If you’ve read some of my blog posts you know that I paint pretty much everything in my home. It’s not uncommon for me to paint things multiple times. So imagine my surprise when I decided to NOT paint a table. A few weeks ago, when my mom was visiting, I took her to a local second hand furniture store with me. (Most people take their mom out to a nice lunch when they visit – not a second hand furniture store.) I was looking for some solid pieces of furniture that I could paint and add to my retail space. I came across this beautiful wood round table with a very solid and gorgeous barrel base. The table had been well used in its prior life and most of the finish on the top of the table was wore off. I paid $35 for the table and considered that a great deal!
Once I got the table home, I started thinking of all of the ways that I could paint the table so that I could sell it. I considered painting stripes on it (one of my favorite painting trends), whitewashing it or painting it a bold color and then distressing it. I even considered painting a checkerboard pattern on it. I couldn’t decide what to do with it so I decided to sand it down. Regardless of which paint treatment I decided, sanding was the necessary first step. I usually only use sanding blocks or sand paper, but because this was a bigger piece, I used my electric sander. After I had used the electric sander to take the finish off, I used a fine grit sand paper to smooth out the top of the table.
After I had sanded the table, I absolutely fell in love with the rustic look of the wood in its natural state. Once I had sanded it, I knew two things: first, that I was NOT going to paint the table, and second, I was NOT going to sell the table. After I wiped down the table to remove the sanding dust, I applied a light coat of oil to protect the wood and moved it into my entry way. This was the best $35 that I have spent in a long time. And, I didn’t have to clean paint out of any paint brushes when I was done. I consider that a pretty good deal.