Posted by: Small House Under a Big Sky Homestead | May 16, 2013

Parlor Table Transformed at Last!

Even though this turn of the century parlor table is pictured on my business cards, I never really wrote about the transformation of this table top.

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A dress form and airy birdhouse helped to create the simple and delicate staging style I prefer.

This table was purchase locally when I answered a newspaper advertisement while looking for “display” pieces for the former White Oak Studio & Gallery. I hit the jackpot when a lady had six great pieces to sell and was thrilled to see them go into a local shop to be used for display purposes.

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The wood tone of the top and side pick up the golden tones in the distressed areas.

I loved the vintage shape of this table; the crossbars, the turned legs and especially the beautiful top. But the top was covered in a thick, dull hazy “mystery finish” and needed to be stripped and refinished. For the past eight or so years it was in the gallery buried under merchandise for sale so I didn’t pay much attention to it. Then the day came when I needed a piece I could carry in by hand to paint in a Shizzle Design chalk painting class and this is the one I choose.

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Shelly of Shizzle Design took this photograph for her website. You can see how dull the top is.

We stripped and sanded the top, I painted and wet distressed the base in Michigan Pine chalk paint by CeCe Caldwell. The painted base was lightly waxed with clear soft wax.

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Two more beautiful close up shots by Shizzle Design. Thanks again Shelly!

The top wood is an outstandingly beautiful butterfly splice veneer. I didn’t want a finish that made it too shiny so I waited until I was sure of what I wanted to do.

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Varathane Matt Sealer was the perfect choice to protect the beauty of this tabletop.

There it sat. I was so busy painting pieces that needed to go out on consignment plus the fact that I had run out of matte sealer, I never quite got around to finishing the top. It’s been sitting on my three-season porch ever since.

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The maple wood shows through the Michigan Pine on the turned legs when lightly wet distressed.

Last week I finally got busy.  I brushed on a coat of Varathane matt sealer and hauled the table to the studio to my photo corner to style and photograph it. Yesterday I created this PicMonkey collage.

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Do you have pieces that never quite seem to get finished as well?

Small House / Big Sky Donna

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  1. Lovely as usual!


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