I have worked on a lot of pieces of furniture. When I first brought this table home Gary said "What are you going to do with that?". He was not very impressed with it. It was so dark and it looked like it had water damage. The table had been in a basement for years.
When I saw this piece I figured it had been a desk or a hall table. With a little elbow grease and some sanding, I would be able to clean this table up and make it a beautiful once again. What I didn't realize is that the "nice stain" on this piece was actually a thick tar substance. It took me several rounds using stripper and steel wool, then sanding.
At the end of all this work, Gary and I discussed the fate of this piece. After all the sanding was done, we determined that the wood would not be appealing if we just stained it. We decided to paint it and distress it. Since this is a very old piece it only seemed right to go with the General Finishes Antique White and then I distressed it. This piece ended up keeping my hands much busier than I had expected, but I think this piece turned out beautiful. What do you think?
Sarah Clark along with her husband Gary have busy hands. They love to build beautiful crafted furniture. But, they also upcycle from palettes, insulators, cabinets, doors, and old furniture. It is so much fun to make the old into beautiful new pieces. Follow us on our journey.