Monday, May 14, 2012
The $6 Table---Finished!
I've had many requests to "put up pictures of the [$6] table already!" so on my day off I've finally gotten a hand dragging it outside to photograph. Unfortunately it was a bit overcast and I couldn't get help carrying it past the driveway, but the pictures should give you a decent idea of what it currently looks like.
The last pictures you saw had it in an awkward state--the top was sanded and stained but not sealed and the apron and legs had been painted Antibes green, which looked really tacky in my opinion.
My next step was to lay on 3 coats of polyurethane over the course of a few days, having to sand between each layer (will I never be done sanding this table??)
In between layers of polyurethane and bouts of frustrated sanding, I worked on dark waxing the chalk paint. It went on really nicely, but I got a bit carried away and it began to look generally dingy. To remedy this, I strategically wiped off dark wax using a rag with clear wax.
I spent quite a while trying to get the apron/legs just how I liked them (and more importantly, even), but after way too much wipe on/wipe off action I had to just accept that the legs would never be exactly the same (or even nearly so at my hand). I'm also still not perfectly satisfied with the smoothness of the top, it isn't as flawless as I had hoped, but after being told by many admirers that it is quite smooth and having impressed my toughest furniture critic, the bf, I think I'm going to call this table done. At least for now.
So here is how it looks all finished up...
Overall I'm pretty pleased with the piece, I think Duck Egg (greenish blue) would have looked really nice with the warm, dark wood but I like the green a lot, too. Also, the response to the new-and-improved $6 table has been really positive, which is always a great feeling. All I can say is that I never, ever, EVER want to sand this thing again.
Hope you like it! I always appreciate feedback, so whether you think it's awesome or hideous I'd love to hear what you think. I have enjoyed the comments, emails, and people dropping by/bringing people by to see it! Keep it coming :)