When I was at the booth not too long ago I did my usual walk through. I stopped to get to know a new vendor who also paints furniture. She was setting out a vintage table that needs a makeover. And boy did it.
Sherry said if it didn’t sell she would go ahead and redo it. We looked at it and we both agreed it had potential but what in the world did the person paint it with. To this day I still don’t know. I drove off but that vintage table was on my mind and I had to have it. Visions of how great it would look with an Old Fashioned Milk Paint makeover were in my head. I circled around and bought the table.
Thank goodness for my end vision as the paint job was worse than I thought. At one point I considered chopping the table up for firewood.
So as I started working on this little table by sanding and using paint stripper this is what was going through my head besides taking the saw to it:
The 5 Phases of Furniture Refinishing
Inspiration: You fall in love with a piece and who cares if it is missing a leg or has a bad paint job. You can fix it.
Excitement: You can’t wait to get started because you know it will be beautiful.
Despair: You are in the middle of stripping paint or a huge repair. What the heck did I get myself into!
Determination: I am not going to let this decrepit piece of furniture get the better of me.
Exhilaration: I did it! I restored this disaster of an (insert your word). It looks beautiful!
Oh, I experienced it all. Once I got the table to the bare wood I wiped it down according to the directions you will receive from the Old Fashioned Milk Paint Company. The first layer of paint is Sea Green. A tad of Driftwood was added, it neutralized the green a bit. A little bit of the Milk Paint Extra Bonding was also added because there were some spots where I couldn’t get the old paint off. I didn’t want to take a chance of the first coat of paint not sticking.
Don’t you just love watching this paint dry? I love how you don’t know what it is going to do. When the paint was thoroughly dry I did another coat using Driftwood. It is one of my favorite colors. The green showed through in spots because that is what this paint does. To me, this paint gives a piece a natural chippy effect.
The 3rd and final coat of paint is the Buttermilk. And I added a dab of Driftwood to tie it all in. I love the effect. Then some areas were sanded back to smooth some parts out.
Now remember this is an old table and the top isn’t in the best shape. I repaired a really bad crack in the veneer but decided to leave the small ones alone. I decided it is like us humans, as we age we have lines but it shows we have lived and gives us character.
But sometimes a vintage table that needs a makeover needs a little something extra. In this case, it is a stencil with a French saying. It seems to be the added touch. I used gold craft paint and sanded it back so it looks faded.
A coat of Daddy Van’s clear wax to seal it and the story of how a vintage table that needs a makeover has a happy ending.