With these bedsides I removed the 2 bottom drawers and runners and cut to size some plywood for a bottom shelf, I glued and nailed the Ply after it was sanded and then filled over the top and joins for a smooth finish, I sanded the top to expose the beautiful woodgrain and applied a liming white and polyacrylic to the top for a buttery smooth finish. I applied a primer, 3 coats of mineral furniture paint and finished with a wax to the painted areas, and installed new gold hexagon shaped hardware. I absolutely love the satisfaction of completing a flip.
Doing what I can to accentuate the beautiful wood grain or feature and giving it a modern twist with some beautiful paint or stain.
It also feels good about that I am hopefully contributing to less rubbish going to landfill unnecessarily.
Congratulations on your upcycling project @libby_hm, those set of bedside tables are absolutely beautiful. I can tell you're passionate about upcycling, and that reflects on the quality of your work.
Welcome aboard the Bunnings Workshop community! You'll find loads of creative D.I.Y. work and advice being shared here, including upcycled projects like yours. You can check out some amazing projects shared by our members in our Featured Projects page, and also gain some inspiring ideas from our Top Ideas section. I'd be happy to assist if you need a hand getting the most out of the site.
Great work once again, and I look forward to seeing more of your creativity.
Good afternoon ! @libby_hm
"I sanded the top to expose the beautiful woodgrain"
Libby, can you talk more about the sanding technique?
There is a store near me (I can show you photos) with this sort of furniture with the tops beautifully exposed. I asked the sales girl how it was done but had no idea.
It almost looked like the tops had been through a large thicknesser?
Anyway - looks great - well done! 👍
I used my orbital sander with a grit of 120 and then worked up to a grit of 220 for a smooth finish.
Hope that helps,
If the top layer is particularly thick then paint stripper maybe requited. Feel free to send through a photo of said table if you like.
Hi Libby @libby_hm
I took some photos. I was wrong - as usual - I thought an industrial thicknesser may have been involved but it's all sanded as you describe above. They sometimes use a belt sander.
Kudos to you - I hate sanding.
Yes, it's all restored old furniture and I thought some of the "raw" tops were just that, but they assured me there were three layers of varinsh, wax, etc.
Wow they are lovely pieces, you can tell there has been a lot of time and love put into them.
Definitely need protective coats om timber to protect and prevent any liquid stains ect.
Hi, I have been away from my desk for a while. I just saw your bedside table and I wish it was mine. It makes mine look like the poor aunt. I did paint some old drawers but they don’t look like yours. Compliments to the chef. This is mine, now don’t laugh b
Amd Yours are lovely also, they compliment the room nicely! 😊