White and Round
No, we’re not talking about my midsection in the midst of Girl Scout Cookie time. I finished working on this round Craigslist side table this weekend.
I don’t know why, but I bought this table for $15. I think I felt like a challenge. I also wanted to play around with glaze and figured this piece, with it’s turned legs and low price tag, was a good victim.
First step, glue. I removed two of the legs (they were attached to each other in a “U”) and doused both sides of the crack with Elmer’s Wood Glue. Then I clamped the table down with this nut cracker/clamper thing I found in the basement. Because the top of the table had the lip detailing, I put a board across the top to give it a flat surface and covered it with plastic wrap so the wood glue wouldn’t glue the wood piece to the table too. I figured it would be easy enough to sand off any plastic versus ripping an entire board off.
The plastic wrap did not end up sticking after all. Yay! 24 hours later, I filled in the gaps in the wood with putty and let it dry for another 24.
Taylor helped me sand off the extra putty with the belt sander.
And here’s how the cracked area looked after:
FLAT! Like the world in 1491! I kind of couldn’t believe it.
So then I sanded the legs and grabbed the paint. I used the Zinsser spray primer I’ve read so much about and it was definitely easier than priming those legs with a brush. For paint, I used the leftover Behr Camembert paint from our kitchen island project. Here’s how the table looked after 3 coats and a little distressing on the edges. (Sorry for the bad photo. Sometimes DIY happens when it’s dark outside.)
So then I mixed up some glaze with leftover brown paint from our bedroom wall. And, it was kind of purply. I was afraid, not gonna lie, but I decided to press on. I brushed the glaze mixture on one area at a time, wiped it off with a dry rag, then wiped the excess I didn’t want sticking around with a damp rag. The glaze really got into the grooves of the legs and looked pretty good, but when I tried it on the table top it just looked dirty. So, after I finished glazing the base, I got out my foam roller and painted the table top white again.
And here are the results…
I do not think I love it. Don’t hate it. Don’t love it. But we’ve been through this before with the chair I tried to sell.
Compared to the shorter table that was there, I like the height of this table. But, I think I was too liberal with the glazing. Next time, selective glazing. Also, probably with a less contrasting color.
I did add a little gold detail around the shape of the top with this pen. I had to stop myself from tracing everything in the entire house.
I do like having the white table against the gray, with the white lamp on top. A little refresh for spring.
I dunno. Maybe it’s growing on me.
What do you think? Have you had luck with glaze before?