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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Getting Closer...

I've come to the conclusion that re-doing all this furniture that I've picked up the last few weeks is a one step forward, two steps back type of deal.  I'm pretty much in a love/hate relationship with refurbishing stuff.

If all I had to do during the day was completely focus on the fun furniture stuff I want to accomplish, I'd be in heaven.  Alas, real life intrudes often in the form of dishes, laundry, homework, sports practices...  You know, like having to eat.  Details, Schm-etails.

Just so you don't think I'm not accomplishing a darn thing, I've decided to post some of my progress so far.  Since I'm currently waiting the 2-6 hours for wood filler to dry (for the SECOND time), I have nothing better to do.  :P

You might remember the pair of nightstands of my father that I posted a couple of weeks ago:

Here they are today:

Stripped, sanded, and waiting on me to prime and paint them.  Although some residual stain remains, since I'm painting them, I'm not too worried about it.  I got all the poly off, so the paint will adhere well.

Remember the Craigslist rocking chair?

Here she is today:

My first attempt at using liquid sander and deglosser.  Gotta say I luh-ove it!  The varnish on this chair was so old, it was black in places.  Of course, I didn't get it all completely off, but again, I'm painting and distressing it, so no worries.  My remedy for the laminate that was coming off chair back, was to thinly smooth a wood filler over it and sand it level.  I wasn't completely satisfied with the first attempt, so I'm currently waiting on my 2nd attempt to dry.  I think I got it too thin, so I didn't have enough to work with when it came time to sand.  I have to admit I kind of pouted because I was looking forward to getting my primer on this morning.

Remember these end tables?

Here they are today:

Now, I have to admit I'm scratching my head over these two.  I put the liquid sander and deglosser on them and well, it didn't seem to do anything.  I scratched them up pretty good with some sand paper, but the surface still feels smooth.  I'm not quite sure if they're going to take the primer or not.  I know that they're solid wood in places, I think the main flat surfaces are probably pressed wood.  So, this morning I'm going to surf the net and figure out what I should do with this.  Anyone have any ideas?  I certainly don't want to waste a bunch of time painting them, only to have the paint peel off.  I know I saw something about something like this somewhere, but do you think I can remember where I read it at?  Urrrrrrrr....

And as for this:

Yep.  Pretty much still looks like that, except its sitting in the mudroom screaming at me to do something with it every time I walk in the door.  Maybe I'll sand it today.  I've got to accomplish something!

Blah...  Blah...  Blah...  :P


Carmie of the Single Nester said...

I have two similar end tables. They are still brown but am thinking about white or turquoise. Thanks for your kind thoughts about Irene - that bitch!

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