Updated side table

before table
before table

I bought this table at a flea market when I first moved to LA, over 10 years ago.  I liked its mid-century lines then and still do now, but it's showing some wear and tear.

It had some chips and dents, the top was scratched and water-marked.

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I had to position it at a weird angle because of some ill-advised drilling I had done a few years ago...don't ask.

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holes

Just like a Beverly Hills housewife every 10 years, I decided that it's time this table had a facelift.

First, I sanded the whole thing; I used the orbital sander for the top and hand sanded the rest.  The gloss came off pretty easily.

sanding
sanding
hand sanding
hand sanding

Then I had to repair the holes in the middle.  I bought a couple sheets of very thin birch plywood from the craft store and cut them to size.  Then glued and taped the plywood in, to act as a clamp.

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After the glue dried, it was time to paint.  I wanted a bit of color, but nothing too loud.  My living room has lots of nice neutral color.   I also wanted to make the legs dip-dyed, although I suspect that trend is going the way of the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster.  It's a bit everywhere right now, but I like it.  If I get sick of it, I have plenty of of the dark color left.  I went to Jill's Paint and chose Benjamin Moore Polo Blue for the table and Ice Cap for the legs.

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Screen shot 2013-03-11 at 2.14.12 PM
painting table
painting table

The finished product:

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