Monday, January 18, 2016

Restoring Some Ooh La La

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Oh my goodness! Has it ever been a while since I last posted! October? Really? I realize that I took a break from painting furniture while the studio was in full Christmas Workshop mode for classes, but I didn't realize just how fast the time flew by. Hmm, I'm going to remedy that situation TODAY!

These gorgeous tables were one of the last things that I painted up before I decorated the studio in time for the weekly Christmas decor workshops that I was hosting. I will let you in on a dirty little secret. When I created the studio I lost out on my main storage area for my house, so now if I'm hosting workshops as I did throughout the Holiday Season, then my stockpile of furniture and half finished projects then get shuffled around my house. I really do mean shuffled...from the downstairs TV room, to the guest bedroom, to my craft room, to the laundry room. In the furniture shuffle, my whole furniture painting set up gets shuffled along as well. It gets a little crazy around here but a girl has to have a stash, ya know? :)

Note the rather large painting table? Yeah, add that to the shuffle. So I guess my point is, that when I was hosting weekly workshops, it got hard to break out the painting supplies in between ;) But now that the craziness of Christmas is over I can show you some of the things that I have gotten up to like these tables.

They started out as beautifully, well made, maple french provincial side tables. They had all of their original style and pieces but over the years they had been abused and lost some of their ooh la la so they were definitely a project. They where perfect for me. Diamonds in the rough with heavily damaged finishes so that I didn't have to struggle with the inner demons that scream "don't paint beautiful wood". Or maybe I get those demons confused with my husband. He tends to mutter things like that too ;)

So let's get down to the nitty gritty why don't we? These babies were stripped of their brass hardware, disassembled and the tops were stripped and sanded to bare wood. After filling in the various scraps and obvious damage then I added two thin coats of General Finishes Java Gel to the tops and three coats of rub on poly. I painted the rest of the cabinets with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and waxed them with both the soft and dark waxes.

My goal was to keep these as classic as they were originally and the soft creamy finish completely did them justice. I'm so in love with how these turned out! As per my usual, I tried to figure out a way to keep them but they didn't fit in my bedroom. Curse you small bedroom!

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  1. Very pretty color and what a difference the paint made! Are you sure they won't fit in your bedroom stacked like in the picture?:-)

  2. Kim, I was so glad to see your post! I was wondering if you were still improving furniture. I must say, you are phenomenal at every piece you put your hands to! I love seeing your work. You have such an incredible eye to make things so much better every time! These are no exception. Oh my! If we lived closer I would so buy them! They're exactly what I've been wishing for for several years, and the work is already done! Gorgeous, gorgeous!
    Ruffles and Rifles

  3. Love your ooh la la ! :)

    sweet makeover on the tables.

    thank you for linking up to Talk of the Town!

  4. oh snap! something went wrong with the browser and I don't know if my comment went through. :(

    thanks for linking up at Talk of the Town, I love your ooh la la makeover!


  5. Oh my goodness, what a difference. The tops came out gorgeous, hasn't yet tried GF Java gel stain, I will have to definatley give a can a go around! Beautiful job love the classic look.


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