I found this table at Goodwill a few months ago for $15. I immediately thought that I could fix the little stubby table in no time flat ( it may have been wishful thinking at that point).
Oh my goodness, did that orbital sander makes things easier. That table went from an ugly stain (see picture above) to this in only around 30 minutes!
Some of the scratches that went pretty deep.
Finally I got most of the scratches out and got the stain off.
Next was time to stain. Since I'm a beginner at the re-staining process I decided to start with the bottom of the table just for practice. I removed the legs, went ahead and sanded the bottom and got to work.
I mentioned earlier that this was a completely gratifying process, to take something cheap, strip it down to the bare bones and build it back up again. Even though it took longer than expected, I'm actually really proud of this little guy for pulling through. It just shows there are amazing things out there if you can only see the potential. Being in the design world, I've been learning that all the time. People tend to overlook the cheap and put the pricey on a pedestal. While I have all the respect for pricey (there are some magnificent designs and sometimes you do get what you pay for) there is also something to be said for making that beautiful thing for yourself and letting your creativity shine through. Whew, I told warned myself that this one was going to be a long post, and I have a new little nightstand I'm ready to tackle next so I better get started soon! Let me know what you think or if you have any tips of staining!