Lighten Up (2 hour project)

Before & After


1. I removed the base to soften the piece. 

2. Cleaned the piece thoroughly using Lysol & Goo-Gone.

3. Using a cabinet roller & small brush, I painted two coats of Valspar Interior Latex Multi-Purpose Primer. 
4. Painted the entire table again using VALSPAR Semi-gloss Honeysuckle Bloom from Lowes. 

5. Painted unfinished legs. You can buy these & the leg brackets at your home improvement store. Found mine at Lowes.
6. Now for the fun part. The electric sander! I sanded the entire table, then sanded down to the original stain in places where it would naturally be distressed. You don't need an electric sander to do this. It's just a whole lot more fun.

7. The legs were unfinished wood so they didn't have the dark wood to reveal underneath. I added dark stain to the sanded places on the legs with Folk Art Stains in Mahogany. You can find it at your local craft store for about $2. 
8. I applied two coats of MINIWAX-Fast-Drying Polyurethane-Superior Durablity-Clear Satin to give it a finished look. 

9. Changed the drawer pull. Fold them at Lowes on clearance, so I picked up a few of them for projects in the future. 

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