I guess I could have called this post "Checkmate" instead of "King Me", but I never really learned chess, checkers was more my game. I found this little table last year at a garage sale for $2.00. I mean who can pass that up! It had one broken leg, but nothing my hubby couldn't fix. It was also missing the inserted top piece, someone had thrown a peel and stick vinyl square in there, thank goodness not stuck yet. Originally I wanted to paint this yellow and transfer The Graphic Fairy French Bee in the center. I still think that would have been cute, but I decided to go natural instead.I didn't mean for this to be my husbands project, but that is how it pretty much turned out. First like I said he re-glued the broken leg, then he cut out the top from some veneered plywood. Then I had the bright idea of a stained checkerboard top. How hard could that be right? First we stained the veneer with honey oak, the he taped it and stained it with ebony. Not too bad, a few runs under the tape but not bad. Then he went to put on some wipe on poly, and it wiped off the dark stain ): So next he used a ruler and pencil and marked all of the squares, and with a brush, hand stained each square. It sat for a week, but when he went to poly it again, most of the stain came off again! I thought it made it look old and rustic so we left it. Plus this is for resale and I am selling it really cheap, so I didn't want to put anymore time into it. Next I got the easy part. I just used Howard's Restore a Finish in red mahogany, and then waxed it. It's not my best piece, but maybe someone will have fun playing checkers, or maybe even learn chess on it.
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