Young and Crafty Sisters: The Thorn In My Side... Sofa Table Redo

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Thorn In My Side... Sofa Table Redo

.... has finally been removed.

(Warning, looong post)

You see, I have this lacqured sofa table.


Here's what it looked like during the fall. Dark, very dark


I got the, er, genius idea that I was going to refinish this table back in, oh, the summer. I wasn't worried about ruining it because I got it on Craigslist for $30. It matches my coffee and end tables perfectly. However, I was so over the lacquer. You see, I had a dream of a beautiful stained top on the table with white distressed/glazed legs. I knew it was going to be work. I mean we're talking lacquer here.
That stuff is THICK.

So here's how I started:


I first started off by remvoing these lovely shells.


I've used Citristrip before and it works amazing wonders. Not to mention it smells good. Apply a generous amount and let it sit for awhile.


Eventually it will start to bubble up and you can start scrapping it off.


Ummmm, we have a problem. This was after one coat. Almost nothing came off! So I got online and read about how to remove lacquer. They said that I would need a combo of lacquer thinner and denatured alcohol. Of course Lowes was out of denatured alcohol the 10 times I went to get it! Well I tried this whole combo together and I got nothing but high from all the fumes! I seriously tried everything. I went back and forth between the lacquer thinner/denatured alcohol mix to the Citristrip. I scraped until my arms were sore.

And there this table sat in the garage for months. The hubs would mention it every time we went somewhere. He was determined that I was crazy from the get go to tackle this one. I, on the other hand, was determined that I would prove him wrong!


After my long hiatus from this project, I finally got my butt back in the garage. I got the sander out and attacked that thing like a crazy person! If you've read this blog long, you know that I loathe sanding.


After 4 coats of primer, 2 coats of white paint, glazing and 2 coats of poly, I'm glad to say that I have FINALLY finished!!


I used the same glazing technique that I used on this chair.


I threw the stained top idea out the window. I decided that the wood was just not the right type. No amount of sanding could get it down to the natural wood.


I absolutely LOVE the was the glaze makes the distressing look!


I'm so glad to have my table back, and looking so stylish too :)
Now I need to figure out how to accesorize it!


I think it's a pretty amazing transformation. I planned on doing the coffee and end tables but now... I'm not so sure that's in the future plans!


Have you ever redone lacquered furniture?