FINALLY!! I finished the tables, yay! I'm pretty happy with they way they turned out, and it was a learning experience. So here is what they look like all finished, and I will walk you through the rest, or you can just skip it:) BEWARE- Picture overload :)
So, remember these ugly things? I bought them from Craigslist for 60 bucks, and paid an extra 20 for them to be delivered. Not too bad, but I probably should have talked them down. I know oak can be nice, but I'm just not into it. These babies also needed some love put back in their lives. :) (Don't mind the ugly green carpet! I would totally change it if I owned this place haha!)
As you can see they were well used. I just sanded them, which took awhile but it was worth it. I used 220 grit sand paper.
I first sprayed them with Valspar in Labador Brown. Note to self: always buy more paint then they tell you to buy!! Since this was my first project I asked how much I needed and the guy told me one can each... nope... I ended up using 3 cans of this brown and close to using a forth since the top wasn't coming out even, but I skipped it since it was just the base coat.
I like that color as is. Looks really nice and I made sure to use a flat paint:)
I wanted to go for an airy feel though and something softer. Most of the furniture in the apartment is in the brown and tan family, so these are a nice change. I used Valspar Baby Blue in satin. I wanted to go for more of a robbins egg blue but I wasn't able to find anythig like it, of course until I had to go pick up more paint! So it was too late by then. I used four cans of the blue. You can't tell in the picture but the tops of they tables came out spotty (again) since spray paint doens't come out too even, I did alot of sanding after it was dry which helped alot but they are still there. I think I have something in mind for them but I can't tell you just yet. If I go through with it then it will be another post:)
In this photo you can see that I did some distressing. I didn't want to do too much, just a little. So now you can see why I did the brown first, I knew I wanted to distress a little but I didn't want the oak to show through, I wanted a nicer darker brown to come through. So a little bit of sanding did the trick and I got the look I was hoping for. Since it was my first time ever using spray paint I wasn't sure if sanding it would take off all the layers, but it didn't! Yay. I'm so happy I went with it!
Like the flowers? :)
So what do you think about them? Have you refinished any furniture lately?
We have a dinning table to do next!! Thats my boyfriends job though ;)
Thank you for stopping by, hope you enjoyed!!