Completed Side Tables

Completed Side Tables

I finally got motivated while we had nice weather the beginning of September and was able to finish our side tables. In a previous post, I showed them in their unfinished state and promised that I would put new pictures up once they were done. The rest of what needed to be done was staining and putting the polyacrylic on them. I stained them with a medium brown first and then did a second coat of stain in black. The result is a very dark brown that has hints of the black and medium brown. I tried out a new staining process too. I usually stain with a brush (bristle or foam), but this time, I tried out a sponge and used gloves. The stain goes on much more even and so much faster. I was able to stain both side tables and their respective shelves along with the water-based acrylic top coat in one day – I started about 9am and finished about 6pm with bunches of breaks in between. We now have completed side tables. It is on to finishing the desks now with their polyacrylic before it gets too cold...

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Headboard Completed

Headboard Completed

With the wonderful weather we have had the last couple of days, I was able to stain and polycrylic the bedroom headboard. I have posted a new picture on the original post: Bedroom of a Different Color. I was able to get some decent pictures of the wood while I was in the process of staining and sealing. Notice the grain in the wood. This is pine but with the 1st coat of American Walnut stain and the 2nd coat of Onyx stain, the wood has a two-tone effect with added dimension. It looks really cool and I am very happy with my...

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New Side Tables

New Side Tables

My most recent construction project was building side tables to go beside our new couch. When I go out looking for furniture in our area, I just can never find much of what I am looking for design wise. Since I wasn’t able to find the type of tables I was looking for, I designed them after our desk “legs” that we bought from Ikea. We finally have real side tables and not some boxes or make shift table. Once it starts to be nice outside again, I need to stain and polyacrylic the tables. Once I do, I will post new pictures. Some material details about the side tables: 18″ x 24″ laminated pine (3 pcs) 12″ x 24″ laminated pine (2 pcs) 15″ x 23″ laminated pine (shelf) 1 1/2″ rotating plastic wheels (4) #6 x 1 1/2″ flat head phillips wood screws (12) (to attach wood pieces together) #4 x 3/4″ flat head phillips wood screws (16) (to attach...

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