Projects & Improvements

Before & After: A Flea Market Table Returns to Its Roots

published Aug 21, 2014
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(Image credit: Christine Mullen )

Christine and her husband found this interesting table at a flea market for only $40. They loved its unique shape and Mid-Century Modern feel, but knew it could get even better.

(Image credit: Christine Mullen )

That is impressive. They really brought this little table back to life.

From Christine:

When we bought it, it had a shabby chic distressed white paint finish which really didn’t work with the overall form of the table. We used an electric sander to remove the paint and then went over it with a finer sand paper by hand. We bought a danish teak colored stain and did two coats, then finished it with three coats of an oil and urethane top coat. The glass that came with the table had a few scratches so we used tooth paste to help buff them out.

Overall the cost of this project was about $70, including the cost of the table. It took about 5 days to finish, mostly because of the drying time between the coats of stain and varnish. I think it looks like a completely different table and now it really works in our space.

Thank you Christine!