Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Vintage Console Table

This was a custom piece.  It looks so basic, pretty outdated, and a little rough around the edges. 

I constantly have this debate with myself about continuing to refinish furniture or just to move on and do something else (I love politics!).  Sometimes I am so overwhelmed by all the projects I have that the stress seems to outweigh any benefit I get from painting.  But, I still can't see a piece of furniture like this and not think it could look so much better and make someone happy!  And, that, my friends, is why I am still painting!  


The top is pretty rough and has some pretty deep water stains. The veneer is chipped off the front piece, and it's just looking a little drab.  

This piece is actually all cherry veneer. The finish on it hid all the grain. 

This is what the top looked like when I sanded it down.  I know, right?!  I'm not sure if the top is cherry, too, because I've never seen a grain like this in a cherry piece, but it sure did feel and act like cherry when I stained it. 

I was a little sad because my client wanted a dark top and I was afraid the dark stain would hide a lot of the grain.  It did, but it is still a beautiful piece of wood!


She said her kitchen was pretty neutral and we decided a little color would be nice.  She showed me an inspiration picture and we went from there.  I love how this table has so much more character and presence now.  I don't think you would walk by it and not notice it. 

 Can I tell you a little secret?  These side angles are always my favorite.  I've done about 500 pieces of furniture in my day and a smooth finish still makes me want to reach out and touch it.  I always run my hands over it because I just love how it feels under my fingertips! 

The grain isn't as pronounced as it was before, but it is still gorgeous.  I used to freak out if there were any marks in the wood after I stained the top (you usually can't see a lot of things in wood until you get the stain and clear coat on).  But, now I just embrace those small imperfections and tell myself this piece of furniture is not new.  It has a history and a story to tell.  I don't want to erase all of that with my orbital. ;)  Anyhow, when you're working with veneer you can't sand too deep or you'll go right through and that makes me cry.  I don't like to cry. 

I love these antique brass knobs. I'm always amazed what a difference hardware makes! 


  1. Absolutely beautiful!! You won't even know it was the same table.

  2. Wow, it looks so rich! Love the colour choices!

  3. I love everything about this table - color, stain, and the hardware! Beautiful job!

  4. Gorgeous! What paint, and what colour of that paint did you use?

  5. wonderful color and beautiful natural tabletop console. the whole presents itself cool.

  6. Gosh that is gorgeous! What a difference - thanks for being such an inspiration! I absolutely love your posts and can't wait for the next one!

  7. Forgot to ask...what color did you use?

  8. Others are asking but I am what colors you used, its beautiful.

  9. Gorgeous! And I loved how the grain of the wood looked after you stained it!

  10. LOVE the color! So beautiful. :)



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