I mentioned last week how I was working on the French End Tables. However, I was only able to share how beautifully the top had turned out in Minwax Early American stain.Honestly, I had used the little table as a test piece to try out a few paint colors/finishes for a dresser that I am working on. This is why I wasn’t able to share the full “before and after” with you last week as it was kind of a hot mess of a paint job!
It has been awhile since I last shared these little French end tables. They are a pair but one had its bottom missing – or so I thought!
I decided to get started on the tables and first tackled the one with the missing bottom. When I opened its doors, lo and behold, there the bottom was! It had shifted at some point while being moved about and slid up to the very top of the interior and was smack up against the top. I managed to pry it down and voila! You can actually see the bottom against the interior top (confusing!) in this picture.
You likely don’t remember this sweet little mid-century modern table.
I purchased it and had fun sanding back the top in this YouTube video:
And, there it sat. It’s funny sometimes with pieces. The ones that I believe will sell immediately sometimes just sit. It likely was the color (such a bright blue) or the fact that a lot of people prefer a pair of tables. Honestly, I have no idea. A few weeks ago a customer contacted me who wanted to purchase it but she needed it repainted in pink. Why not?! She chose Behr Glamorous and here is the new “after” of this little MCM table!
The Apricot Moroccan Table is done! I’m calling it this as trusted readers remarked how it looked Moroccan or Spanish and I must agree. The cutouts definitely give it that vibe.
Last week I posted the Sunglow paint color disaster HERE. Instead of taking it in a totally different direction, I thought that a bright color was actually perfect for this table. I ended up using General Finishes Sunglow as the base color and adding General Finishes Apricot on top. It’s the first time I’ve used this color and I really like it. It is truly Apricot and very pretty. Nice and colorful but also soft and pretty – the perfect fit for the Moroccan Table!
I found this great little table the other day while at the thrift store. It is very 50’s with the octagonal top. I was drawn to it because the doors are so unusual with their pretty cutout shapes. It was a whopping $15.99 so into the minivan it went!
I decided to work on it today and needed to purchase the paint. I had in mind Snow White from General Finishes – a bright, modern white. My husband happened to be near the Woodworker’s Club (where I purchase my GF paints) and he volunteered to pick it up. However, he came home with a color called SunGlow – say, what? Poor guy, he tried. He thought they were all white (like Home Depot) and never even looked at the large printed SUNGLOW on the tin.
Vintage White Coffee Table Before and After
I mentioned yesterday how after purchasing a new rug, I was looking to find a suitable new coffee table for our living room. After searching high and low, I realized that I actually already owned the perfect table – my thrift store coffee table that I had purchased years ago. Originally, I had painted it in Annie Sloan Provence. A fresh coat of General Finishes Antique White has given it a new look!
Hampton’s Desk Before and After I don’t have a new Favorite Find Monday to share today. Instead, I’ll share a fun before and after of a favorite find from over the summer. It’s the fantastic old desk that my husband found on the side of the road in the Hamptons. The desk is extremely old, solid wood and had been tossed to the curb. We threw it into the back of the minivan and home to Maryland it went.
I believe you remember the farmhouse table that was my favorite find a few weeks ago?
After a failed attempt at removing the shellac, I tried again, and again, and – well, you get the idea. It was a time consuming process. For the leaves, I used a tip from a reader and wrapped a plastic bag around them after applying the Citristrip in order to keep the product wet and not let it dry out. Honestly, it didn’t help all that much. The shellac came off but again it took a few applications. This tabletop has been a ton of work, folks.
This is what I’ve been working on the past few days. And it’s a hot mess. I’m honestly about to scream and I haven’t even started on the table leaves yet. I have been using Citristrip to remove the old shellac and it has been quite the process. Three coats and it is almost off but the top is in bad shape. Fingers crossed that sanding it tomorrow may save it!
Do you remember my Favorite Find Monday from last week? I have been hard at work completing the bedroom set for a customer. Today, I’m sharing the pair of bedside tables. The original tables were very “orangey” and my customer wanted to tone them down in a pastel hue.
I used Annie Sloan Versailles to calm them down into sweet, cottage tables. I added a punch of orange back into the tables with the ceramic drawer pulls and I love the look – especially for autumn!