stripping and staining

I had been hoping to share another yard post today, but it's just been one of those weeks, you know? So, with the Fall weather upon some of us (I can't get over how much cooler it's gotten here over the past couple weeks!) I've been trying to think of some indoor projects you can be working on to keep busy and I thought I'd share this post again with y'all. 
This originally appeared September 7, 2011 and was edited for today's post.

About a month ago I found this little beauty at a flea market while we were in Albuquerque for the weekend. Okay, I use the term beauty a little loosely, but I saw some potential. I was able to talk the guy down from $45 to $15.The first step was taking off those outdated pulls. Originally I was thinking I may keep them and reuse them for something else down the road, but after taking about 15 minutes to remove just one, I decided it wasn't worth it and once I finally got them all off, into the trash they went.Then I couldn't wait to use some stripper to take off all the finish. After she was stripped down to her birthday suit, it was time to tackle those southwestern style boards along the bottom. I used a hand saw and cut along the sides where the boards joined the table legs, then I took my hammer and hit it till it popped off; I highly recommend that if you have any pent up aggression.

See the not so lovely before:The more streamlined after (my sweet husband cut those protruding nails for me with a metal cutting blade):Then, all that was left to do to really erase all southwestern signs was cover up a piece in front with some leftover molding. Measure twice (or thrice), cut once.So here she is, all ready to be stained. At this point she has been stripped, given a mineral spirits wipe down, sanded, and streamlined. Doesn't she already look much better?Then I got busy spray painting some old knobs I already had with ORB.Because the wood was old and had some wear and tear, I prepped before staining with a pre-stain wood conditioner, then after two coats of stain that I also already had, there she is. It's hard to believe that it's the same piece, huh?

Linked to: Craft-O-Maniac, Skip to My Lou

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