I’m playing catch up with all the free furniture I showed you earlier this summer. I never got around to showing you this magazine stand I took that afternoon.
It wasn’t a bad piece of furniture but it hadn’t been treated well.
As I began sanding this down the underside of the top had this milky white goo on it. I was trying to figure out what could have been spilled on the bottom of the table top when one of the neighbor girls mentioned I should watch out for a stain on the bottom, these pieces had belonged to her grandmother. I told her I’d found it but had no idea what it was. She told me the table had been knocked over and milk spilled on the bottom of the top. Her grandmother left the table upended to dry rather than cleaning it up. When the smell of spoilt milk permeated the house the grandmother simply bought air freshener rather than cleaning it.
Sure enough as I began to sand the smell of spoilt milk was there.
As I worked on sanding down the table outside I had a woman stop and ask me what I was going to do with this table. I hadn’t decided if I was going to paint or stain it, although I was leaning heavily towards staining, but that I would sell it when it was done. The woman gave me her number and told me she would buy it from me if I gave it a dark stain.
I still had some American Walnut stain by Minwax and some Cherry on hand the American Walnut would be perfect.
We came to an agreement on the price and I pointed out a few flaws I knew I wouldn’t be able to remove on the top and the hole from a lamp pole I wouldn’t be replacing, she wasn’t fazed, she wanted it.
The only other thing I had to do was tighten one of the screws to stabilize the table because it was a bit wobbly when I brought it home. I’m told she loves the stain color and it fits perfectly in her home. It’s always nice to have a piece sold before I make a decision on colors.
Had I not taken this table it would have been burned by the landlord so I’m thrilled to have given it a second life. Having everything I needed on hand my total cost was zero to restore this cute little magazine stand.