A little gold antique table.
I love antiques, and I especially love the furniture that I inherited from my grandparents, because it’s part of my story. When they passed away we were overseas, and my sister, aunt and mom graciously stored everything that they either knew I wanted or thought I might want. When we returned home last year I spent a week collecting my treasures to bring to our new home.
This round gold table was one of the pieces that I knew I wanted.
I love the fact that it’s round instead of the usual square or rectangle, and I absolutely adore the detail on the legs. What I wasn’t so much about was the color. I felt like underneath all of this fussy gold was a sassy little table just waiting to shine. So I hauled her out to the garage and we started looking for her personality.
(Please note the plastic underneath my little table. This was my attempt to pacify my sweet hubby, who says inane things like “Please don’t paint furniture directly on the garage floor!”…usually while clutching his hair and looking a little crazypants. He’s so dramatic.)
The finish on this was pretty rough, and so I decided that rather than try to strip it off, I would try painting over it and see what happened. (This is, incidentally, how I live life as well. Keeps my hubby on his toes.) I washed it down really well and got to work. The color I had chosen was an amazing blue.
A little blue antique table!
Once I got her all painted, I decided to try a little bit of antiquing. I loved the updated look, but still wanted some of the “old charm” to come through. I used a dark brown paste wax, rubbed it on and then buffed it back off. Behold:
I love how the wax stays in the corners and ridges and brings out the details. Also…please note that the plastic is gone. I finally got tired of it sticking to the legs. See the blue sheen on the garage floor? This is a very small section, so I’m sure you’re thinking “Well, that’s not really so bad”. Rest assured–the entire floor of our two-car garage had a lovely blue tint to it. I am nothing if not thorough.
After a couple of coats of wax and a good buffing, this was the end result. I absolutely love it, it fits perfectly in our new home, and I think my very formal gold table has found her true personality! She reminds me a little bit of my grandmother–formal on the outside and a little sassy underneath.
Because I inherited the table, the cost of the project was limited to one can of chalk spray paint and one small container of paste wax–less than $10 total. And the wax will get used for a lot of projects, so even the cost of that was minimal.
On to my next project!