I found this little French style cocktail table at a yard sale way out in the boonies that Cassie from Rustic Raspberry and I visited a few weeks ago. She (the table, not Cassie!) was dirty but had lots of potential. And, yes, that is bird poop-Gross!
I knew that she would be beautiful refinished as Miss Helix was on West Furniture Revival. Thank you, Lauren, for your patience in explaining to me your process and products used!
The first step was to clean all the dirt and spiderwebs off. Then I used CitraStrip to remove the old finish and stain. (CitraStrip doesn't seem to irritate my skin like other strippers.) I put newspaper all around the table to catch the mess!
I usually use a metal scrapper to remove the gunk but am careful to not scratch the wood!
After stripping it, I wiped it off with denatured alcohol and then sanded smooth.
Before staining with Minwax Dark Walnut, I rubbed the top with wood conditioner.
After using the conditioner but before applying the stain:
And can you believe, after all these pictures, that I forgot to take a picture of the staining step? Well, I did! You can see the stained top in this picture that shows the coat of red that I applied. I don't know the name of the red, Cassie gave it to me!
After the red; I painted two coats of Behr's Emerald Coast. (Next time I may just paint one coat so more red shows through.)
I then sanded off some of the turquoise and applied Valspar Umber Glaze.
And here she is all prettied up!
I hope that this was an informative post! Miss Frenchy Helix is going to her new home tomorrow!
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