Oh how the tables have turned

Into something cute! Yesterday I sold two of these light blue glazed end tables, and before I could actually write a post about them.

I bought these two tables on Craigslist about a month ago, and they were definitely in need of some love.

I sanded the top of each table with the orbital sander and fine grit sandpaper and lightly hand-sanded the rest just to remove any glossiness. Once the tables were primed (using Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer), I sprayed them with Valspar Ultra Sparkling Lake in a semi-gloss.

Since these tables have so many ornate details, I really wanted to glaze them to make the details pop. Glazing is really very simple, but it does require that you purchase a glazing product specifically for the task. I experimented on old baseboard using both water and oil-based stains and paints, and they just don’t work the same way. The stains stain and the paint sticks…go figure.

The glaze dries very slowly and wipes off really easily (though if you’re glazing a piece that was painted with a flat paint you might need a wet rag to wipe the glaze off.) For now I’m using Valspar Clear Mixing Glaze that I bought at Lowe’s. That small container was almost $20, though, so next time I’m going to look at Home Depot and see if there’s something cheaper. On the bright side, it takes hardly any to glaze an entire piece of furniture.

All you need is some type of glaze, latex paint, a brush to apply the glaze, and rags. LOTS of rags.

I mixed two paint colors I had on hand to make a darker color, and added 1 part paint to about 5 parts mixing glaze (total I think I only used a couple tablespoons of glaze and even less paint.)

I lightly coated the end of the brush with glaze and painted it in all the cracks.

I also painted it on the flat areas so that the entire table would have a consistent color.

Then I wiped it off with a cotton cloth. I use old t-shirts cause they’re cheap and smooth so they don’t wipe the glaze out of the cracks.

The package of glaze said not to wipe any glazed areas for 28 days to allow the glaze to cure. I’m not sure if that’s really necessary, because the next day it seemed pretty dry and wouldn’t come off with a slightly damp rag. But just to be safe, I sprayed both tables with a coat of Minwax Clear Gloss Polycrylic, and now it’s definitely not going anywhere.

I just love this light blue color! But luckily it doesn’t really go in any room in our house (except the master bedroom, which with it’s icey blue walls wouldn’t be too welcoming of light blue furniture) so I’m free to sell all light blue furniture. After this project, I’m really excited to try other glazing projects!

 

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