Monday, June 20, 2011

Frenchy the Cocktail Table

Frenchy was Featured!!!!  Thanks so much, Lauren!

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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  1. she turned out beautiful. you did a wonderful job.. so proud of you!

  2. Wow! You did an amazing job! The table looks terrific! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Wow! Now the table looks stunning! Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  4. That is gorgeous!! Great job :)

  5. Gorgeous, love the color!

  6. gorgeous! i LOVE the color combo on it- it's classic french with a fun and bold twist!

  7. I just love this look. It wood go with my new old couch. But the wood, would need to be painted, but still the style is from my childhood.

  8. This is lovely. I love turquoise.

  9. love to feature your coffee table on my revival monday. let me know if this would be ok

  10. I Posted the feature and you can check it out here.

    Thanks again for letting me share your work

  11. That is beautiful. Turquoise is my absolute favorite color and it looks great with the stained top. Thanks for sharing how you did it!


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