A well varnished landing strip

Apr 4, 2011

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sewing table before and after sanded and stained

Meet the new and improved landing strip for 2R. It only took two weekends and about a gallon of blood, sweat, and tears. Plus stripper, a sander, stain+poly and a lot of patience and fortitude. A big ThankYou to the ‘Rooms for talking me off many ledges and providing constant support and encouragement! This was my first time attempting such an endeavor and we here in the apartment are very very pleased with the new home base for our keys, mail, and dog treats.

The victim  of my DIYness was an old sewing table minus the sewing machine that we found abandoned on the street and brought home to live in our apartment, because we like surfaces and lack $$$. It moved around the apartment for about a year before I worked up the time/nerve/energy to go ahead and make her over.

sewing table found on the street

Supplies
free street table
Dewalt power drill (for disassembly)
Varnish stripper (probably didn’t need this step)
Black&Decker Mouse sander (far superior to sanding by hand!)
old sheet and plastic drop cloth (to contain messiness)
Minwax PolyShades in Royal Walnut Satin Finish
2 brushes –  3″ & 1″ (for optimal application)
220 sand paper + 000 fine steel wool (between coats)
1 judgemental cat (not pictured) + 1 pouty doggie

See entire hilarious undertaking here & here.

finished sanded and stained sewing table

I think she’s just beautiful. It was a huge learning affair as this was my first attempt at anything of this magnitude. I’m more of a primer and paint makeover gal. But I just loved the natural wood warmth on this blue wall.

And here she is temporarily dressed up in her usual work gear…

new landing strip by door all dressed up

Though I am having protective new mommy anxiety about putting things on her finished pristine surface… it will pass. I  love having the landing strip back!

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Steve April 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm

The table looks brand new!! Congrats on a job well done! Have you done anything to the inside where the machine used to be yet?? I’m obsessed!

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B.Strave April 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Sadly not yet. I took off all the spare bits of wood still attached in there, and then it was kind of my “practice” area for staining and such… I kind of want to find some kind of baskety type thing to fit inside there and use it as a storage area for rotating knick-knackery. But since there’s always things on top its not a very usuable space… Who knows? ;-)

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