This is one of those purchases that I regretted as soon as I walked out of the thrift store.
Perhaps it was the price of $29. Not that it is a high price, but higher than I would normally pay for a piece that needed to be repaired to sell. Or perhaps I somehow knew the transformation would take many different looks and months to complete.
The before picture shown above wasn’t the true before picture. I didn’t take one, because I had no intention of totally transforming the table. The top had a few scratches in the finish. After reading some tutorials online I thought I could fix the scratches easily. Not so. I decided I would carefully sand the top so I wouldn’t have to pull out the stripper.
Bad choice. I sanded too deep in a few spots. And because I was doing this in the bright sunlight, I didn’t even notice until it was too late. Plan B was to paint the table. Since my clock face coffee table sold right away, I decided to do something similar. This time I decided to make a compass face coffee table.
This is going to be soooo cool right. WRONG! I was out of chalk paint, so I decided to make my own. Rather that carefully measuring out the ingredients, I just threw them together till I got the consistency I wanted then set to work.
When I removed the decals I really didn’t love the look. I loved the look of the decal, but not the finished product. None-the-less, I cleaned up my lines a bit and waxed it. That is when I discovered something went wrong with the chalk paint. The wax would NOT buff out. I waited days, even weeks but the wax just never seemed to be anything other than gummy.
So I finally had to pull out the stripper and get rid of the paint.
For my last and final attempt I painted with milk paint, sanded and distressed it.
After this much effort, I wasn’t about to spend the extra time putting a clock-face or compass on it, even though I’m pretty certain it would have been a good use of my time because I would get a higher price for it.
The truly sad fact is, I think this is a Lane Coffee Table. Had I just pulled out the stripper to begin with, it wouldn’t have taken long to strip, stain and re-seal it. And I would have been able to put an even bigger price tag on it.
But all these month’s later, I am just thrilled to move it out of my house!