Hi guys! Have you ever come across a piece of furniture that has SO many layers of lord knows what on the top – it seems near impossible to get off? Well, just wait till you see this baby… this magazine rack table has that and M*O*R*E!
For today’s makeover, I’m sharing one of my “secret-tips” with you. It totally goes against the grain but works wonders… and it doesn’t include using smelly strippers….
This is what we started with along with a close up of the top. My sister dropped off this cutie to refinish for her. Plastic doilies, glued on magnets, not to mention umpteen layers of topcoat!
Here’s the cleaned-up version. What do you think? Wouldn’t this be perfect holding bathroom towels, toiletries or magazines, or maybe a plant stand!?
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FALL STYLE MAGAZINE TABLE MAKEOVER::
After trying to get all these layers off with chemical strippers, I ended up using my trusty orbital sander, which I couldn’t live without btw! If you do any type of DIY projects of furniture makeovers, you need one of these!
The golden rule for sanding wood is to sand with the grain.
That said, here’s my secret tip. When I’m working with something out of the ordinary and I need to be extra aggressive, I SAND AGAINST THE GRAIN!
Sanding against the grain with a low grit sandpaper (I used 80 grit) will remove anything in its path. The key to making this technique work is once my topcoat is all sanded off, I smooth the bare wood by sanding with the grain – slowing working up to higher grits until the wood is perfectly smooth again. I used 80 grit (against the grain) and then used 120 and 220 sanding with the grain.
By the time I start staining, the wood is perfectly smooth.
Another quick-tip – when I want to cut down on red undertones in a wood, I like to use a weathered wood stain color. Depending on how many coats you use (I only used one coat on this table top) it helps cut down on some of the red and orange undertones.
I see different styles of magazine tables at thrift stores all the time and they’re usually selling for next to nothing. Because these tables are easy to find and inexpensive, they make for a great “build your confidence project” if you want to practice on a particular painting style or technique… without the guilt of mucking up! 🙂
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS ON HOW TO REMOVE LAYERS OF TOPCOAT? I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR QUESTIONS AND/OR TIPS AND WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS MAGAZINE TABLE MAKEOVER. FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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