As with every post I tend to take before and after pictures. So here we go!
There are a few things wrong with the piece. The table has rust on the metal parts and whoever it belonged to didn't take care of the wood. You can see where they stained the table and didn't put a poly coating on it to help protect it. But an antique folding table for $12.00 that needs a little work is a good deal to me.
During out last project one of our sanders went out on us so I was stuck to either use the large sander that hurts my arms (and makes my whole body jiggle) or hand sand. I chose to sand all the wood down by hand. Thankfully that only took an hour. I then took a trip to Homedepot about the rust because I figured they have to have SOMETHING to remove it right. WRONG! There was a nice gentleman that informed me there's no magical thing as "RUST-BE-Gone" why I thought such a thing existed is beyond me. I was told that I needed to remove all the rust from off the metal (By sanding of course) then put a coating of primer that will help keep the metal from having rust build up again. He suggested to keep the piece of furniture from getting wet since that's the main cause of rust.
With all his information in hand I still did some research to maybe get a better way to do this. Nope turns out the guy at Homedepot was right so I sanded all the rust off. Put a coat of some rust neutralizer spray. Then spray painted all the metal with Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Textured Spray Paint in black (just to be on the safe side) I wanted the table to have a cast iron and wood look. Picture old time school desks, but instead of using a light color wood stain I used a dark one. Minwax in Dark Walnut (my favorite stain color ever) why this color is because mom has a few extra kitchen pieces she want done and I have to incorporate them all together. This color will do that for me. Once the stain dried I put a water base poly coating to help protect it.
Tables done now time for the pictures. Yes I baked all Sunday morning just for this, Jason reaped the benefits of this project. He lucked out with Mixed berry muffins, fruit, lemonade, and cupcakes.
I always do a set up for each photo shoot. The plates I got from Goodwill for $1.00 each. The large jar full of fake lemons (Yeah their fake) I got from a thrift store for $2.00 and that sucker is HUGE. I have a never ending supply of mason jars left over from our wedding, and last that wooden bucket looking thing I took from my mothers house. Sorry mom!
So as you can see I had a very successful weekend and I would love to hear about yours. Leave a comment below letting us know what you did, bought, or created this weekend. Remember you can find us on twitter and facebook.
<3 Jamie Koenig