I am always on the lookout for interesting looking furniture, and my local facebook marketplace is one of the best places to look. There is always someone getting rid of furniture that they no longer want, and most of the time it is free. But saying that the free furniture is usually in very poor shape. The previous owner had started to sand the table but gave up for some reason and gave the table away.
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I loved the style of the table and even though it looked in bad shape it was easy to fix. This is one of those projects that are very quick and you can make extra money on them. I used an orbital sander to remove the old stain and varnish. I started with 120 grit sanding discs and ended with 240 grit sanding discs. There were a few large dents in the wood. I used a wet cloth and an old iron to steam out the dents. This works great the moisture from the wet cloth and the heat from the iron makes the wood swell up again. The legs were a bit harder to sand because of the shape so I had to sand them by hand.
I stained the surface using a dark mahogany stain which is my favourite colour for furniture, it is so bright and vibrant. I added a coat of clear oil based polyurethane. The hardware came with the table they were just a bit rusty. To remove the rust I soaked them for 24 hours in white vinegar and the rust just wiped off, that is a great tip to pass on. I used a gloss black spray paint to spray the hinges and drawer pull. The table did look great but a little bit boring.
I wanted to add some Chinese lettering to the top because I felt it looked a little oriental in style. I ordered some vinyl decals off eBay but when they arrived they were very big. I decided to just add a few of the letters as decoration. I have no idea what it says so hopefully, it is nothing bad. At the same time, I was doing a wine barrel table using the same technique. I have added epoxy resin to the top of my wine barrel table and had way too much resin. So I dashed out and brought this table in and added the leftover epoxy resin to this table.
The colour of the table just popped it looked awesome. I took the table outside so you could see the real colour of the wood. The longest part of this makeover was waiting for the epoxy resin to dry. I posted it for sale for $200 and it sold in minutes, the new owner loved it. Another project you might like DIY steampunk epoxy resin doorknob/drawer pulls.
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