It’s All About the Legs!

Seriously… it’s almost always the legs of a piece that catches my eye… and this one has a gorgeous set of gams don’t you think?

Where she excels in the legs department her “face” has seen better days… it’s hard to see in this picture but she has a significant crack and missing section of veneer on the top… it’s a tragedy really… just wait until you see…

BEFORE

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Oh… I did forget to mention that even though her gams were great they were a tad wobbly (maybe she had a tad to much to drink? Laughing out loud)… I fixed the “wobble” by first removing the top and then disassembling the legs from the side pieces, they were held together with wooden dowels and glue. I sanded the connections then glued and clamped the table back together… the fix worked perfectly… and yes I DID remove the excess glue prior to painting…

Well lets get to groovin ‘cause she’s ready to dance again! Just check her OUT!!!

I painted her in ASCP in Paris Grey with the highlights in Old White… a classic for a beauty like this!

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I sanded the top down carefully making sure to be careful with the veneer and mother of pearl inlay… what a beautiful job someone did on this table top!

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I lightly distressed the paint and added a coat of Annie Sloan Wax to protect the finish…

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The curves and detail on her base really pop with this paint scheme!

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YUMMY!

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Ok… so now for the “bad” part… I couldn’t make the missing veneer or crack disappear, but I couldn’t bring myself to paint over this top! So she has a “beauty” mark…

I stained the top in a mix of Pecan and Special Walnut in order to closely match the sides of the top which I didn’t sand down…

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Could YOU have painted over this gorgeousness?

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One last look at her in all her glory! She looks pretty happy to me…

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So what do you think? Was leaving the top in this condition something you would have done or would you have painted the top? I think I did the right thing for me, but I want to know what the rest of you talented folks would have done…

Thanks for stopping by…

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17 thoughts on “It’s All About the Legs!

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  1. I would have left the top just as you did! The inlay is gorgeous! Also the way you painted the bottom is stunning it brings out the carving 🙂

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  2. Once I bought a white painted rocking chair for three dollars at an auction.When i stripped it down, it was made of beautiful dark wood….can’t recall which one….and it had similar inlays. I suspect your table was from the same period as my rocker, long ago sold as we were making a move and couldn’t take everything. I miss that chair to this day. I agree with the way you treated that table top. Beautiful job.

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  3. Oh what a great set of legs! I would have left the top like you did. It looks absolutely perfect. I wish I could paint like you? I just found your blog from joining the Feather Nest Friday party.
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  4. You have a great “artist’s eye” for knowing how to enhance a piece. What was the finish you used on the top of the piece? I just love the soft look of it!

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