Fix and repaint table… Retro style

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Blog entry by Nighthawk posted 01-10-2012 01:03 PM 1578 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sisters table has broken legs. It is a shame really as it is pretty old table and still pretty good nick. After looking at it best we can do is glue and the try and brace the base a bit more.

Now big sis wants to sand whole table back and redo just to spruce up. Now we all love wood, but her house has heaps of natural wood showing and with the table, it actually becomes to much so she is thinking of … eeeek painting it. (shock horror I know, but I actually on this occasion agree with her, sad but true.) And the table is only pine… boring…

Broken join and the dowels are broken. On the right the leg has come loose but no broken dowels. So can glue and clamp that one back on. Broken leg also had a crack which also broke a piece off so need to glue that back together first. It became a fiddly clamping exercise there was no straight angles.

Well it was interesting clamp… It looks as if one clamp is actually doning nothing but in reality it is stopping the broken piece from sliding up. I wonder how the main part will work… I was hoping to get away with one clamp, but of course not… anyway it looks off but thats where it needs the bit of pressure to hold.

Has all been sanded now and undercoated… ready for another lite sand and first top coat.

19 Dec 2011
Gave the top a light sand, and got the paint me sis wanted to use. Now the lighting is not the best where I am doing this and probably what it is, but the red looks very pink and well… lets say not me. Anyway I have applied the first top coat of red. I will allow that to dry for a day or so and they sand in between coats, it will only need a couple and then a finishing coat which I am not sure how to get just yet, as I don’t have a compressor and spray equipment at the moment. Something I am working on though.

However worry about that when the time coems. The legs will be a charcoal black colour. I know I know canterbury colours. Whilst the tabel will look okay. I is very retro.

9th January 2012
OKay a bit of an update, we have given it another light sand and put the first coat of charcoal paint on the legs, and a second coat on the under belly of the table. We will be giving the legs another coat soon, and and then tackle the table top to get the best we can before putting a lacure to try and protect it all.

Whilst it is red and mean RED, with the dark chacoal legs (which was my idea, initially big sis wanted all red) the black legs breaks it the colour and is not so bad… but it is RED and RETRO. She now says was a good idea to do that.

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-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#1 posted 01-12-2012 11:37 AM

That’s really red!
Even if it is only pine, I still prefer the natural finish – great job fixing those legs – that does look like a tricky clamping job – can’t make heads or tails of it!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 01-14-2012 06:58 AM

It is even reddderererrr rer and I mean RED when you see it in natural light… it nearly burnt my eye ball sockets …

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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