Pedestal table with cracked top

I actually found this piece at Stars!  It was cheap because the top was nearly split in half.  That’s easy enough to replace and I really liked the turning on the pedestal base.

P1190140Michael found the perfect size round piece in his scrap stash and attached it for me.

P1190141I painted the whole thing my ‘new favorite’ putty color white paint and distressed the base to bring out the pretty turnings.

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Added a painted on stencil design to the top.  Quick and easy!

P1190143Now available for purchase in my booth at Stars.

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ReVamped plant stand

P1140982Found this tall plant stand at the thrift store.

P1140981A couple of fairly DEEP scratches on the top that would require sanding down.

P1140983But the legs were in great shape and would just require a light sanding before painting.

P1140996I talked myself OUT of stenciling a design on the top since the distressing was so dark,  But still . . . it needed a ‘little something’!

P1140995The apron was just wide enough for me to add this stenciled design; which I did on all four sides.

P1140994Sanded along the table top and leg edges too.

P1140997A couple of coats of varnish on the top and it’s done!

P1150139Available to purchase at Stars for $45.00.

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Unfinished wood plant stand.

P1080218As I already mentioned when I first showed you the picture of this plant stand; it’s a real ‘treat’ to find a piece that is UNfinished!   A good percent of the time I spend on refinishing things, IS spent on removing the original finish.   (the only ‘prep’ an unfinished piece might need is to sand off any ‘oily residue’ that may be on the surface from use.)

P1080406Since I had saved so much time by NOT having to prep this piece, I decided to experiment with the finish!  I did a ‘color wash’; which is just watered down paint.  I mixed about 4 parts water to one part paint.  You want it to be as thin as water.  A foam brush or soft fabric rag works best for applying a color wash.  Brush it on and wipe off the excess; similar to how you apply a stain.

P1080405The effect is very similar to a stain.  You get a hint of color, but the wood grain still shows through.  I applied a quick coat of matte varnish to the top; which enhances the grain even more.

P1080407It’s a very subtle finish and quite a change from my usual bright aqua.  But you need to try something NEW and different every so often!  AND I figure if no ones likes it and it doesn’t sell, I can always repaint it if necessary!

P1080418Another ‘bonus’ with this type of finish is that it is super fast and easy which greatly factors into the selling price!   A good part of the price I put on items is ‘for the time’ it took me to refinish it.  With this being such a fast and easy process, I can price this piece extremely reasonably!

P1080419It is available in my booth at Stars for $29.00.  That little “Paris” stool is $17.00.

 

Primitive plant stand updated to shabby chic

The before  photo wouldn’t upload for some reason???  It was a dark mahogany color originally.  A bit more of a modern style that I usually go for, but simple enough lines that just a paint job could transform it to a shabby cottage look.

I did a little bit of prep sanding (orbital sander), two coats of paint then sanded again to distress; for which I also use my orbital sander.

  I use my orbital sander for distressing because it’s faster and easier.  (especially with my bad back!)  But if you don’t have an electric sander, you can distress by hand using a COARSE sanding sponge. 

Why coarse and why a sanding sponge?  Coarse because it works FASTER!  And a sanding sponge  because it’s easier to manuever and handle than a piece if sand paper. 

 The sanding sponges can be a bit pricey (like $3.00 each!) if you go to a big home repair store and buy a single one.  Look for the big bundles of them to go on sale and stock up.  You’ll save in the long run if you do a lot of hand sanding.

I also just found some in a 2 pack at Dollar Tree!!!  And they are every bit as good as the more expensive ones!  You never know how long an item will stay in stock at dollar stores, so again, I suggest stocking up while they have them available.

I just delivered this little stand to Stars yesterday; along with the striped end table and chair.