Sweet Antique Side Table Makeover

With simple curves, gorgeous cabriole legs, beauty and design, functionality and an antique provenance (had to get a little French in there :), this lovely old three drawer chest was so worthy of a makeover.  It is a nice heavy piece, walnut, and possesses hand made features.  But, and this was a big But, she had not survived the years gracefully.  There were gouges in her beautiful wood and badly worn and warped veneer.  Normally, I would not paint a piece like this, but having to make repairs and take off the veneer, I decided that it was okay this time.

 I bought this grand lady at a farm auction, and anxious to start her makeover before the chill of winter set in, I forgot to get a before shot until I had started painting the front.  So, I snapped a photo of the back, in all it's glory.

After a thorough cleaning, because little bits of evidence made me think she had been stored in a barn somewhere for years, I filled in the gouges with wood filler and sanded, sanded, and sanded some more.  I am a glutton for punishment and prefer to do all my painting by hand.  I like to see the brush strokes and evidence of hand work.  It was given three coats of white paint after the primer.  This wonderful old piece had gorgeous surface mount brass key surrounds which meant I could not remove them for painting so I had to use a tiny brush for painting around them......not fun!  

If possible, I turn my pieces upside down. A compromising position :) but  that way I can see any drips or spatters I may have missed.  See the beautiful dovetail joinery?  You can tell it's made by hand because of the uneven cuts.  Fabulous!  And love that curvy front apron. 

Wanting to give it just a little bit more pizzazz and interest, I painted just a light French blue wash on the drawer fronts only.   On each side, using Pratt and Lambert paint pot samples of a very light pink, green and blue, I painted double oval encased simple pink rosebud stems.   Wishing for just a light antiquing effect, I went over the entire piece with a maple glaze.  A little sanding on the drawer edges and feet for wear and a coat of beeswax finished it off.    

When removing the drawer pulls, I was delighted to find them stamped and dated on the reverse side.  With one missing, I filled in with a glass ribbed crystal pull, loving the effect and whimsy of two totally different textures.  

And with that, 2012 projects have begun. I think she is perfect for the farm house decor, the romantic shabby decor, the cottage look, or the French chic happening. N'est-ce pas? It's heading to my booth at Midlothian Antiques Mall asap.  I will be going out later this week to look at new sofas, rugs, and other fun stuff.  I am thinking of buying a shag rug!  Can you believe that? Thirty five years ago I threw out our red shag rug that you had to rake.  :)  Have a wonderful week and talk soon. xoxo

P.S.  I forgot to show you what I found in a drawer of this piece.  Is this not the cutest, so charming and loaded with glorious worn patina?  This old chalk ware Scottie dog is from the 1930's. Poor baby....his black paint is wearing off, revealing the warm creamy chalk and somewhere on his adventures, he lost his tail.  But never mind, he still wags his whole backside.  Just listed in the online shop for your collection.
Joining these blogs and their fabulous parties this week.  Go take a peek at all the inspiration and fun. 
White Wednesday at Faded Charm, Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style,  
LaurieAnna's Farmhouse Friday, Potpourri Friday at  2805, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Vintage Inspiration Wednesday at A Very Merry Vintage Style, Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound,  
and a new party has joined the blogging world,  Joy of Savvy City Farmer is hosting Thriftn' on a Thursday

~ Add Something Special To Your Home ~
your place for affordable vintage flair


Richard Cottrell said...

looks like a job well done. hope it sells fast,Richard from My Old Historic House.

Maureen Wyatt said...

Nice job! That one won't stay on the floor long. ~ Maureen

Unknown said...

WOW, you did a fabulous job..I know I would have made a mess doing a job like this..so many of you have such talent...I love how you mixed the knobs...what a great idea...I'm sure the perect person is just waiting to find this...
Very nice...

lynn said...

such a sweet little table, lynn! and the scottie is just darling!--tfs:)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

It's lovely! I am sure it will sell quickly. Happy New Year!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

That's a great looking piece, and what a nice treasure to find.

Gabriela Delworth said...

Happy New Year!

Love it! You are the best at this!
Did I read..."chill of the Winter"...well, well, well...we had -27 here in T.O. today...
And you were saying? LOL!


Blondie's Journal said...

It's beautiful, Lynn! How can you part with it?? Lovely job!


Blessed Serendipity said...

Oooh La La Gorgeous!


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Lynn, I love this piece and wish I had somewhere to put it in our house. I know it will sell quickly.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

You are a glutton for punishment, so much work, but gorgeous!! Love that it has dovetail drawers, and the original pulls!


Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Lynn, It turned out beautiful! Love the mismatched knobs. So glad that all you found was a cute scotty dog. I have a green table in my family room that I bought at T.J. Maxx. When I got home I opened the drawers and found underwear. Seriously, that would be drawers in the drawers. They were not a pretty sight. I love the taable, but every now and then I look at it and think, 'underwear'.

LizlovesVintage said...

It looks like a new piece. You did a fine job! I always love painted white furniture added to the mix. It works well with those antique pieces.
Have a great week :)
xxx Liz

trash talk said...

You know I can always tell how much a person loves what they do by how much time and effort they put in it. You girl have a passion...and it shows. Beautiful job.
P.S. I have a set of twins that matches your scottie. I use them for bookends.

Cottage and Broome said...

Love how the side table came out, I like the different knobs you used. Thanks for sharing, Laura

Anonymous said...

The cabinet turned out beautifully! I prefer to paint by hand too. That Scottie dog is the cutest!! Unbelievable that he was just sitting in a drawer.


Belle Inspiration Magazine said...

Looks marvelous Lynn. Love the little rosebuds you painted on the side!
Will share on FB.
Happy New Year!

Christie Hines said...

You did such a beautiful job on this old piece Lynn! I know it will sell fast...that little scottie dog is so cute...and what a nice surprise to find it inside the drawers...I love it when stuff like that happens :)
Have a great week...
Big hugs,

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

What a Cinderella moment for this piece...she looks beautiful!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

enjoyed your post and the details you highlighted.

Sabrina said...

You did a beautiful job! And what a fun find... I love scottie dogs!

I am your newest follower. I would love it if you popped by my blog for a visit. :)

savvycityfarmer said...

I guess you were serious about the back yard!!!

paint dries quickly, eh!

thanks for linking

Reba and Eldarose, sisters, friends and co-bloggers said...

I came by bc you left a very nice comment on our blog and I am SO glad I did. I am in the market for new side tables and I saw some on Craigslist and I was wondering if I could refinish them to make them work. Your post was so on target for what I was thinking of doing. Thanks for sharing.

Btw, we are your newest followers.

Eldarose from http://re-inventedstyle.blogspot.com

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Cute chest. Love the added detail on the sides.

Fishtail Cottage said...

Wow - love the transformation! the knobs are super cute! xoox, tracie

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Love it when you can find a really solid piece... and you always make them beautiful !

The French Hutch said...

Lovely piece, you did a great job too. I love the color and the sweet hand painted design on the side.
Love your header……..Happy Pink Saturday.

The French Hutch

dana said...

I love how that piece turned out, Lynn, and thoroughly enjoyed your description of the process. You are gettin' danged good tossin' those Frenchy words around like you do! :)

What a bonus when you found that awesome chalk ware piece!

Happy Pink Saturday to YOU! L, dana

Anonymous said...

beautiful job! I just found your blog today , the name caught my eye because I refer to your home as the nest all the time, I'm your newest follower

J.Rylie.C said...

So pretty!

My Pink. Please join my Color Connection meme too if you have time. Thanks!

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Happy PS
Such a beautiful job.
I would happily have this in my home.

Anonymous said...

Hello! Happy Pink Saturday & Happy New Year! Midlothian - I'm trying to remember where that is! What a nice piece of furniture with a wonderful illustration by you. I enjoyed your tale of fixin' up and findin' treasures to boot! Great photos and read! Do you ever think of printing your post to go with the furniture? Like a little card or tag? What buyer might want both the story and the chest. Some might not, but you know what I mean? Jenn

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

What a beauty she is, Lynn! I really love the little dog that was in the drawer. You did a great job, and I really love the glass knob on the drawer.

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Thank you thank you for your support! This is so exciting! Lovin' this- and that hardware! I am a sucker for hardware!
I will be in touch! It's been an insane last couple days!
Merci Encore,
the Parisienne Farmgirl’s Giveaway Fantastique

Parisienne Farmgirl Magazine

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Lynn. I hope better late than never counts.

I love the new look for the chest. And, I am certain someone is going to love having it in their home very soon.

very merry vintage style said...

Great piece--love those curvy little legs! Thanks for sharing at Share the Love Wednesday. Hope you'll be back this week!

Diane said...

Hi, I liked your blog and I personally invite you to join htttp://www.coollectors.com - The World's Free Collectors Zone.
We will also be happy to cooperate with your blog such as adding its link to our site.
All the best,

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...