Sunday, September 26, 2010

Reuse & Revitalise

Six hours of elbow grease was all it took to transform this sorely neglected hardwood draughtsmans table (circa 1960) into a sturdy craft table / computer workstation that we can keep in our family for the next 50 years.

The table was covered in dust, chewing gum and sticky tape collected over its decades of use in a public library. The wear and tear has given it a character that we adore but we could certainly do without the sticky bits!

First up, we soaked the tape with detergent to remove the carriers. I then rubbed down the adhesive residue with eucalytus oil and scraped it all off. This process took about 2 hours.

The second part was to chip away fifty years worth of atrophied chewing gum chunks stuck under the table. This task also took about 2 hours but seemed to take far longer!

Finally, after 2 hours of polishing, wiping and vacuuming - oh and did I mention gently scrubbing the laminate with a toothbrush - my work was done.


  1. Glad to hear you guys could get it in your place. Can't wait to see it.



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