I have taken up furniture refinishing. and my first victim was this $7.00 coffee table I found at my local thrift store. It wasn't too bad but it was missing a couple corner pieces and had its share of scuffs and scratches. But I knew I could add some new corner pieces and the scuffs and dings in the wood didn't worry me since I'd be sanding them off.
I got some frog tape at Lowe's (and I'll just say this stuff is amazing!!!) It was on the spendy side for what I am used to paying for tape but worth EVERY PENNY! I needed something that wouldn't let anything seep under the tape. Next, I spent a good 2-3 hours taping off my checker design on the table top. (I had Dan help carry the table inside to our living room so I could tape it off while we watched some shows on Hulu late at night. Dan was fast asleep by the time I was finished but if you know me I have to keep going until I reach a good stopping point. I think I was finished about 2:00 in the morning. I thought it even looked good with the green tape! :) just kidding
Next the table went back in the garage and I masked the rest of the table off with some kitchen trash bags that I cut open and some masking paper. I wanted to be sure I didn't drip any stain outside of where my checkers would be.
This is a picture after just one coat.
I plan on reselling the table for at least $200 but we'll see what happens.