Oh what a project this antique table renovation has been! Far easier than some- a bit more work than others. But the result? Can I just say it. is. LOVE? Big Huge love. I won’t bore you with all the details and ins and outs in this post- because I am too excited to get this table properly styled and ready to share- I am just jumping in and sharing the reveal and how beautiful the raw finish turned out.
Antique Table Renovation – BEFORE
Let’s first take a look back at where we started. It was more than a tad dinged up. Worn. Worse for the wear and in need of a change of clothes and makeover.
I found it on marketplace- thought it had potential but wanted to see what else there was since it did look like it required a bit of work. And so – I watched it. And one day saw it pop up with a FREE price tag. And of course, the Free tag was a whole new ballgame. That meant you could overlook the issues and just go with the potential.
It came with chairs (more on those later) which I didn’t need. And it came with a whole lot of charm and details just waiting to be uncovered.
I am BEYOND happy with how it turned out. BEYOND! The finish is bleached and rustic and so very lovely. And that pale color lets all the charm and years of patina shine through.
THAT PATINA GETS ME EVERY TIME I LOOK AT IT. So. Good.
(Did I mention that I am obsessed? )
The table was a tad on the wobbly side- so I tightened up some of the joints and also fixed the leaves that pull out- so it can become a longer table easily now.
The finish on the leaves was in much better condition than the tabletop- probably because they were not used all that often. They do have a bit different patina even now- (and some areas that could use a little sandpaper love) but I love how they look.
The details on the legs, curvy corners and spreader area underneath the table came through just like I thought they would. Insanely gorgeous. And it just adds that layer of oomph and ooh la la to the overall look.
And of course, the details on the apron. One of the things that talked to me right away- that moulding. Knowing it was so much like my inspiration table looked and that it would be insane when it was finished.
The patina is full of gorgeous raw wood, natural colors, old beetle holes (thankfully have not seen any active beetles come out of this table) and the usual signs of a well worn and loved piece of furniture. There are some rough patches that I may sand a bit yet- and I am debating using a white wax on it to lighten it a bit further. There are some areas that seem to have a tad yellow or green look to them- which I am guessing is just the wood tone and uneven stripping. I don’t want to tackle using bleach or ammonia on it. After all the times of wiping down those antique pieces during summer with the ammonia- I really don’t feel the need to use it again haha. It was a bit much.
Stay tuned for where this table lands- I am so happy with how it turned out. I will share a post all about the Good, the Bad & the Ugly with this renovation soon. What do you think of how it looks? Here is the BEFORE & AFTER again.
Did I mention that I am OBSESSED?
Happy Wednesday all!