How I Distressed & Refinished A $10 Garage Sale Table

How I Distressed & Refinished A $10 Garage Sale Table

I bought this coffee table at a garage sale last year for $10.  I liked the iron legs, and the top was okay.  It had a varnished, shiny rust colored top.  I wanted it to look old, and considered topping it with pallet wood, but just figured I would use what I had!

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I sanded it 60 grade sandpaper until all the finish was off.  Then came the fun part!  It was very smooth and perfect and that isn’t what I wanted.  So with no plan, I just started roughing it up.  I used nails and screws in a pile and placed a board over them and step on it.  I used a long threaded rod, laid it down flat and hammered and rolled it at the same time.  I also rubbed the rod on the edge to rough it up and make it not so straight.

I used a paint can opener to make scrapes and scratches, and nail holes to look like termite holes in old wood! My favorite was a air pump needle.  I used the threaded part on top and hammered it while I rolled it and it make little fossil looking marks.

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I wanted each slat to look like individual boards, so I make them different colors.  The darker boards were stained with Ebony black and wiped within a few minutes.  I then added Dark Walnut and wiped that in a few minutes.  Sometimes I went back with more Ebony and hit the holes and screw marks so they really stood out.

The lighter boards were done the same way except I wet the board first before staining with the ebony so it was more gray, less black.  I then added Natural stain, which made it much lighter.

One of the boards was done the same way with Ebony, then I added Gunstock, which gave it a warm more red color.  I then just added the Gunstock on the other boards in small areas where I wanted to warm it up some.

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I wanted to add some color like might be on a pallet, so I added some blue wall paint.  (I knew I was going to be painting a wall in my room, so I thought it might be a great accent).  I then sanded the edges and made the paint lighter and darker in areas by sanding to make it look old and weathered.

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I used three coats of water based polyurethane, lightly sanding in between coats.  I really like the way it turned out!

 

 

I then painted my wall Colonial Aqua, which was a stretch for me!  Here is the room after a first coat.  It’s growing on me …..

NOTE:  Everything in this room (except the Hoosier cabinet) was free or inexpesnsive from garage sales!

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2 Comments

  1. fantastic- great step by step

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  2. Can you elaborate on the products you are referring to? Such as “ebony” and “gunstock”?

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