Young and Crafty Sisters: 03/02/11

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?

CSN Stores WINNER and Little About Me!

First off, the winner of the CSN Stores giveaway is...

Pxilated who said they like to make ice cream. Cream + cold = Yum.

Congrats! Please contact me at youngancrafty @ within 48 hours!

Secondly, I just want to say thank you to everyone who gives me an award! I truly appreciate you thinking of me, however, I cannot post every single time I receive one!

That being said, Courtney over at Diamond in the Stuff (who is one of my all time favorite bloggers and one of the craftiest people I know) tagged me to do a 4x4 of ME! I thought this one was fun and that maybe you would like to know a little more about me. I love reading about other bloggers personal lives as well as seeing their craftiness.

4 Places I go:

1. Work - a necessary evil. I work full time for a bank.

2. School - necessary evil number two. I am in school to get my Specialist in School Psychology degree. This semester I'm taking 6 hours.

3. Goodwill- I visit here whenever I get the chance!

4. Hobby Lobby - What can I say? I love the Hob Lob!

4 Of My Favorite Smells:

1. Fresh cut grass

2. A fire

3. Cinnamon

4. My husband (he always smells good!)

4 Recommendations:

1. Cherish the ones you love and tell them how much they mean to you.

2. Laugh! At yourself, with others, just laugh! It's the cure all :)

3. Do what you love! Whatever it may be, you have to have something that you do just for you.

4.  Don't stay angry long. Ask yourself if it's really that big of deal? Most of the time, it's not.

I'm not gonna pass this on, but if you'd like to do it, go for it! Leave me a comment with your link and I'll check it out!