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Three Tables

 Today I have a random post for you about three random tables. Just stick with me, it will make more sense soon.

Let me introduce you to the tables…

end table before

This table might look familiar, it’s been around for a while. I bought it at a garage sale about five years ago, and since then it has been an end table in the living room, a nightstand in out bedroom, and a porch table. It even held miniature our BBQ pit for a while. This table gets around.

small table before

That is a seriously terrible before picture. I don’t know what was going on, I must have been having an off day. Weird, that’s the first time that has ever happened…

Table two was given to me by the lovely, sweet, and talented Cindy of Glass Slipper Restorations.

Table make from a cypress trunk

Table three has sat on my parents porch since I can remember. It’s made from the trunk of a cypress tree (I believe) and needed a little attention. My mom offered it to me a few months ago but I turned it down… I just couldn’t see it as anything but that weird table on my parents porch.

Table one and two received normal makeovers – a good sanding, wood putty, glue, primer and paint.


I used “aspiring blue” by Behr. It’s bluer in real life than in this picture, it’s kind of a grayed down light blue/turquoise. It’s very pretty.

"Aspiring Blue" by Behr

Table three was a little less fun to makeover. It was covered in a thick layer of epoxy, which over the years had gone from something that (I’m sure) was very pretty to something that looked downright horrible.

Really old epoxy

The best way I found to remove it? A hammer and a chisel.

chipping away at epoxy

I have to admit, doing this was strangely satisfying. I even played a little game with myself to see if I could beat my own “giant chunk” record. Then about half an hour later I was over it. Then about two hours later I chipped off my last piece.

I took a picture of it all clean and epoxy free, but it’s the blurriest picture in all of existence. It was seriously an off day.

Next I stained the trunk and edges and added waterlox (same as our butcher block countertops) to the top.

Waterlox sealer

I applied five coats to our countertops and it is shiny and smooth. After seven coats on this table it was still drinking it up and wasn’t even close to shiny….so I just quit. Good enough.

Tree trunk table

So here are my three tables now…

unique tables

 Come back tomorrow and I will show you what I did with them. So mysterious, I know.


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  1. my parents had a “tree trunk” table like yours years ago. how i wish they still had it… and gave it to me! love, love, love it!

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