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September 16, 2014

Plant Stand Make-Over

A Facelift for an Old Friend


Several months ago I did an easy make-over to an antique plant stand that had broken during my recent move. I didn't have the heart to throw it away as I really liked the lines and shape of this little guy. Besides, it was a gift from my sister.

So here is my quick and easy fix-up for my old plant stand.
CLICK ANY PIC TO SEE CLOSE-UP.



Here are the legs that had one leg completely broken off. (That leg had always been wobbly.)

I glued it together with wood glue and had to hold it for several minutes until the glue set. There are no clamps to hold such an irrecular shape together.

You can see the line of glue where the spit was. Don't worry, it all came together nicely.





Here are the two table parts, with legs glued back together.

You can see the table's top is leather and has the original gold stamping border still in excellent shape. There was no need to change that!








Next I got busy sanding all the wood parts. The legs were the worst but with a lot of hand sanging, became quite silky smooth.










Now for the tedious task of taping around the top. The interesting shape of the table top is what makes it so cute. 

I wanted to be very careful not to get paint on the leather, so tore tiny pieces of painter's tape and overlaid them all around the top.





The actual border of the table is raised about 1/8". Another detail to be careful of when painting.

When it was taped all around, I painted the table top in a white semi-gloss paint.

It's not super glossy; more of sheen than a shine.




Here are the two table sections, painted and left to dry.

The careful prep work made all the difference to the smooth finish.


And now that it's painted white, I don't mind the leather being red. 








Here's the finished refurbished plant stand.

I love how it turned out, and it is so much more enjoyable now.

FUN and EASY.

Oh, and the finish? Perfect. It has a shimmer that I did not expect. Two coats of paint did the trick.

My new definition of "HAPPY" is a rescued piece of junk that becomes pretty and useful once again.
















3 comments:

  1. You did a great job repairing the plant stand! I love the white finish. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Grace... do you perform people facelifts as well? LOVE THIS! You rocketh.
    Tracey.

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    1. Yes, Tracey. I can turn a frown upside down! ;)

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