The Tale of the Tall Table

I made this table a few years ago out of a round wood scrap and some stair rail spindles for legs. I did a wood stain on it, after sanding it all smooth, and it was pretty. And I have been unhappy with it ever since. It is blah, and boring. I should have not sanded it, and left it looking more raw. So I decided to remedy the situation, and make it look old, the way it should have been, the way it was meant to be!

First I sanded all the finish and the polyurethane off of it. Then I beat it up. I hammered and nailed it, and gouged it. Now, it was distressed. I love saying something is distressed…
Then I took basic black acrylic paint, and covered it, making sure the holes from the hammering, nailing and gouging were filled. I let it dry a few minutes, then I rubbed it off with a rag. I like the feel of it now, like something you would find at an old antique store. And, if we’re being honest, how perfect is it for Halloween?!


  1. Miss Mustard Seed on October 19, 2009 at 1:59 am

    What a pretty little table. I noticed you live in the DC area…we lived there for several years (NoVa side.) We moved to south central PA a few years ago, so we're still pretty close. Anyway, nice to see a neighbor on the blogs. Thanks for visiting mine and leaving a comment.

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