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 View)
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Bookshelf – After (Molding)
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 Bookshelf – After