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Powder table redo

This powder table is a true gem.  I love her!  Back in April when I was yard sale-ing one Saturday morning, I saw someone carry this table out to the side of the road.  Well, I took her home, of course.  It took me a while to figure out what to do with her.  Should I paint her all over, or stain her, I finally made up my mind:  the top was going to be stained and the bottom part painted.  I had a few problems with the bottom part, and it was missing some veneer here and there.  But look at the top part…it only needed a light sanding and one coat of stain.

As you can see from the picture, I went to work with my wood glue and clamp.  I also had some fun with the wood filler too.

Well, I sanded the table lightly and also used “liquid sander deglosser”.  I forgot what it did exactly, but I think it just de-glossed the table somewhat.  It really has nothing to do with sanding in my opinion.


The top part of the powder table I used Minwax Stain in English Chestnut.  I will do a separate tutorial how I prepare my furniture for staining in my next post.  The legs and shelves were prepared for painting with Zinsser primer.

Finding the right color is always hard for me.  In my mind I go through a whole list of paint colors..I even try some out..

And first I was thinking navy blue.  I bought a quart Behr Navy Blue and this is what happened:

Yes, you are right: this is far from Navy Blue…it is the same color as the painters tape!  I was getting a bit desperate at this time but I also like the two-color layered look so I quickly sanded the table and gave it a coat or two of Valspar Summer morning (a very pale yellow shade).  Next I sanded her with a medium grit sandpaper for some distressing –  that looked so much better.

The Valspar paint I bought at the Restore (Habitat for Humanities).  At least once a month I go there to check what paint they have on hand.  I can usually find some basic colors and I even bought some furniture pieces there and wall paper.  Their prices are great!

For the  inside shelf I used some left over (washable) wall paper.  You see just enough of the royal blue peeping through.


For the distressed look:

1) prime the table, after drying sand lightly and wipe clean

2)use your first paint color, after drying sand lightly and wipe clean

3)use your second paint color, after drying sand and wipe clean

4)make a glaze of stain and glaze medium (1:3), glaze the table and wipe immediately

5)use a coat of polyurethane for duration

Isn’t she elegant?

For the hardware I used Rustoleum metallic spray paint in medium brown.  O I forgot to mention: I have a small matching stool too but that is not ready yet.



Friday I linked to miss mustard seed

the shabby nest

funky junk interiors

Tuesday I linked to Primitive & Proper





  1. Another masterpiece! Ziet er geweldig uit Hetty!

  2. Beautiful work. I love the wood finished top. Just gorgeous. Visiting from MMS.

  3. that is beautiful, hetty! i love those sexy legs!

  4. That is such a great little piece, can’t believe someone was about to throw it out. You did a great job with it, love that little blue peeking through.

  5. What a wonderful find Hetty and yes, she is sooo elegant now! And oh my, that wood top is amazng! You really did a beautiful job! … Thanks so much for always stopping by and leaving such nice comments. I often want to comment right back, but do you know you are a noreply commentor? If you ever want to change that, it’s just a setting in your blogger profile. … Hope you’re having a great day!

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