farmhouse bleached wood sofa table

Hi friends! 
I finally have a furniture makeover to share with you!
This year has been such a crazy whirlwind, I feel like I am just now settling back into my usual routine.
Between moving into our new home at the beginning of February, (simultaneously with my first vintage market of the year...), my trip to France, and squeezing in a couple more shows between all that, it's been really hard to keep up!

But, I am looking forward to sharing more projects with you now that life is getting back to normal.

The barn is pretty empty as far as my inventory goes right now, and I was needing some good furniture pieces to flip.


I found a really nice sofa table at one of my favorite spots.
Great condition, good size.

A very traditional piece.
I kinda figured I would paint the base and redo the top.

And then I started rethinking that plan, and decided to try a new to me technique.


I stripped the entire table of all the dark cherry stain, using my palm sander.
ugh.
Let me just say that I don't love that process.  
I look forward to the end result, but the actual sanding is sooooo much work.

It took about 4 hours of sanding to get it to a point that I was happy with.
The legs were really a challenge because of the turned detail.



I tried using Citristrip aerosol on it to make the job a little easier than sanding, but it didn't do enough to remove the stain, so I still ended up sanding the legs AND had to scrape off all the goop.
Grrrr.....


Anyway, the final look came about through bleach.
I just poured some in a bucket, and using gloves and a sponge, I wiped all the raw wood down and left it in the sun to lighten up.

I left bits of the original stain in some of the crevices because I liked that it looked more farmhouse rustic that way.

I added some farmhouse pulls to replace the traditional brass batwing pulls, and it is completely transformed!


It went in to the shop last week shortly before closing, and sold the next morning! :)


Let me know if you have any questions, and I'll do my best to try and answer.

Have a great week!


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8 comments

  1. Such a beauty now! I will have to try the bleach thing to get this FAB look!

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    1. Thanks Darrielle!! :) I'm sure you will rock it! Kinda messy, but love the end result.

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  2. It turned out so nice but I would have HATED that sanding process. You must be very patient. LOL! I LOVE it!

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  3. The transformation is fabulous!! You not only saw the potential, but you made it better than it was. Impressive.

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  4. The transformation is fabulous!! You not only saw the potential, but you made it better than it was. Impressive.

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    1. Thanks Teresa! :) It was a really fun project that I'm looking forward to trying again!

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  5. I can't believe how gorgeous this piece turned out!!! I would have never guessed that it would have light wood under all of that dark stain. I really love the end result, and am definitely going to try out your technique.

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