John Donne said “No Man is an Island”. Does this mean no table is an island? Karen says a table can be an island. It has to be the right one, or it might end up looking a table floating on a raft.
Lucky me, I had just the perfect table. I have had it for eons, one of my first Craig’s list purchases when I first started at Paris Flea Market, almost two years ago. This poor table has been shipwrecked on the side of my yard in my “to do” junk pile. Sometimes furniture neglect is a good thing. It got just the right amount of weathering, but the construction is still solid.
It did require some minor repairs and a thorough cleaning and sanding, then it was ready to be transformed.
I cut a piece of MDF to fit the outside lines of the legs. Then I attached 4 casters. Not too big, I didn’t want the island to be too tall. I learned it is far easier to sand the piece of MDF before you go installing it into your project. It has taken me dozens of frankenfurniture creations to figure this one out.
I base coated the entire piece in CeCe Caldwell’s Virginia Chestnut. Actually, I had Mr. Red do this. He is 11, but quite capable of painting. This paint is so easy to use, get your kids involved, it is so forgiving if they mess up!
When the first coat dried, I went over the entire piece with a watered down coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Texas Prairie. After this dried, I sanded the entire piece thoroughly with 320 grit sandpaper. This produces the smoothest finish. Press firmer for some light distressing, then lighter and lighter for the softest, most glass like surface. This paint is incredibly soft to the touch when smoothed out. This island can go inside….
Or outside! I sealed the entire piece with CeCe Caldwell’s new sealer. Endurance Finish. It is a non-yellowing Polyurethane, with a very low VOC. I couldn’t detect any odor. It is hard wearing and perfect for many wipe downs, outdoor furniture, etc.
My table turned island floated down to Paris Flea Market where it is available for sale starting this Thursday at 5:00. Get it fast for your next outdoor shindig, or island themed party (yukyuk).
One more word on Endurance Finish, I recently used it on my stairs project, which are not quite done…..but getting there, here is an update:
Where I am today…..
My table turned island will be floating around at these lovely parties: