Painted Furniture – From Cute to Classy

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I loved the great lines and details of this old table but it was showing its age and the legs were a little shaky. After taking care of the structural issues, it was standing sturdy once again. 

Small Old Table - Before (Top)

Small Old Table – Before (Top View)

Small Old Table - Before

Small Old Table – Before (Front View)

Now time to pretty it up. The wood on the table top, although very nice, had suffered some unrepairable damage, so I taped out and painted a harlequin design to allow the beautiful wood to peek out and hide those ugly dark areas.

Old Side Table - After (Top)

Small Old Table – After (Top View)

I used a fleur de lis stencil to dress up the bottom shelf. It’s always a good match with a harlequin pattern.

Old Side Table - After (bottom shelf)

Small Old Table – After (bottom shelf)

To finish it off, I used a dark wax to make all the great detail in the molding stand out then clear wax over all, both from American Paint Company, great products.

Old Side Table - After

Small Old Table – After

Now on to the small bookshelf. This old piece was obviously hand built, which makes it a bit more special to me. Although it has great lines, it was in need of some sprucing up.

Small Bookshelves - Before

Small Bookshelf – Before

I started by adding a small architectural piece to the top then trimmed the front with a beaded molding. I made this by sandwiching a string of Christmas garland beads between two small square dowels. It gives the same look of the beaded wood molding but cost a lot less.

Small Bookshelves - After (Molding)

Small Bookshelf – After (Molding)

Small Bookshelves - After (Top)

Small Bookshelf – After (Top)

Then to finish it off, I painted it Smoke Signal and, for a pop of color, added Orange Grove to the inside.

Small Bookshelves - After

Small Bookshelf – After

 
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