Another Craigslist find. Beautiful but missing quite a bit of the inlay veneer. For $30 I brought it home.
It took over four hours to remove the existing veneer on the legs with a hammer and a screwdriver! Just like the cavemen used to do it! I was so tired I was beginning to hallucinate! Atticus made sure I stayed awake. Here he is making his rounds. I discovered afterward that since the piece was so old, the veneer would have come off easily with a cloth and warm water! I tested a small spot. They were right! Why I didn't research first is a mystery! I sanded the glue and smoothed the legs as well as the inlay on the top. I painted right over the inlay with no problems whatsoever!
Here it is after! I used Annie Sloan Graphite. I merely painted on two coats, sanded a bit and let it dry. I then waxed the entire table with Annie's Clear Wax. It looks blue here, for some reason. It is a very dark, moody grey, however. Once the painting started, it took about 45 minutes to finish!
When the wax cured I reapplied the ormolu.
The photos do not do this color justice! It looks, well, like the graphite of a pencil. Dark and not shiny at all, (the shine is due to the camera flash). It almost looks black at times, very dark grey at others. I really love this! I was originally going to use this as a game table by the fireplace but I like it between the matching recamiers. What do you think?
I added more ormolu that I found in my collection. It was looking just this side of naked. What do you think?
This room (family room) is being painted. I cannot wait to show you the finished product!
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Courtney, at French Country Cottage's Feathered Nest Friday
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