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I picked this little table at a local thrift store over the summer. I liked the curvy shape of the top and the spooly legs.
As you can see, I had already started sanding and priming when I took my before picture.
This piece had fallen captive to the dreaded red stain. I had heard about others’ difficulties with this type of stain but I still managed to underestimate my opponent. Originally, I was going to sand down the top and restain it a dark walnut. But once I started sanding, I realized the old stain had penetrated extremely deep. I didn’t want to sand half my tabletop off, so I decided to nix the staining which meant primer was the next step.
Luckily, I knew to use Zinsser oil-based primer. That stuff is amazing – it will stick to almost anything and is the best at covering old stains. Even using my trusty oil primer, there was still some pinkish bleed-through so I added a second layer of primer in a few areas. For those who did not know – you can use latex paint over oil-based primer, just not the other way around.
I tried a few different colors before settling on the same oops paint I used on my favorite aqua cabinet. I went ahead and wiped it down with the same Minwax English Chesnut stain as well.
I wanted to add some subtle pizazz to the top so I painted a darker teal border between the first and second coat of paint. When I sanded the top down, the dark stripe was able to peek out here and there.
This has got to be my favorite color. I love all blues, but this shade of aqua is sheer perfection.
So what do ya think of her?