit of gray to it from the pictures. Is that so? I love those pulls too! I am a new follower :)

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Deborah Lynn,
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! The paint color is pretty much just a slightly off white. I never noticed the gray to it, maybe just the pic! :)

Shannon said...

Oh my!!! I LOVE it! Where oh where did you get those pulls? Lovin your blog.

Shannon said...

Oh and girl, I homeschool my three little munchkins too!

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Thanks, Shannon,
The pulls were the original ones! I loved them, too! Wow, you are busy, homeschooling 3!!!

Shannon said...

Wow, that was lucky!!! And yes homeschooling three is busy but fun!

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