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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Antique Painted Dressing Table


This antique dressing table was a last minute spur of the moment eBay purchase. I logged on when it was ending and because it was reasonably cheap, I placed a rash bid and it was mine. Beautiful, hey?


The eBay description noted that the mirror has been removed, which didn't bother me, until I discovered that now that the mirror was gone, there was an almost 2 inch gap on top when you placed it up against the wall, as the legs jutted out at the back. 


Whilst not perfect, it's not that noticeable with all the display items on top unless you look closely.

So I decided to paint it with a light green chalk paint. 

That is where the I hit the second glitch. The paint was not covering the intricate floral carvings. I sanded and resanded, then painted and repainted. But there is still a hint of pattern coming through. You have to look closely, but it still bugs me just the tiniest bit.



After painting two coats of DIY chalk paint, I decided to darken it up a bit with a black stain.


I painted the stain on, waited a few minutes, then wiped if off with a rag, leaving just a tinge of stain.


I love the colour. It's perfect.

Then I applied a few coats of clear varnish. Reattached the original hardware and she was all finished.


This table is perfect in our living room as a display table so I will be keeping it. :)

12 comments:

  1. Great re love of this piece. Looks perfect in your living room.
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris! She is a keeper. :) BTW - Your garden is something out of a fairytale! Love it. x J

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  2. I love the color you did a great job with reloving this piece visiting from share your creativity have a great day

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    1. Thanks Robin! I love the colour too! Will be writing that one down for future use. :)

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  3. Turned out beautiful!!!! Featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee

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  4. Julie your dressing table makeover is beautiful! It caught my eye at the Flaunt It Friday Party. Wow, I see other projects in here that you've refinished - very talented! I'm definitely going to follow you on BlovLovin.
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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    1. Thanks Marie! I just popped over to your blog. Love your work! I'll be following you too!

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  5. congrats - this piece turned out amazing!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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  6. I like the faint shadows of the design showing through - more distressed and adds age to the beautiful piece.

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  7. GORGEOUS! Love the shape of the table and the color you used.

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  8. Hi Julie, I think you did a fabulous job on this piece. It looks stunning. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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