This table almost didn’t make it to my blog… yes I painted it, but there wasn’t a major transformation in its appearance- so not quite the project I usually post. However, there was an issue that I had to fix so I wanted to share it with you all and maybe I can teach you something today. 🙂 This was how the table looked when I bought it at a yard sale (I overpaid, but it was SO cute!):
I got in a hurry to start working on it so I grabbed my phone to snap photos… I always regret it when I do that!
It had some pretty flowers etched on top and on the sides, and a little drawer for tiny treasures.
And it also had a wobble.
When I flipped it over to check the legs, I found this:
Apparently, even though the legs were secured with concealed screws, one must’ve come loose at some point so the owner decided to hammer 3 tiny nails (there’s another on the other side) at an angle to keep the leg in place. Please don’t ever do this. It looks ugly and it was such a pain to get those nails out! I don’t know if they make hammers that small but all of mine were way too big, and there wouldn’t have been much to hold onto anyway. I ended up using pliers, pulling on the leg, then finally I could use the hammer a bit. Then to secure the leg back into place I used my much-loved wood glue.
I poured it into the hole where the original screw was inserted, replaced the leg, and let it sit for about a day. (This glue can get drippy so be sure to have a towel nearby to wipe up any excess.) Worked like a charm!
The table seemed like it would go perfectly in a little girl’s princess bedroom, so I knew I wanted to paint it pink. I found the palest pink (Apricot Ice) in a sample at Lowe’s and it was perfect.
Of course when I painted it on, it was so pale that you couldn’t even tell it was pink!
I ended up giving it about 4 coats and then following up with a matte polyurethane. It’s still very pale, but pretty as can be!
And it no longer has a crooked-nailed-wobbly-leg.
I did put this in my booth; I wonder which kind of princess room this will end up in!
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