I love restoring old and unsightly pieces of furniture into something new, this is what frugal living is all about. Restoring furniture is saving money and recycling old into something new and different. It seems like a table gets a breath of hope and life back into the woody grains after you fix up the dings that life and age give it. Refinishing a tabletop can be lots of fun watching a once thought of hopelessly ruined table into something unique. And now you can have a beautiful new table possibly even an end table to match your couch. Could there be anything more wonderful and creative than a frugal living lifestyle?
What You Will Need:
- Wood Putty
- Putty Knife or Flat Edged Piece of Cardboard
- Leather (Large enough to hang beyond bottom edge of tabletop on all sides)
- Utility Knife
- PVA Adhesive
- Upholstery Tacks
First, you start this project by taking the table outside since sanding old paint off of a table can cause a huge mess. And then you try and sand as many nicks and scratches out you possibly can. And you don’t have to be perfect with this part, since you are placing a piece of leather over the whole area, just try and smooth out as many bumps and dings as possible.
Next, you measure the dimensions of the table and then mark accordingly to the bottom side of the leather the proper length and width and also the sides of the table. Now, you take the utility knife and cut notches at a 45 degree angle on the corners of the leather. This will allow you to fold over the leather appropriately covering the sides of the table.
Next, using a piece of straight edged piece of cardboard or putty knife spread the adhesive over the tabletop. Now you place the leather, right side facing out, on top of the table being careful to align the edges to the sides.
Next you smooth out the leather on the top releasing air bubbles that might have appeared making a nice smooth table top. You also want to keep the leather aligned with the corner notches so you can fold over the edges to the sides of the table. Now that the top is nice and smoothly flat, take the adhesive and apply lines down the sides of the table and fold over the edges, then press into place.
Finally, all you have to do is wait until the glue has dried and then place the upholstery tacks all the way down the sides. So this project is nice and easy and anyone can restore furniture without resorting to harmful paint stripper, perfect for any frugal living lifestyle.