I loved the great lines and details of this old table but it was showing its age and the legs were a little shaky. After taking care of the structural issues, it was standing sturdy once again.
Now time to pretty it up. The wood on the table top, although very nice, had suffered some unrepairable damage, so I taped out and painted a harlequin design to allow the beautiful wood to peek out and hide those ugly dark areas.
I used a fleur de lis stencil to dress up the bottom shelf. It’s always a good match with a harlequin pattern.
To finish it off, I used a dark wax to make all the great detail in the molding stand out then clear wax over all, both from American Paint Company, great products.
On to the small bookshelves. This old piece was obviously hand built, which makes it a bit more special to me. Although it has great lines it was in need of some sprucing up.
I started by adding a small architectural piece to the top then trimmed the front with a beaded molding. I made this by sandwiching a string of Christmas garland beads between two small square dowels. It gives the same look of the beaded wood molding but cost a lot less.
Then to finish it off I painted it grey and, for a pop of color, added burnt orange to the inside.