By now, I was hoping to dazzle you with “After” photos of the antique pedestal table. While the base of the table has turned out great – the top – well, it’s not so great. When removing the veneer from the top of the table – there were places that needed to be filled.
Initially, I tried to use wood putty to fill in these holes and gouges. However, it quickly became apparent that this was not working well. Rather than a smooth table table top – there were places where it dipped. It looked wavy. Not what I was hoping for.
Wood putty filling that needs to be removed
So after reaching out to some fellow furniture refurbishers, I have learned that I am left with no choice but to remove all the putty I already used on the table- sand it down again and refill it with bondo. Generally, I like to use nontoxic and water based chemicals when working on furniture. Bondo is not my first choice but there are situations where I have no other option but to use it.
All in all – this whole process is going to take a lot more time. As in – it’s like starting over. Hence the image at the top of this post – which is from Austin Kleon. Mr. Kleon knows a thing or two about creativity. He also knows the process is not all rainbows and unicorns.
In the mean time, I will be distracting myself with some other projects that are bit easier to work on. Like recovering stools . . . no bondo required.