Christina from Phoenix Restoration completely revitalized this adorable table in Elegance!
This is one of those pieces of furniture that I never bought with the intention to restore. We purchased it on Craigslist a few years ago to use as a desk in a very small closet we converted to an office. At the time, I was still working and had not done any experimenting with restoring furniture. I never loved the piece – it was function over form – and this table fit in and maximized the space we were working with.
Two+ years later, the “office” has been through more than one iteration and this table was moved out to the living room to use as a sofa table. In November, we remodeled our kitchen and no longer had the wall space or need for this table, so we moved it out to the shed and I posted it to CL and OfferUp to try and get rid of it. I received a few terrible offers, and honestly, knowing what I know about furniture now, I wouldn’t have paid anymore than what I was offered for it. But, given our initial investment, I decided I didn’t want to let it go that cheap and I would have to give it a makeover to be able to sell at respectable price.
In December, I started the process of preparing the surface for paint. I knew I wanted to use Country Chic Paint in “Elegance” for the body and was hoping to do a dark wood stain on the top. Unfortunately, after sanding the surface of the tabletop, it was obvious that the veneer was either not real or not high enough quality to endure refinishing, so I changed gears and opted to paint the top instead.
While the top was original to the manufacturer’s design, the body had obviously been painted over the original factory lacquer. And by painted – I mean it was slathered on like black tar. There was zero preparation done to prepare the original surface for paint and it looked terrible. I tried to get away with just sanding down the surface to prior to applying CCP, but I knew I couldn’t do that with a clear conscience, especially since I was painting to sell. I had to do it right; I had to strip the black paint off.
Let me tell you – as soon as I started scraping off that first application of Citristrip, I regretted starting the project all together and wished I had accepted the $25 offer for the table!
I knew this job was going to take 5-6 applications of stripper – and I was right. It was so messy and disgusting. Since it was the holidays, and the weather was cold, and I just wasn’t very excited about the work in the first place, it took several weeks just to get through stripping the paint off. I worked on this project alongside several other furniture makeovers I completed over the last month. Finally, after I had enough of stripping, I let it dry for several days before I started the tedious process of sanding down the surface. To lighten my load, I used the palm sander to remove all remaining paint and ended up with a bare wood veneer.
I primed the top with shellac to prepare for the paint I planned to use:
Since I was working with raw wood everywhere else, I skipped primer on the body of the table and went straight for CCP’s Elegance paint. I’ve wanted to use this color for months, and was excited to finally pop open the can and try it out! The paint went on smooth and I probably could’ve called it good after 2 coats, but applied 3 for good measure. For the top, I used General Finishes “Antique White” and I sealed the entire surface with satin topcoat.
One of the goals for my business in 2015 is to seriously dedicate time to learning about photography. On Saturday, prior to sharing the reveal for this piece, I took an all day beginners’ photography class to learn more about my using my camera in the creative modes (not automatic modes). After taking the class, I was completely overwhelmed with how much there is to know, but was excited to try out some of the functions I learned about during the class.
This piece is my first staging candidate following the class and after I took 100+ pictures, I finally felt as if I might be wrapping my mind around how all the different settings work together to perfect a photo. I had this moment where it all “clicked”…. I think I had the same moment in the 3rd grade learning long division. ☺
These photos were taken with sharp daylight from the South (left), but you would never guess – would you? I’m thrilled with my very basic, entry level, new found knowledge and look forward to improving my skills with time and lots of practice.
Moreover, I am completely thrilled with the results of this piece and look forward to finding a happy new home for it to serve as a console or desk.