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184 Restoring a Side Table Magazine Rack

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I rescued this vintage magazine rack from my buddy's house, as it was headed for the big sleep at the landfill. I couldn't find an exact copy of it on the internet, so it was a challenge to decide its original color. That challenge was complicated by the fact that it had been painted twice over the original finish; first, black spray paint, second, white house paint. I finally went with stain, as most similar designs I found in an image search were done in stain. However, after applying the stain it was very clear that the top was not suited for stain, so it was either painted or stained with one of those industrial finishes that mimic stained wood. In retrospect, considering it was a cheap piece anyway, the industrial fake wood stain is probably what was used.
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The On Grid Homestead (2 months ago)
I like the restoration projects and saving something that would have otherwise been thrown away. I'm glad you went with the stain rather than the paint. I'm not a big fan of painted wooden furniture.
ScumbagsUnlimited (2 months ago)
Very enjoyable, I'm glad you stained it. I would just like to say that I look forward to your videos every week - thank you.
Edgardo Amado (2 months ago)
Can you please do more restoration projects like this ..?.....I see lots of people throwing things away and wonder how I can give them new life!
Pidasian Hippie (2 months ago)
Unfortunately I bet very few people younger than us would know what a side table magazine rack is. Heck, in this day and age, very few folks even buy magazines. It is all digital now. Was that Mr. Paper Hat taking center stage atop the finished table? He isn't going down without a fight is he? Thanks for the chuckle when you were cutting the feet off the table. You know those saws work better when you take the cover off the edge. Hahahahaha. It was impressive to see how they had originally joined the feet to the legs. It almost makes you think that this was an expensive table when it was built. Would they have taken the time to use this type of joinery on an inexpensive table? I think you made a good decision to stain the table rather than paint it. It looks more finished this way. The medallion definitely stands out more. I noticed that the dado was a bit long before you cut out the blanks. It was good that you pointed out the mistake and demonstrated 2 different ways to repair the issue. Other than the one small tongue and groove piece that you had to glue back together were there any more parts that had to be glued back together? Where did the warm weather go? We went from 85 to 55 in less than 2 weeks! I am looking forward to this winter in Florida!
Tom Denny (2 months ago)
Nice looking restoration. Concerning the top and the feet being made out of less expensive wood, I was wondering what the piece would look like if the top and feet were painted shiny black?
Chad Wilderdyke (2 months ago)
great video. I really enjoy your videos and learn a little something each time!
steve walker (2 months ago)
Great job! I like that you showed your mistakes, and sharing your knowledge on fixing them. I think you made the right choice to stain it, as it now has a lot of character and is unique.
Mera The Tewahdo (2 months ago)
Great job!

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