Last month I shared the World's Largest Coffee Table that I did for my Aunt Leann. When we dropped the new table off, Leann was super awesome and offered her old coffee table to me.
She has great taste. This table was constructed from hardwood and even had ball casters under the feet. The table was beautiful originally, but it was used to store toys and had seen some serious wear and tear from the grand kids. Besides the scratches and dings, one of the baskets was crushed and held together with packing tape. Obviously, I was going to have to come up with replacements.
I could have sworn that I had photos of the steps but when I looked for them, they were nowhere to be found. I did find this photo documenting why we need a larger garage.
I had a LOT of trouble with this one! I knew the orange-ish wood was going to have some serious tannin bleeding, so I started with 2 coats of Zinsser Cover-Stain, oil-based primer.
I have never had this stuff not work... till now. Some of the scratches had previously been covered with a furniture touch-up pen. Apparently, that stuff will NEVER cover! I tried 3 more coats of a different, stain-covering primer and I still had red streaks bleeding through. Arg!!!
After desperation, I decided to think outside the box and I found a solution! Clear nail polish. It's not a practical solution for a whole piece, but it worked like a champ for sealing the furniture touch-up pen. I just made sure to brush a very thin coat over the entire offending area, let it dry, and sprayed 2 coats of cottage-white, latex paint. I then brushed on 3 coats of PAS to seal everything.
To tackle the broken basket issue, I decided to make a pair of pallet wood crates. I'm really happy with the way the finish turned out. It reminds me of a couple tables from World Market. I've got a tutorial coming up for the crate and the finish. (UPDATE: Find the crate tutorial here)
I chose not to glaze or distress this one. The details of the table were so pretty, I didn't want to take away from the classic lines.
So what do you think? Check it out under the shop tab.