Sweet French Provençal Dining Table

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So let me tell you about what it looked like before.. The table was finished in a light maple stain and it had no defects other than a few light surface scratches… so other then being outdated it was in great shape and it even had a leaf!!!

I bought the table for my oldest daughter, who will be living off campus next year as a Sophomore at Radford University, I didn’t think about the fact that most of the apartments wouldn’t have any dining rooms… Where will they eat all of those gourmet meals they will be preparing Winking smile? I was so excited about being able to contribute to her first apartment… all I had for my first apartment was my bed, a dresser and a bean bag chair.. no joke!

So the table is not a keeper… It turned out to be a custom paint job for a client who had some chairs, but no table so it all worked out in the end. My Aunt helped me out on this project and together we stripped, sanded and applied 3 coats of Special Walnut stain to the top. The base we painted with two coats of Duck Egg chalk paint, lightly distressed, waxed with Provence tinted wax and then buffed it. I decided to wax the top as well, so two coats of wax and a good buffing and the table was done. I really love the way a table top looks when it is waxed. Also, it is so easy to care for if something should happen to it… perfect for families with kids!

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Just a tiny bit of distressing…

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No Weimaraner’s were harmed during this photo shoot, so don’t let him tell you otherwise! He just likes to sleep in the sunshine… cutie!

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Just check out her Cabriole legs!

Now this sounds like it was an easy project, but I had a ton of problems with the stripper. I used Citristrip, which I have used before, but something went wrong and I’m not sure what happened. First of all the stripper never really dried and was the consistency of mucus when I went to remove it… HUGE, nasty mess! Then when I went to wipe it down with mineral spirits I just couldn’t get everything off of the surface and every time I started to sand the top the sandpaper got all gunked up with crud that I couldn’t see on the table, but it was obviously there…. So I let the table top dry out for a couple of days and hand sanded the top for the first pass, then used the electric sander with 220 grit paper. Now this same problem occurred with two other table tops I was stripping the same day! Ugh! I would rather sand than use stripper… it’s a preference thing for me… so if you are reading my posts you will now know why I’m just sanding away at a top, it’s actually one of my favorite things to do when I’m refinishing a piece… just sayin’!

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The Trestle Table Tale

Say that three times fast…Surprised smile

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The table is a wonderful Pennsylvania Dutch oak trestle table that I purchased from a very nice lady over the summer (she cried as my husband was packing it into the truck). I had every intention of refinishing soon, but it was the perfect height and size to use as a work table.. YIKES! So there it sat until a super nice lady came by to see the 5 Legged Table that I had just refinished.. she LOVED it but it just wouldn’t work for her in her newly remodeled space. So, as luck would have it I had three (yes 3.. don’t you have 3 dining tables hanging out in your garage too..!) unfinished dining tables for her to look at… and no I’m not a dining table hoarder, but I TOTALLY could be if given the chance! Lucky me she fell in love with this table and wanted it to be finished like the round one.. no problems there! Let me tell you though this oak top was a seriously hard.. some stripping, lots of sanding and few coats of Dark Walnut stain. I distressed the stained top to have a more casual feel to it.. see the client has kids and starting it off with a slightly worn look may help the natural wearing that it will get! I also chose to finish the top off with a couple of coats of wax instead of polyerethane. My reasons for this were simple.. if something should ever happen to the top (you know kids and sometimes husbands Winking smile) she could easily fix the scratch with some stain then apply another wax coat and it would look as good as new! The base is painted in ASCP Provence with the stripe in ASCP in Old White. The base got a very light distressing, a coat of wax and then a nice buff.

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The table with the leaves in is very long!

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The legs are really neat and have a little flair at the base.

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The client wanted VERY little distressing, I think this does it!

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I also need to mention that I have a lot of projects going on so my SUPER WONDERFUL Aunt came to help me out for a few days and this is one of the projects she helped me on.. I was very grateful for her help but also felt kind of bad that she always left me looking so dirty… Oops! I did warn her…

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A Lion or A Griffon.. Either Way It’s A Cool Buffet!!

This tale starts off like many others, but where it will end up is yet to be determined…
You know how it goes….Hubby and I were out looking for furniture the other day when we ran across this baby!

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He’s is so AWESOME! But… he needs a lot of love.. He has quite a bit of peeling and missing veneer, the original back mirror piece is missing so we will need to fabricate a piece to fill the area, he needs a handle and his front paws are missing (aww). BUT his drawers, doors and cabinet are in great shape! He’s very sturdy and very old.

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The BEST part, the VERY best part, his FACE!

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Oh, I’m in LURVE!

And believe it or not the original paper manufacturers tag is still attached! The buffet was made by a company named the Mechanics Furniture Company, sometime between 1890-1920’s. We have looked for HOURS trying to source the piece but have been very unsuccessful! We’ve found some close, but not exactly.

So picture this, me and hubby standing around the buffet hmm’ing and hawing about whether or not to buy it, but not being able to walk away because of the FACE… Needless to say we bought it, knowing full well (sort of) how much time it will take to get it into shape, but wanting to try anyway.

So this is just a teaser post as I have not even started working on it, but I would love to hear what you think it! Does it scare you or do you think it is a cool piece too?

Also, if you just so happen to know anything about this piece I would love to hear from you!!! Wish me luck, I’m pretty sure I’m going to need it!

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1966 Thomasville Coffee Table Reinvented

1966 Thomasville Coffee Table - Before Yummy.. is what I think about this table now! I knew I would love it as soon as I saw it listed on CL… I was very excited that it was still available! However, when Hubby and I went to pick it up we did I see a small blemish on the top, but I knew if I couldn’t get it out I could paint the top so it was not a big deal. I love how long it is (69″ !!), so long in fact that there is a metal bar under the top that spans the length of the table for extra support. It also has these cool compartments that have doors on BOTH sides of the coffee table! I think it is oak, whatever wood it is it is SUPER heavy for a coffee table that’s for sure!! I’m going to use it in our basement, where the kids play video games, so the compartments are perfect for storing remotes, controllers, etc… Now all I need to do is continually remind them to put them away inside of it Baring teeth smile!

Unfortunately the top blemish was beyond repair and the veneer parquet inlay top was just not evening out after I stripped and sanded it.. oh well on to plan B! So I broke out the ASCP in Graphite for the top, one coat only because I wanted the inlay to show through the paint. I sanded it to a very light coat and even all the way through in some places… waxed & buffed it.. I think it is seriously gorgeous!

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I tried out a new paint for the base, CeCe Caldwell’s chalk & clay paint, the color is called Smoky Mountain Gray. I loved the color and it went on like a dream, smoother than the Annie Sloan chalk paint in my opinion. It also distressed very easily and stuck to the wood without any issues at all, my only “problem” was that I didn’t like the way the wax reacted to it when I went to wax it. The paint seemed to absorb the wax and it took a lot of wax to feel like I had it covered. I will use the paint again, but I may use another product to top coat it.

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I normally would have removed the metal grates and hinges, but for this piece I wanted to paint them.. I love the way they turned out and depending on the piece will totally do it again!

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What do you think? Have you tried CeCe Caldwell’s paint and had any waxing issues or is it just me Confused smile?

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A Much Loved China Cabinet

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This one is uniquely mine… there was no way I was selling it after all the time I put into it and how much I loved it… it was perfect for me!

The cabinet was a score from the Goodwill store.. I just happened to be at the right place, at the right time, don’t you just love it when that happens! We couldn’t fit both pieces into the SUV so we had to make two trips.. but it was so worth it! The cabinet is solid wood and was probably manufactured sometime in the 60’s or 70’s.. (ok, so I’m just guessing the date range, but based on the overall feel of the piece I think I’m pretty close). All of the metal work was old brass in color and the cabinet had a fluorescent light with a plastic diffuser cover in it… gross!

This was the very first piece I painted using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint, wow… have I learned a lot about this paint since then, way back in June :). I will admit that I really didn’t believe the hype about not needing to prime… so I primed… crazy huh? At the end of the project I was glad I did because it gave me an additional layer of color to work with during the distressing process.

I used the Kilz primer that I had on hand, it was tinted grey from a prior painting project, and primed the entire outside. I then painted the outer cabinet with 2 coats of ASCP in Provence and freaked out! This color looked WAY too bright… (let me tell you that today Provence is my favorite color, I just LOVE it)… but 8 months ago I wasn’t so sure… I continued on, hoping that in the end it would look great. Does this ever happen to you? You are partway through a project and you are thinking “oh no, what have I done”? Well, that was where I was, but I pressed on, having just enough faith to keep me going… I sanded the paint down some to give the piece a little distressing… I LOVED how easy the paint distressed, but not all of the dust it creates… I was so filthy after this part of the job it was ridiculous! But I still wanted to tone the color down more, so after I applied a coat of clear wax I applied a light layer of dark wax. I loved the way the color toned down and the dark wax aged the piece just right… The inside I painted with Old White, no distressing just a light sand and a coat of clear wax. I finished up with a lot of buffing! I was very happy with the color combination and level of brightness of the toned down Provence. The handles and grate I painted with oil rubbed bronze and reattached. The original fluorescent light box was brought into the 21st century by replacing it with puck lights wired to the original electrical wiring… we rarely turn them on, but we wanted the option just in case! This project took a LONG time, but it was not difficult…. it’s a big china cabinet with a lot of nooks and crannies… but in the end I think the results were worth the time invested.

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I have a collection of pitchers that I wanted to display… some are vintage, some are hand-made, a couple are mass-produced, but they all have meaning…. truthfully this cabinet has turned out to be the perfect piece! It brings in a fantastic pop of color into an overall neutral room and allows me to display pieces that hold such wonderful memories for me….

I think every room should have a pop of color… it doesn’t have to be big, it can be something as small as a vase… but I think color can have a tremendous effect on you… and as I write this I find myself eyeballing my black accent furniture and thinking hmmm…. what if you were BLUE or maybe a great GREEN… (please don’t tell my hubby I’m thinking that!)

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Three Cool Chairs.. Nope not Four.. Just Three!

The title should say it all.. but “why?” you ask would I buy a set of 3 chairs? Well, for one they were cool, and I am not about to pass up any cool chair no matter the number, they were inexpensive and lastly I knew it wouldn’t take much to get them into shape.

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So other than the fact that they didn’t have seats they were in excellent shape. They, of course, needed a paint job but that’s no problem around here. After I decided I wanted to keep the one armless chair to use as a desk chair I had a general plan. I was going to spray paint them, which I hate doing ‘cause I stink at it, but the armchairs were going to get a coat of glossy black and the “keeper” chair was going to get a coat of blue that I already had on hand and LOVED!

So I cleaned them up, lightly sanded a few areas and commenced to the spraying.. luckily it was about 60+ degrees outside when I decided to do this so it made the process that much easier. The armchairs got 3-4 light coats of black spray paint.. now let me tell you I started of with Valspar gloss black and by the second coat I was ready to pull my hair out!!! The spray was coming out erratically and the paint was sputtering onto the chairs!!! I cleaned out the nozzle, but it still was not working properly so I ditched the can I bought some RustOleum Gloss Black… which I have to say went on beautifully each and every coat… I will be sticking with RustOleum when possible, sorry Valspar lovers Sarcastic smile… Also, I didn’t get any during pictures of the black chairs (probably because of the hair pulling) , but the blue is a Rustoleum color named Lagoon.. I think it is a great vibrant blue and it went on very smoothly.

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I then took a piece of scrap wood and made a seat template (I would normally use cardboard but I didn’t have any!) by tracing the sides if the chair onto the wood. I cut the wood with a jigsaw and then used that template to trace out and cut the seats. I used what wood I had on hand, which was a pine board less than 1/2” thick. I did a quick sand on the edges after I cut them then used the board as a template for my foam.

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Using a 2” think foam I sprayed both the board and the foam with foam adhesive and VERY carefully put the two pieces together. I was then preparing to cover the foam with batting when I remembered my stapler was broken and the whole project ground to a stop… seriously… I should have planned better!

While contemplating what kind of stapler to get, how much to spend on it etc. I needed to also consider future projects, the fact that the last stapler was the third in as many years and was $40+ when I bought it, which I thought was not cheap for a stapler. So I went to a local foam & upholstery supply shop, asked for help and came home with what I can only describe as an AWESOME stapler. I t was not cheap at $165, but it will see me through many, many projects without frustration and you really have to factor that into your purchasing decisions. It is an electric stapler made by Romeo Maesrti in case you are in the market for one, oh yeah…and as a side note the staples were SUPER cheap, like $4.50 for 10,000 staples!

So after my new stapler purchase it is onto the rest of the project…

I just happened to have on hand some blue and white Damask print fabric perfect for my chair! I just cut it to size, pulled it tight and stapled my little heart away.. it is so nice to have the right tool for the job! I attached the seat to the frame with four screws and Viola! done…

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I bought quatrefoil fabric for the black armchairs from Hobby Lobby.. I knew I wanted a graphic pattern on it.. but it is so hard to choose.. so many good choices, but I love how they came out as well!

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I sold these beauties to someone before I could finish this post… I was actually on my way to take them outside to take pictures of them! Love it!

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A Super Cute Gossip Bench

Gossip Bench – Before (Cell Phone Pic.. Sorry)

This little gossip bench was refinished for my youngest daughter, who is almost 10. She goes thrifting / antiquing with us sometimes on the weekends and one time she saw a cute gossip bench and fell in love with it! However, I did not…. my practical side was trying to determine where in her room it would fit, see she is a borderline hoarder (not really, but it is extremely hard to get her to get rid of anything!). Also, the finish on the bench was just a spray painted flat white with a white cushion at a cost of $140! Hmmm, I don’t think so! I very calmly explained to her that I would look for a less expensive one and design it just for her so it would coordinate with the rest of her furniture.. WHEW…crisis averted!
Well, it took a couple of months, but I got this one for $18, it didn’t have a seat but that was NOT problem!
I painted the bench with a couple of coats of ASCP in Paris Grey (which matches her dresser and nightstand), wax and buffed… easy stuff… now on to the “hard” stuff… My SAH (super awesome husband) cut a seat bottom for me and I glued a 2″ foam cushion to the wood, wrapped it in batting and covered the seat with white duck fabric then stapled it to the underside..
“WHITE!” you say… “for a child!” Yes.. see I have a plan… I am going to make a slipcover for the bench so when (not if) it gets dirty it can be washed… that’s me always thinking ahead 😉
Let me start by saying I am not a seamstress… Yes, I own a sewing machine, yes, I can sew a curtain and a pillowcase, but this is not my area of expertise by any means…
So I bought this great fabric that for the seat that is pink with a grey and cream stripe. I used the ruffler attachment for my sewing machine and made the ruffle part. I attached the ruffle to the seat fabric, inserting breaks where the arms meet the bench. This is the first time I had done anything like this… I took my time and kept checking fit every time I sewed a side, because of this I think the final fit came out great and it really did not take too long! I love the way it looks and the fact that I can remove it to wash it is a plus.

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My daughter loves it! She likes to read or play video games there, but it’s more likely than not to have a bunch of her stuff piled up on it… her organization skills are not quite where I would like them to be! Which is why I took the pictures outside instead of in her room… seriously don’t have the time to organize it to look good enough to take pictures of.. I will one day soon though!
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The Five Legged Table in Provence and Kona

Ok…. so the title of this post sounds a little like a weird Indie film title… oh well … I think the tale of this table is so long it could be made into a short Indie film… who would they get to star as me… covered in sawdust… stain… gunk I don’t even know what it is… not many women I know.. maybe if the part was written for a man!

Perfect guy for the job.. MIKE ROWE…

Mike Rowe as ME!

This is a nasty, dirty job most of the time and I pretty much looked like the picture of Mike above.. FUN times 😉

On to the tale of the TABLE…

This table was listed as a “paint me” special at a local shop…. I of COURSE fell in love with it immediately because of her GORGEOUS legs… she is mahogany and has no missing parts (if you don’t count the missing leaves, which I don’t ’cause they are always missing, umm.. is there a special place where all of the missing socks and table leaves go to be found later?)

The Top:

The MOSTLY Before of the Top

She had some pretty good-sized scratches on the top, but I was hoping to be able to sand them out and stain the top.. my backup plan was to paint the top.. I told myself there was NO WAY I was removing the veneer… I sanded the top down and had to fill one tiny scratch that was just too deep, I then stained the top Kona, I had to use two coats…. after the first coat some of the scratches were still visible, but once the second had been applied they virtually disappeared.. man did that make me happy!

Now, for the apron..
She had a lot of allergatering (can I use this word in this way? sorry if not, but that is what was happening!) I started out sanding the apron with the orbital sander and that worked great, except for the areas near the top and the bottom molding.. I tried to use my mouse sander for those areas, but the poly just kept melting on the sandpaper and gunking it up.. so the table sat for a while I thought of how next to tackle it. My next thought was to use a stripper (as a side note I do love it when my husband calls me and asks what I’m up to and I can honestly tell him “stripping in the garage”.. hee.. hee, look it’s the little things that keep you going right?) Anyway.. I did two applications of the stripper, it took a lot of it off, but still left goopy areas that I was having a hard time getting to, not to mention getting off so…

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My final solution (partially based on the fact that some of the veneer was loose) was to remove the trim molding (intact, to be reattached later) remove the veneer and use the wood underneath..

My Veneer Removing Tool of Choice

Now some of you may know that depending on the age of the piece you will still have a VERY good quality wood under the veneer.. I was totally banking on that! So I removed the veneer, which could have been a much worse job than it was, and sanded the apron with 80 / 100 / 150 / 220 sandpaper, in that order. The wood was beautiful.. and in great shape..

Beautiful Wood Apron

I applied a coat of Kona stain and let it dry. Meanwhile I removed the old nails & gunk from the apron trim piece and sanded it down to reattach. I applied some glue, clamped it on and nailed the piece to the table using the original nail holes. I had to trim it down when I got to the end because the circumference of the table had changed with the removal of the veneer, by 1 1/2″! After I filled the nail holes & sanded the trim piece I then stained it to match the rest of the top.

After everything was stained and dry I applied a couple of coats of polyurethane to the top and apron.

Whew! Now the base..

So PURDY!!!

She got a good sanding (again the allergating) and two coats of ASCP in Provence.

Bringing Sexy Back!

We have a had a run of nice weather here recently so I was able to take her outside to sand her down and blow her off with the blower (love that!) I put a coat of clear wax on the base and then I painted a few areas on the legs with an accent stripe in Old Ochre and then buffed her down.

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Oh yeah, almost forgot… she also got some new wheels.. the original ones were missing (went to hang out with the socks & leaves I guess :0) so I replaced them with some wood ones that I think would have been similar to the original wheels.

Replacement Wooden Wheels

The End Result….
I love this table… it’s funky legs, the color combination, the wheels and the fact that it was resurrected to provide many more years of happiness for someone! The top is not “showroom” perfect but it is as good as it can get… and it really does look great!

Dining Table – After
Finished Table in Basement Kitchenette

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