School Street Table ...
Tags: Vintage, vintage table, antique table, estate sale, mahogany side table, annie sloan, chalk paint, dark wax, vintage book, thrifting, diy, furniture, makeover, cottage style decorating, Frogtape, Home Depot
Late in the day last week, I decided to dash into an estate sale in our village and I was glad I did.  This little table was sitting forlornly at the end of an upstairs hallway just waiting for me.  I immediately noticed her curvy lines and solid structure and knew she would shine with just a bit of elbow grease and a fresh coat of paint.

The house was in terrible disrepair.  Water-stained walls, stinky carpeting, grime ... it was nasty!  So I decided to put forth a little more effort than was probably necessary to ensure this piece was clean and ready to go into a modern home.  I sanded it thoroughly and scrubbed it down to eliminate any lingering "ick" from its previous life.  Then the restoration began ...

First I used Frogtape to protect the top from paint splatters since I intended to keep the top natural.  Next I applied two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to the body and legs of the little table.  This piece is old and was missing a bit of veneer so I decided to decoupaged some print from an antique book I had laying around (circa 1894) where the old veneer had peeled away.  Next I glued and nailed a nice wood embellishment I bought at Home Depot to the front since I thought it needed a little punch. 

I mixed a teeny bit of Annie Sloan Dark Wax with some mineral spirits and lightly brushed the liquid mixture on the front to darken the edges of the front panel, similar to the original look.  I also dribbled the dark wax mixture into the wooden embellishment and into the leg details.  I'd never used this technique before and I really liked the result.  Warmed it up nicely.

I used decoupage glue to adhere the vintage paper to the wood, coated it with more decoupage glue, and waxed over the entire piece, including the paper/veneer areas to ensure a strong bond.

After some light sanding and scuffing, I applied three coats of dark wax to enhance the mahogany top and a coat of clear wax to the whole piece.  Next time I'll remember to wear gloves when I'm using the dark wax!  My hands are NOT picture pretty right now!  But this little table is and I had lots of fun giving her a makeover. 

I paid $15 for the table.  A nice bargain for such a sturdy and unique vintage piece that is sure to last another hundred years.  Thanks for your visit.  I'd love you to follow me here and on Facebook if you're not already.  Lots happening at the cottage-on-the-creek these days.  Stay tuned!

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Reply from: Courtney on 8/30/2012 5:10 PM
 So charming~ love it!!
Reply from: Mary Lou on 8/30/2012 5:39 PM
 Love this! I knew it would be adorable once you were done with it!
Reply from: Linda@Itsy Bits And Pieces on 8/30/2012 5:43 PM
 Lynn, this turned out beautifully...and the way you treated the veneer loss with decoupage is so charming!
Reply from: Marianne on 8/30/2012 5:48 PM
 Lynn, you have such an eye!!! I love what you did to this table. You gave it a brand new life, and it's splendid! I like that you left the top dark...a great contrast. She's certainly lovely to look at thanks to you. Wow! are things hopping over at Cottage and Creek? I'll stay tuned! Sending lots of love, and smiles, Marianne xox
Reply from: Susan on 8/30/2012 6:38 PM
 Fabulous job on the table. What a little beauty it is! Thanks for sharing. Susan
Reply from: Honey on 8/30/2012 8:04 PM
 The table is so pretty now! The color and detail are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday!
Reply from: Laura :) on 8/31/2012 12:56 AM
 Wooowwwweeeee!!!! You gave that little old table a new lease on life!!! It's beautiful and the paper added into those little spots just adds to the charm tenfold!!!! Lovely, just lovely!!!
Reply from: Leah on 8/31/2012 6:31 AM
 Love what you did with the table, Lynn!
Reply from: Marge on 8/31/2012 2:28 PM
 Busy hands can certainly be so creative. Beautiful table!
Reply from: Shirley on 8/31/2012 2:45 PM
 That looks wonderful. What a great make over. I love how you kept the top as is. Very nice.
Reply from: Kitty on 9/1/2012 4:07 PM
 This is really beautiful! I absolutely love every part of it. You have a great eye for this stuff.
Reply from: Kathy Owen on 9/2/2012 10:09 PM
 oh my gosh, this piece is awesome. Thanks for the tutorial. There are several techniques I want to try. Kathy, Petticoat Junktion
Reply from: Sue B on 9/3/2012 8:02 AM
 Lynn, I so admire your patience, know-how, and your energy! This project certainly took a lot of creativity and work - and the results are fabulous! Nicely done!
Reply from: Rebecca on 9/3/2012 9:40 AM
 What a charming transformation.....I love the tiny bit of book pages you added,that is such a great idea!
Reply from: Diann @ The Thrifty Groove on 9/5/2012 9:58 AM
 What a bargain! This is a gorgeous little table. And your redo on it is beautiful! Way to go for saving this beauty and bringing her back to life! Thank you for sharing last week at TTF. Have a fantastic day!
Reply from: Brenda @ Down Memory La La Lane on 9/5/2012 1:35 PM
 I did a wonderful service to that table! It is gorgeous!! I love that you left the top it's natural state and gave such a face lift to the rest!! BEAUTIFUL! You are so creative and have such lovely ideas to giving new life. I love it! Brenda
Reply from: Sherry on 9/6/2012 10:38 AM
 How cute! Sherry
Reply from: Melanie on 9/8/2012 9:47 AM
 Hi Lynn, so nice to meet you! I found your blog through The Charm of Home and I'm so glad I did. I just spent some time looking through your blog and I love your outlook on life, your talent in redoing furniture, your vintage finds, and your charming home. I have added your blog to my list of favorite blogs on my sidebar. I hope you will visit my blog and become a follower as well!
Reply from: Ann vonBehrens on 9/9/2012 8:56 AM
 What a beautiful transformation. It went from really blah to awesome.
Reply from: WendyBee on 9/9/2012 1:29 PM
 I love what you did for that lovely old, neglected table. You have a real gift, and I thank you for sharing. So many old things need not be discarded,they just need a little TLC and magical elbow grease to get ready for a new and more glamorous life.
Reply from: Kathryn Griffin on 9/9/2012 6:38 PM
 Oh, this is absolutely perfect! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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