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When I first saw this table, it looked very sad and neglected. I think it was purchased at a flea market. Is it scary that I can’t remember? Anyway, the veneer was peeling and the legs were faded and just a mess. It looked like it had been left out in the rain or something. However, I could see a beautiful future for this table.
First thing was to remove the rest of the veneer. Thankfully, it came off easy and all I needed to do was give it a good sanding. I know veneer is often applied to give the illusion that there is one large solid piece of wood, so I wasn’t surprised to see the seams of the wood pieces of the table top. I actually think that looks cool in the shabby chic realm. I decided staining the top will look impressive, especially accompanied by a beautiful stencil that would match the leg color. Deep, rich walnut was the color of choice.
The legs were various shades of faded brown stain, but had potentially charming legs, six of them! I knew the color for this lovely table had to be “Florence”, the rich turquoise color chalk paint. It’s such a gorgeous vibrant color that would look amazing with the stained top. As much as I love this color, on its own it was a bit to vivid for the look I was trying to achieve. This was easily remedied by application of a diluted wash of walnut stain. Perfectly muted color and enough darkness in the crevices and detail to enhance the contours of the legs.
The stencil on top was also muted with the diluted walnut stain. This attractive detail enhanced an otherwise plain surface and of course complimented the same color already used on the legs. The final finish for the piece is a new favorite of mine, Varathane in satin. I love the satin finish on my pieces, enough of a sheen to enhance and protect, but not too showy.
This striking accent table would brighten any room. Do you have a room that needs a little burst of color? This colonial style table will do the trick. This will be available at my new location below.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!! Besides my booth at the Peddler’s Mall in Georgetown KY, beginning Aug 20th, I will also have pieces available at Country Heart Crafts and Supplies at 140 N. Main Street in Williamstown KY! Since this is my hometown, I’m thrilled to have a presence closer, which has been my dream.
Thank you Storme Vanover, who runs this fabulous place loaded with wonderful items from many crafters. She’s an amazing lady, who happens to be the one who organized the Derby Day back in May and is in the process of handling the upcoming “Marigold Festival” taking place September 22nd. I will be having a booth there, like I did for Derby Day.
One more thing… Did you know that this year is the first U.S. 25 Yard Sale? Follow the link for more info, this is in KY for the first year, but will expand in the future.
Norma Oliver, owner of Norma’s Kentiques, is a happily married empty nester who has raised six children. She loves to hunt down ugly and rejected furniture that is still valuable and sturdy. Each piece is given a distinctive look, often through a professionally applied chalk paint and wax finish process. These bargain accent pieces are then sold at her booth within the Georgetown Peddler’s Mall (inside-far left). See more of Norma’s Kentiques on her Facebook page and visit her blog at www.normaskentiques.com.