The Fire Engine Red Table

I was wracking my brain trying to come up with a catchy title for this post, but I just couldn't think of one!  I have mush brain!  I'm back from a week of sun and relaxation in southern Florida and I have to admit I'm having a tough time getting back into the groove!  I spent most of my time lying on a beach bed reading 3 books.  I haven't done that for a long time.  I've only been back not even a full 24 hours so I guess I should give myself some time to acclimate I guess!

The weekend before I went on vacation I went to a tag sale in a town nearby and bought a few small items.  I realize I have a dresser obsession and need to do other non-dresser related items too.  I'm always drawn to dressers and then kind of ignore other pieces.  I guess it's mean of me to play favorites! I honestly think dressers are very versatile pieces of furniture that's why I love them and am drawn to them so much.  One of the smaller items I bought was a little red side table.  I liked the 'bones' of the piece and knew with a bit of work it could be a great little table.

Here's how it looked when I brought it home


I love the sticker,and the scotch tape on the top!  This was obviously in a child's room at some point.  I just noticed all the water in the background!  YEP we drink lots of bottled water around here!


Great lines and bones!


I knew I wanted to strip this table top, but when I saw the pretty wood in the drawer I knew I had made the right choice!


I started stripping the top and realized there were LOTS and LOTS of layers of paint on it.  The stripping process took me a lot longer than I had expected, but the top looked great.  The sides were another story all together.  I didn't strip the sides because I knew I was going to paint the table anyway, BUT when I looked closer at the sides I realized the paint was peeling off.  It was like someone had used the wrong paint or something.  The paint peeled off in weird rubbery sheets.  

Here's the table after tons and tons of sanding.  I used my orbital sander for part of it, but the majority had to be done by hand.


Here's the drawer midway through my hand sanding.  


After all the sanding was done, I stained the table in Kona by Rustoleum, then finished it with a coat of dark Annie Sloan wax.  The rest of the dresser I painted in Annie Sloan Old White.  It's my favorite color and I knew it would pop with the dark top.  

Here's the table with 2 coats of paint and the top finished.





There was a lot of character in the table that I wanted to come out.  I knew that coating the table in dark wax would do just that.  So after my coat of clear wax I put on a coat of dark wax.  I changed up the knob with one I already had and was happy with how it all turned out.  I like how all the grooves in the drawer trim show up now.


Here it is all done.  I bought the FIRE bucket at an estate sale today and decided it was very appropriate to use in the picture since the table had been that color before :-)


I think it looks like a completely different table now.  The character of the piece really shows through with the dark wax.



 Isn't that wood on top GORGEOUS?!!!  



Now all the details on the side of the drawer show up better too.





Even though it was about 1000 degrees in the garage today while I was finishing this piece, it was kinda nice to get back to work on projects.  While I was away I had lots of time to think about what I want to work on next and I have lots and lots of plans.  I spent lots of time reading, relaxing and planning now to put those plans into motion!!   Now I need to find this table a home :-)

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.  It does mean a lot to me and I appreciate and respond to all your comments.  It's a lot easier to comment when you follow me because then I can respond via email and your comment does get 'lost'.    

If anyone has a great stripper they use, and I mean furniture stripper, let me know.  I've tried a couple of different types and I haven't been thrilled with either one.  I do want one that isn't horrible for the environment or for me either!  Let me know if you have any suggestions.

Thank you and have a great rest of the weekend!!

Melody


21 comments:

  1. Another gorgeous job!! I can't bring myself to do anymore in this heat, I give you a ton of credit!! I use Citristrip, I love it. I haven't found anything that compares to it yet. It's so easy to use, no nasty smell and enviromentally safe!
    xoxo
    Jeri

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    1. Thanks Jeri! I've used Citristrip as well. I used something else this time and I liked it, but it wasn't as good as the Citristrip for sure. I guess I want one does all the work itself, then cleans up the mess! I have another piece I need to strip tomorrow and just don't want to! It's way too hot, but I can't stand having projects that aren't done :-)

      Thanks for the comment!

      Melody

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  2. As always beautiful! I always look forward to reading your blog and seeing the furniture! I missed it last week! This looks incredible!

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  3. Turned out beautiful! What a great transformation and the little fire bucket really looks nice with the table too.

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  4. love it...I wish I had room for it in my house!

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  5. I just love it- You did a wonderful job on it and you have it "dressed" very nicely for your pictures. The color is perfect- xo Diana

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  6. Super job! I'm amazed that you saw the potential in the red table. It looks divine now :)

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    1. Thank you!! I love how it turned out too :-)

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  7. You did an amazing job on that table and I love the Kona stain! I've used Citristrip for years and won't use anything else. It's gooey and stinky and not quite as cheap as others, but it's worth it. I really like that the gel formula sticks well to vertical surfaces too. I learned to redo furniture from a pro and he gave me two tips for Citristrip: when the paint is done bubbling up, use a plastic putty knife to scrape all the gunk off into a cup or can and SAVE IT! (icky, I know). Just because it has paint in the stripper, doesn't mean it won't still work and you can make one jug of stripper last longer. The other tip was to scrub the hard-to-sand areas with steel wool before you rinse off the stripper. Ensures you get all the old paint out of the crevices and shortens your sanding time later. I'm sure these tips aren't exclusive to Citristrip, but I'm just passing them on from the guy who taught me the ropes of using that particular band! Good luck, can't wait to see your next piece!

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    1. Thank you for all the great advice!!! I never would have thought to keep the stripper, but I guess that makes sense! In my mind I just figured it lost it's strength after awhile. I will have to start doing that. I think my biggest problem is I can't stand the mess and getting the stripper residue off is such a long process. I will give the steel wool a try too. Thank you very much for taking the time to comment!

      Melody

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  8. This turned out great! I can't wait to try chalk paint!

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  9. I'm new to this so I apologize in advance if this is a dumb question. How do you know when it is best to sand by hand versus using the orbital sander? Thanks so much!

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    1. Well, I use the orbital sander on larger areas or areas that need more work. This side table was so small I couldn't use it on the whole piece, just the top, the shelf and part of the legs. It's definitely a lot harder to use your own strength, but sometimes the wood is soft and doesn't need the orbital sander. Make sure you start with a higher grit sand paper. I made the mistake early on with other projects of starting with a lower grit and ended up leaving marks in the wood. I find now that I strip the tops more than I sand to protect the wood from getting ruined. Hope that helps!

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  10. Melody,
    I am so happy that Mine is the new home for this piece!! You have done such a wonderful job!
    Thank you thank you thank you!!
    Yay me! Can't wait til I get home to CT so I can pick it up!

    :)
    Danielle H.

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  11. i Really feel great to see such kinds of activity. i like it very much. just an awesome one.
    Fire Engine Kids Bed

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