I painted and varnished a table that someone threw out

So there’s a spot in the basement of my apartment building where people, usually when moving out, will dump unwanted items, primarily furniture. I always pass this spot when I take out my recycling, usually 1 out of every 3 times there’s something there. On one lucky day about 2 weeks ago, someone had dumped several pieces of furniture, including this little table:

little table

The paint job was poor, the colors mismatched, and I’m not sure what was going on with the sheet music at the top. While the concept of sheet music collage is a good one, taking 3 sheets and just plastering them on there (not even fully covering the table) is not exactly the best execution of that idea.

So I decided to repaint it to match a table I’d repainted about 2 years back. Picked up some pink and black acrylic, dug out my varnish, and had at it. Did 3 coats of paint, and then 2 coats of varnish. Took slightly longer than it could have, however; I needed to dry the varnish outside to due cancer-causing fumes and whatnot, and while I was crossing my fingers for sunny skies, the weather had other plans.

snowy table parts

I’m pretty happy with the outcome. The drawer is a little wobbly (this was clearly originally a cheap IKEA-esque piece of furniture), but aside from that it’s sturdy enough. My pens and notepads finally have their own home!

painted end table

And, here it is with it’s matching table (please ignore the shoes!):

table set

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