and no room in my studio to work,
(and especially because all that remained was to restore the doors…)
there was just no more excuse to keep overlooking the end of this project.
The Long and Short of it is this…
I bought the table later year 2010 as a project for my auntie—she was interested in creating a small island in her little kitchen.
THIS was our inspirational piece—perfect, but very expensive.
The project was abandoned when she happened to find something else.
Finally, I pulled the table from storage and stuck it in my antique mall space. But no one seemed to be interested in it so I pulled it for a new project of my own.
So~ what to do to it. . . what to do. . .
My first instinct was to just paint it. So I grabbed a sander to give it a tooth so the paint would stick. But that common French Provincial paint finish was coming off INCREDIBLY EASY! And the wood was a nice maple!
Sanding still lead to a bit of Gel Stripper cleanup.
The leather top had issues too, somebody coated it with “something” that I couldn’t figure out or work around—so, with nothing to lose, I stripped it too. It actually left an interesting patina in the border-area!
I decided to just wax the wood.
But I did ultimately paint too!
I also “oxidized” some areas with the same paint.
Here’s the REfinished project—
and it’s back in the antique mall for sale (if you’re interested).
ps—the center spins!