Would you believe it if I told you this dining room table only cost me $12.00? (Okay, well, $11.91 if you want to get technical…..). Seriously, I kid you not. I bought it a couple months ago at my favorite thrift store:
How I found the table is that I was perusing my favorite thrift store (big surprise, right? lol), and I noticed it sitting there, hiding under some clothing and games. The awesome price was covered up. When I saw that it was marked $14.99–huh??!!!–my eyes about bugged out of my head. No way……
I shaked it….shimmied it….looking for WHY it was only $14.99. I mean, tables like this in the thrift store go for at LEAST $40 on any given day…usually about $50. So this was truly a steal. All the parts seemed to be working. And this baby was SOLID WOOD, not that veneer crap.
I didn’t want to leave her (lol) to run and get an employee to write me up a SOLD ticket, but how else was I going to get her?? I knew that leaving this table exposed, someone would want to come snatch it up. Sure enough, in the 2 minutes I was gone, when I got back, some woman was shaking and shimming it as well. I did what any crazy person would do–I threw some ‘bos (as in ELBOWS) and exclaimed, “Sorry, this is SOLD!”
And I love the clean lines of this table, as well. No frills. That’s me.
My intention was to clean the table….wipe it down with OdoBan, remove any thrift store gunk on it….But I was pretty impatient. And I wanted to just see what a straight sanding would do to the finish. So I jumped in and got started.
Wouldn’t you know it came off relatively easy? I used a tough 60-grit course sandpaper. And the beauty of that wood underneath—whhhoooo weeeeee– very beautiful. Made me question why I would even have thrown paint on this baby (which is what I was considering doing initially).
I was pretty pleased with the removal of the top layer, so I decided to fore-go the chemicals (and since I hate nasty chemicals, all the better!)
So this weekend I will sand the legs…..do the pre-staining treatment, stain, and then varnish.