I FOUND THIS TRASHED LIBRARY TABLE AND TURNED IT INTO A SEQUOIA TREASURE | YOUTUBE VIDEO
Hello creative friends and thanks for joining me for Trash To Treasure Tuesday! I found this trashed library table walking my Gidgy last week. I wasn’t sure if I should take it because it was in pretty rough shape. But you all convinced me – a big thanks to every one of you who chimed in on Facebook when I posted this video curbside!
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Here’s the library table I started with. The gentleman who owned it saw me loading it into my FUV (Furniture Utility Vehicle ;)) and came out to give me a hand – super sweet man. He said it had been sitting in his basement for the last 25 years and he was so pleased someone was taking it.
I’m always excited to rescue these awesome pieces.
These classic barley-twist legs. Aren’t they gorgeous!?
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WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Library Table – SALVAGED
White Lightning Cleaner
Water Misting Bottle
Sequoia Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint
Coffee Bean Chalk Mineral Paint
PAINTING A LIBRARY TABLE
Here’s how this old library table all came together…
I started by giving this wooden library table a super thorough cleaning. I sprayed it with White Lightning Cleaner and used a Dollar Store brush and sponge to get into all the crevices. I made sure to use another sponge rinsed in clean water to wipe off all the residue.
Once it was clean and dry, I used a screwdriver to unscrew the top boards from the bottom. An easy way to get access to all the screws is to place the table upside down on its top. I used my workbench so it was a comfortable height to work on.
Once I had the top boards removed from the base, it was easy to sand. Using my Bosch Orbital Sander and 150 grit sandpaper, I sanded the body. The spindles were scuff-sanded by hand. The top was in two pieces so I decided to glue them up and piece them back together. I started by sanding both sides and smoothing out all the scratches as best as possible. Sanding with the 150 also smoothed out the old finish. Then I made sure to sand the glue and residue off the sides of the boards where they were originally attached. This creates a fresh clean start for a glue-up.
This is why I LOVE rescuing these curb-shopped pieces. It provides me the opportunity to learn and try new things that I may otherwise not try.
I thought it would be nice to keep everything original. I brought out my large furniture clamps and set them up on my work table. Then I applied wood glue to both edges and ran my finger across the bead of glue to ensure the entire surface was covered. I pressed the two boards together and clamped. Can you see what went wrong in the image below? It’s kinda funny but kinda not…lol.
I knew these boards were a little off but I didn’t think it would be this noticeable of a gap! What I learned – If you’re gluing up boards, make sure they are 100% perfectly straight!
PAINTING WITH SEQUOIA
Okay, a lesson learned, and NOW onto the FUN PART! I decided to paint this library table in this brand-new Sequoia SILK paint. This is a color request from an email I received last week from a member of our #sifamily – Angee! Thanks Angeeeee! This color is one of seven from the brand-new National Parks Collection. If you missed last week’s makeover using one of these NEW collection colors, you can see it here!
ANTIQUING WITH PAINT
Once I applied two coats of Sequoia and let it dry, it looked too one-dimensional to me – a little perfect for an old vintage piece. Plus there were so many imperfections on this piece, that I decided to HIGHLIGHT them.
Here’s how I created an antique finish using some Coffee Bean ‘distressing’…
- I randomly dry-brushed on some Coffee Bean Paint.
- Using a spray mister bottle, I wet the paint to keep it workable.
- With a damp sponge, I spread the dark paint in the direction of the grain working in sections.
- I made sure I liked the look. If not I sponged off a little more.
- Using a shop cloth, I wiped back the antiquing until I was happy with the look.
- The antiqued end result!
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RESTYLED LIBRARY TABLE
Here’s the finished look.
What do you think?! I love this Sequoia Red for the table.
It’s been a while since I’ve created a distressed/vintage-painted piece. I love doing these fun finishes. It’s freeing just being able to get into the ‘paint groove’ and enjoy. Painting can be so therapeutic and relaxing.
And what do you think of these legs?!
The dark antiquing highlights all the imperfections in this piece beautifully. She’s rustic, vibrant, and has a TON of character.
And here’s a look at the original boards glued together and refinished.
The Coffee Bean highlights all the imperfections including the glue-up. I think it blends it nicely.
I can’t wait to hear what you think of this NEW LOOK!
Here’s the full step-by-step YouTube tutorial. Our #siyoutubefamily is already a community of 43.4K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
And now for some Trash To Treasure FUN!
You’re going to LOVE what my creative Trash To Treasure ladies do! 🙂 Below are the BEFORE photos. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek as well! x
5. SALVAGED INSPIRATIONS (HAPPY YOU’RE HERE!)
Here’s another look at this trash-to-treasure library table before and after. I won’t be selling this one but I hope it’s inspired you and given you some ideas for your painted furniture projects!
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS TRASHED LIBRARY TABLE MAKEOVER OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy painting my friends!
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