Plywood Table: a Furniture Flip

Browsing at the thrift store 2/9/19, Sam and I ran into this little beauty for $12:

A table with turned legs and runners with a plywood top sitting on a white sheet on an unfinished floor with a green wall in the background

Fancy wood legs with a plywood top? Well, the top had some plastic laminate on it before I got my hands on it; but it peeled off when I pulled it out of the truck after we got home.

The fancy part of the spindle legs in the middle were plastic, but I figured the plastic would paint over well. In fact, we didn’t realize this part was molded plastic until we inspected it in the checkout line.

Day 1: I took the plywood top off with a hammer any some prying work (which included over 30 2″ finishing nails and a crap ton of glue. Hello!) and cut some reclaimed oak pallet wood for a new top.

Before milling:

Reclaimed oak pallet wood sitting on a table in a workshop.

After sanding and planing:

Reclaimed oak pallet wood after sanding and planing sitting on a table in a work shop.

Turns out one of my planks was hickory. Can you spot which one?

After gluing and clamping the new top, I painted the base with two coats of Dixie Belle’s Fluff chalk paint:

A white painted table base sitting on a towel

Let that dry for two hours, then used a 220 grit piece of sand paper to lightly distress it. FYI: I recently found sand paper at Harbor Freight for SUPER cheap. This is my new go to place for sheets of sandpaper.

Day 2: I finished distressing this piece.

Day 3: I applied Dixie Belle’s Best Dang Clear Wax to protect it. Then I stained the top with our favorite Varathane Dark Walnut Stain. To get in the cracks, I used a small plastic pippetor filled with the stain.

Day 5: I Polyed the top:

Reclaimed oak pallet wood stained a dark walnut color, and half painted with polyurethane.

Day 7: I sanded with 80 grit and applied a second layer of Polyurethane on the top.

Day 8: I attached the top on to the legs.

Day 9: I finally staged the photo!

A reclaimed oak table top stained a dark walnut color and protected with polyurethane, on a white painted and distressed base.
A reclaimed oak table top stained a dark walnut color and protected with polyurethane, on a white painted and distressed base.
A reclaimed oak table top stained a dark walnut color and protected with polyurethane, on a white painted and distressed base with decor displayed on the top which includes painted mason jars in a gray stained box on top of a fleur de lis wall art piece.

I’m slowly getting better at staging, and understanding that this whole deal revolves around a good picture! The best light I get is the natural morning light, around 7:00-9:00 A.M.

What do you use to stage for your photos? I need some tips.

With Love, Erika Nora

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