Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Antique Scalloped Edge Table Given New Life

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A lady called me and said she had 2 tables to give away if I was interested.  I LOVE when that happens.  She wasn't sure if this would be to my liking, well it's not, I don't like it, I LOVE it!!!  This is actually exactly my taste, well a little shabby, but otherwise, Awesome!

The top was in very bad shape, the varnish was chipping right off.  I sanded and scraped it, there was a big white stain, but luckily it didn't affect the wood.

The hardest part was scraping off the edges.  The finish chipped off, but it took a lot of scraping.

I mixed some brown gel stain with a little black stain and stained the top.  I painted the legs smoked turquoise.

When it was dry I polyurethaned the top and antiqued the legs with ebony stain. 

I think this one might be a keeper, I'm not sure where I will put it, but don't know if I can part with it.  Time will tell I guess.

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1 comment:

  1. I have a table very similar in style to the one you have posted, It's been in our family for years, and has been painted a few times. I just finished removing 99.9% of the paint (because I want to see how it would have looked in a natural finish). There are still some areas on the spindle legs, deep scratches on the top, and near the joints on the side where paint is difficult to remove.

    Stripping the paint wasn't the hard part, but on the delicate sides and legs wasn't so easy because I didn't want to go against the grain. Whomever turned the legs sanded against the grain. Therefore, that will take me a little while to fix. I have mostly raised the grain on the top for better removal of the old paint. That will probably take me another session or two. I don't want to warp the wood.

    Since mine is made of walnut, I am in a quandary of how to finish it. I'm thinking of four different ways - linseed oil, natural varnish, stain and varnish, or stain and polyurethane finish. I'm still debating. I did use three of my wood carving tools to carefully scrape the paint off in some of the deep crevices on the legs.

    Hopefully I will be done in two more days.


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