Refinishing Furniture { an intricate sofa table }

Jan 6th, 2012

Freakin' Fabulous  button copy I know a lot of you may already know I am obsessed with furniture. Some people love shoes or clothes, I love furniture (and fabric, but that is beside the point!). I have a love affair with furniture especially. I consider myself a treasure hunter and I love to search for THE PERFECT furniture pieces for my home. I have refinished a lot of furniture, and even reupholstered a few furniture pieces. Choosing the right furniture, or customizing it to your space is ESSENTIAL in having a home that feels like YOURS. So, I’d like to announce a brand new series that will take place EVERY FRIDAY here at All Things Thrifty. Here’s the gist: EVERY FRIDAY you will get to see some FREAKIN’ FABULOUS FURNITURE where you will find furniture that I refinish myself, along with the occasional feature of someone else’s furniture. (so yes, I could feature YOU if you have something to submit). I am excited to showcase some amazing stuff out there, and I might even showcase some of the furniture on my “retail wish list.” Over the last three years of interior decorating, I have realized: The furniture that you have in your home defines your style and definitely helps to BRIGHTEN and LIVEN it. I love furniture, and I cannot wait to show you my FIRST FREAKIN’ FABULOUS FURNITURE post!
My friends Dani and Ashton asked me to refinish their intricate entry way sofa table. They had inherited the furniture from a relative, and they were chunky, intricate, and AWESOME (the furniture, not the relative, he, he)!  Not only did they recieve this amazing sofa table, but they also got the matching coffee table and side tables too! Lucky freakin’ ducks. I loved the intricate carvings, and for some, the tables might have been perfect without refinishing them. However, for Dani and Ashton’s home, leaving them this wood color would have been a BIG mistake.

Refinishing FurnitureJust check out the intricate details of these bad boys. If you have been around All Things Thrifty for awhile, you already know that furniture like this is EXACTLY my specialty. I love to glaze furniture and when you add glaze to refinish furniture like these it makes those nooks and crannies just POP! I knew the work that was ahead of me, and I got to work. A month after she brought it to me, ahem.
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First I washed the furniture carefully to get all the dust out of the intricate details. The furniture had been sitting in my garage for a few weeks and had started to collect a bunch of dust.
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Then I primed the furniture with KILZ. I followed my painting furniture post techniques to a T. After the primer dried, I sanded it down with 220 grit sand paper. I even used my electric sander to do most of the work. I did have to sand by hand to get into the nooks and crannies. (Be aware the you need to shake the can well before you prime furniture). AND, you must make sure that the KILZ can is not cold. If you try and paint with a cold can of KILZ, it will come out in spurts instead of an even spray of primer.
Next, I glazed the furniture. I have some great videos showing my techniques in my glazing furniture 101 post.

cream furniture with glazeAs you can see, the furniture turned out GREAT! I wish I had this in MY HOUSE!!entry way tableJust take a gander at all those beautiful intricate details!
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Want another look at the before picture? Molding, 3M, jills table 015 And the After photo…just to remind you of how stinkin’ SAWEEEET it turned out!?!? NO PROBLEM!
entry way table
I’m telling ya, I love before and after photos. I’m a little OBSESSED! As a part of my FREAKIN’ FABULOUS FURNITURE series, I am accepting submissions for features. I will be featuring my own transformations as well as an occasional feature of others. So, if you have a FREAKIN’ FABULOUS piece of FURNITURE, send me a GOOD photo to allthingsthrifty at gmail dot com.


  1. Freakin Fantastic is right! I need something exactly like this for my upstairs hallway.

  2. Freakin Fantastic is right! I need something exactly like this for my upstairs hallway.

  3. That is freaking fabulous!! I love the way it turned out! I notice you seem to always use spray paint…I was wondering if you have ever tried the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint??

  4. What a gorgeous transformation — definitely the perfect choice of colours. This table would suit any decorating scheme.

    Can't wait to see the other tables when you're done with them! ;-)

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  6. What a beautiful piece. I have a desk I'd like to refinish in that exact same technique. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. I just did this very same thing to my dining table (and finished just in time for Christmas company!) I am a little sad because the table top is already chipping even though I'm pretty sure I followed all your steps to the T too. I've been meaning to send you pics! The legs and "skirt" under the table top look just like your sofa table piece – AMAZING! I'm so glad I learned about glazing from you!

  8. amazing, and the glaze is the magical touch

  9. I plan to paint lots more furniture this year. It is so amazing what a coat of paint will do for a tired piece of furniture!

  10. I would love to have that freaking fabulous table. :)

  11. I promise I did all that to my table, exactly how you said. The parts that chipped, (which are very small) went all the way to the wood! At least the layers are sticking together. Maybe I should use polyurethane instead; I've had better results with it.
    Love your work!

  12. Brooke @ says:

    Meg, when you do a dining room table that has a lot of traffic you definitely need to seal it with a polyacrylic clear coat to protect it. I would do at least 3-5 coats letting it dry completely in between. Brush it on with a NICE brush (not a cheap one). Also sand with 220 grit sand paper in between the coats. (Just read the directions on the container and follow it). I would hurry and do it before it chips more.

  13. Brooke @ says:

    I guess I was assuming that you didn't seal it…ha ha. Have you put a seal over the top?

  14. Brooke @ says:

    CRAPPITY CRAP. That happens every so often! Basically that means that there were certain spots that the paint didn't want to adhere to. Did you sand the furniture before you primed it by any chance? Sometimes a light sand will help with that, but I rarely do that. Do you want to give it a try again? You would have to sand it down though. E-mail me a picture so I can see, and we'll continue the conversation back and forth via e-mail. :)

  15. great job! I have redone all of my cherry furniture in my house and while it was a "real" job I love the way it looks.
    Happy New Year and keep on sanding…

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  17. Ok, I've done it! Spent today starting a blog of my own. You've inspired me! Thanks!

  18. Hi Brooke,
    My sister-in-law just introduced me to your blog and I am HOOKED!! I'm wanting to paint my kitchen table/chairs and am wondering what color you used on this table. I love love love it! Thank you for such great inspiration:)

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  20. Brooke @ says:

    I used Krylon Ivory Spray paint. I used the "gloss" sheen so that it would glaze easily! Thank you for your cute compliments! xoxo.

  21. Would love that table! You did a great job refinishing it! Wish I had the guts to paint my furniture…

  22. I love the job you did on this table, my hubby had a problem with me painting the wood furniture in our house but he is coming around lol
    I have used spray paint on small projects but not on large piece of furniture, how do you deal with drips running down? Everyone tells me you have to use a paint sprayer to do a good job, but your projects look amazing.
    check out my blog I am new to this and so its my blog but I am enjoying the projects and the blogging, would be nice to have an audience lol
    love your blog and your projects
    take care Tobey

  23. Hi ,
    I have a dining room table that I want to redo and I love the antique /shabby chic/ look. I love doing distressed whites creams etc. any ideas of what I could do. It is solid oak. It has a lot of intricate details like this table. Also did you just glaze over the primer for this.there was no mention of a paint color?
    Thanks many blessings for you and your amazing work!!!!!

  24. Hi Laura, Thank you for your comment. What about a table like this one? Dining Room Table Also the color used on this sofa table is Krylon in Ivory. It's actually the same color I used on this table. Good luck!

  25. You are a Freakin’ Genius!!

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