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White and Round

March 5, 2012
by thenestinggame

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?

Read about my first attempt at glazing. Also, see how I covered that lampshade with linen.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. Michelle permalink
    March 5, 2012 9:56 am

    LOVE IT!

  2. March 5, 2012 11:44 am

    love what you did to the table, and i LOVE the lamp, bird, flowers, and frame. wish you could come do a little corner of my house!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      March 7, 2012 7:24 pm

      Thanks, MA! How’s your mountain house coming along?

  3. March 5, 2012 12:00 pm

    uhhhh you make me want to paint every old wooden piece of furniture in my house. maybe a collaboration is in the future?? okay that was a shameless plug to get my furniture to be made over. i suppose i could just look up how to do these things. i have a very similar table and a headboard i’d looooove to re-do.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      March 7, 2012 7:30 pm

      Tessa, I know nothing. I have just googled my way to figuring this out. I seriously watched a You Tube video before glazing that table. Plus, I figure if it’s a piece you’re not all that jazzed about to begin with, what have you got to lose!

      Unrelated…drinks soon!

  4. Pam permalink
    March 5, 2012 12:26 pm

    Gorgeous. Wow, what a transformation.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      March 7, 2012 7:30 pm

      Thank you, Pam!

  5. March 6, 2012 3:57 pm

    Okay, I haven’t even read the post yet, but please, PLEASE tell me the title is an homage to Red and Round.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      March 7, 2012 7:32 pm

      I wish I were that good! Was he one of Justin’s friends?

  6. March 6, 2012 11:37 pm

    Great job on the repair! I think i agree with you on the contrasting glaze, but overall looks terrific, especially with that slim gold trim. Well done!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      March 7, 2012 7:33 pm

      Thanks, Brianne! I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one on my side of the glaze debate.

  7. Jessica permalink
    March 7, 2012 2:58 am

    You don’t love it?! It’s perfect! Good job!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      March 7, 2012 7:37 pm

      Thank you! It’s growing on me, though Taylor says the fact that the table is on the verge of collapse (not really) is not evident in the photos!

  8. March 7, 2012 10:48 am

    I think you did a beautiful job!!

  9. March 7, 2012 5:17 pm

    cute, molly! good job.

  10. March 9, 2012 5:07 pm

    I like the table with the gray wall. I’ve been afraid to age down stuff. I’ve just painted things white and left them, waiting for the perfect tutorial to show me how to do it perfect. Guess I’ll wait some more cause you don’t sound happy with your project.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      March 19, 2012 2:12 pm

      I’m glad you like the table! I think, no matter how many tutorials you read, that old-fashioned trial and error is the only way to go! Just start with something you don’t mind re-painting or getting rid of if you’re not happy.

  11. Nancy permalink
    November 13, 2013 2:54 pm

    I think it looks great! And, it makes the corner nice and cozy! I just recently did a piece in my dining room using chalk paint first. I saw somewhere on Pinterest where someone had used a glaze to tone down the brightness of their turquoise piece. So, since my piece was a little on the bright side of green, I decided to use a clear glaze mixed with white paint. You would think I would have started on a lower side, but no, I started right on top and was like AHHHH!!! What have I done? Luckily I had just enough chalkpaint leftover to cover my mistake! I went back to the blog and had the ration of paint to glaze backward!!! Once I remixed, I LOVED it! It really gave it the finish I was looking for. Once I waxed it, it was even more beautiful!! Like you, I can’t wait to paint something else!! Yay! And, the best part about it? I saved us 900.00!!! I know! I had found a page torn out from Pottery Barn that must have been my inspiration a while back – their piece 999.00! Mine? 50.00!! :)

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