I was looking for a new refinishing project this summer and found this coffee table at a beach association tag sale in Old Saybrook, CT. It had been hauled out of the shed and used to showcase items for the sale. As I moved things off the top of the table to investigate further, the original owner of the cottage, a small woman in her late 80's, began chatting with me as her grandson ran the tag sale.
She shared the history of the little table, telling me that it had been crafted by her husband out of some leftover floorboards used when the cottage was built back in the 40's. The top boards were a little loose but the base was solid as a rock. Covered with gray chipping paint, it was hard to tell what would reveal itself when stripped, but that's half the fun.
The underside of the table showed bare wood, rusted brackets and zig-zag fasteners (brads?). After a little haggling, I purchased the table for $10.
After applying Citristrip stripping gel and waiting a couple of hours the gray paint began to blister nicely and was easily removed, revealing a glimpse of the red paint and also a layer of creamy yellow paint.
The last step was to apply two coats of Glidden polyurethane for durability as the table will most likely travel with my older daughter who will be moving into her first apartment very soon. She loves cottage style furniture and decided this would be a great living room coffee table.
The finished project! Sorry about the picture - don't know why it came out blurry.