Monday’s are for Makeover’s and Today is No Different Glam Gals!
So there I was driving home after dropping the boy off at school. I’m in my neighborhood and a few blocks before I reach my street I notice furniture sitting curbside. I do a slow drive by inspecting the items because when you’re in the business of restoring, that’s what you do. My interest piqued, I go home to get the truck. Quickly but carefully I load my new finds into the truck and head home. Once there I dust them off and uncover quite a little treasure.
Once again, Ana’s room had me searching for a nightstand to match her bohemian décor. Of course I found a few options online, but most were expensive, and really, where’s the fun in that? These vintage tables with their leather tops were perfect. Though they’ve seen better days, they were sturdy with almost all the original hardware (notice the lean, lol) and they had character. Love at first sight.
I immediately began the work of stripping and sanding the tables . . . with a little help, of course.
I briefly considered reconditioning the leather, but it was pretty cracked in some places. The process to remove the leather top was arduous at best, and it was somewhere around this time I decided to work on one table at a time. My arms were tired but little did I know the real fun had yet to begin.
Now pay attention, because this is where the real fun began. What I failed to realize was that I was attempting to paint over mahogany, a wood known for bleeding. At first I thought it was me, but after one coat, my table was pink. I even applied a second coat, followed by a primer with the intent to paint over that, but still bleeding. When that didn’t help, I sought professional help; from hubby. He suggested I get an oil-based primer specifically to prevent the bleeding. I headed to Sherwin Williams where they had exactly what I needed, but they also suggested I remove the paint and primer already applied and start over . . . Can you say keeeeeling me? But I did it.
After applying the new oil based primer, it was smooth sailing . . .
And without further ado, here is the final product.
I hope you love it as much as I do!