Progress report.

September 19, 2010

We're finally finishing up the last of our big home-improvement projects this week...

 Dresser - Before Dresser - After.

I love the way the dresser turned out. It was a simple fix, really: a good sanding, three coats of paint, and some new knobs. I wish I could say that our kitchen table project has been as easy to tackle, but we've run into some problems.

I found this table at Goodwill for $30 five years ago. It was covered in black paint - a sin. I promised the thrift store ladies that I'd fix it up someday.

The original plan was to strip and refinish the table with a gray stain and varnish. I thought the color would go well with our kitchen hutch, but after we removed the old black paint, I saw the wood underneath. It's really beautiful, so I think I'd like to give it a clear finish and call it good.

But there's a problem.

As you can see, the bottom was covered in primer before it was painted, so the pores of the wood are white. The top, however, was painted directly with the black paint, leaving stains all over the wood that are difficult to sand out without compromising the integrity of the table itself.

We are working away at it, but it's turning into a much bigger project than we originally anticipated.

Wish us luck!


  1. If you have some money to spare you can always have it dipped. Years ago in Portland there was a shop called, The Stripper or The Big Stripper, something along that line, they or someone like them just take it and dip it and it is all done and you're ready to go...I have no idea how much it is but in the past it wasn't too bad.

    Good luck.

  2. Ooh, best of luck! I have gotten myself into some pretty tricky refinishing projects, sometimes it takes patience, and sometimes it takes paint, lots of paint.

    I love how you finished your kitchen hutch!

  3. That dresser looks GREAT! The table looks like a tricky one.... I think the grey will still look good too!! If worst comes to worse.