Today's post contains two before and after transformations. First up, a simple step table that belonged to my grandparents. I remember it always nestled between a floral sofa and a brown La-Z-Boy recliner in their Florida home, loaded up with Lillian Vernon catalogs and Readers' Digest and Prevention magazines.
My parents weren't really using this table, so I asked if I could spruce it up a bit. I was surprised to see how many water rings and stains must have been hiding under those magazines. I realized I would need to sand the whole thing down and restain it.
Here it is after a little sanding, some stain, and a couple clear coats of polyurethane:
The grain is much more visible now.
I think the front of the table looks a little bit like a face.
The second project I tackled was this brass lamp I found for $4 at a local Goodwill store. I tried to polish the brass but found that it must have been some type of brass plating; it didn't look any better after a lot of elbow grease and Bar Keepers Friend, so I decided to paint it with some leftover paint I already had in the basement.
Put these two projects together and what do you get?
I am sure this table is happy to have its shelves full of magazines again. I don't subscribe to Prevention, but I can keep it filled with Southern Living, which should make it feel at home after moving from Florida to Iowa!