When Blake and I moved to North Carolina, we were not planning on buying a bunch of furniture since we will have to move it all back in a few short months. Unfortunately, when our roommate left us he took his couch and TV leaving our living room completely empty.
So I started looking on craigslist for inexpensive couches- at least just to fill the living room for the rest of our time here, and I stumbled upon craigslist gold! I found a sectional couch that came with a lazy boy style chair for only $300!!
A young couple was selling the furniture after only having had it for a year so that they could upgrade to something nicer. They had no pets, didn’t smoke, and according to them.. they had only sat on one side of the sectional… SCORE! And the cherry on top was the fact that they threw in a coffee table and a matching side table for free! I almost told them that I loved them for being so generous… but I held back to keep myself from sounding like a creeper.
We obviously bought this furniture because the price was unbeatable! Even though the couch is nice, it is still not the kind of couch I would buy if I were to pick something that I really loved. It is a great starter couch for us, but the furniture was much too dark for my liking.
As you can see from the picture, the tables were stained a very dark brown color. In my opinion, the dark stain made them look cheap and I personally dislike dark furniture -the lighter the better! Light furniture really opens a space up and makes the room seem bigger and brighter. So I figured I would make a project of it and sand these babies down to get a more natural look out of them. What did I have to lose if the tables were free and I didn’t like them to begin with, right?
It took a few days and a lot of elbow grease but I finally refinished the tables. There’s no way I could have done it without Felicia and Thomas’s electric sander. Which is a good message for those of you who are thinking of re-staining a piece of your own furniture… Don’t try to do it by hand unless you want it to take a month haha.
Here’s what it looked like once I sanded it down.
I used a painting sponge to apply a thin coat of the stain, allowed that to dry and then applied a coat of wax to seal it. I probably only used about half of the can on both of these tables, so a little bit goes a long way!