Over a year ago I bought this little number off of Kijiji. When I received it, the top had more damage to the veneer than I anticipated, and I knew it was going to take a big effort to update, so it sat… For over a year, until the right person just happened to notice it in this photo I posted on my Instagram.
Here it is before I got to work, it really became a catch all in my garage… so neglected 😦
I have never stripped veneer off of furniture before, but I knew it could be a challenge. So I got out some high grit stand paper and a flat knife and began peeling. I peeled with the knife what I could and oh how satisfying it was to peel off a big chunk of veneer, but there were moments where I fully had to sand down the veneer – two and a half later I had finished just the middle section! 😳
I missed taking pictures of this process, as I was fully focused on the grunt work. But once I had it smooth and sanded, i moved onto sanding those legs.
I needed a break from the top, so after sanding down and prepping the legs I used my favourite gold spray paint and lightly added layers of gold, letting fully dry before each coat. Once the spray paint had fully dried, i measured and taped off where I wanted the legs to be dipped to and began painting the rest of the base. I primed each step with Zinssers stain blocker. When you’re tackling really old furniture it’s almost a guarentee that it will bleed, especially if veneer is involved and your bright white colour (or whatever colour you’re using) will dry to have a gross yellow look to it – and no matter how many coats of paint, it wont go away. So you’ll save paint, time and your sanity if you just use a primer/stain blocker from the get go! The veneer was in really good condition on the actual drop leafs and since I was painting the whole thing I ended up leaving that veneer and just sanded it down. Although I was using chalk paint, sometimes it’s still necessary to sand furniture. I much prefer to sand down old surfaces to get the years of grease, and grime off rather than scrubbing it down! During this process there were a couple edges that I had to fill with wood filler and smooth out, but that’s a much easier process than stripping the veneer!
Here’s a quick shot of the table flipped and the coats of the stain blocker and fat paint. Being a drop leaf, I had to make sure the underneath looked just as pretty as the top! I did end up lightly painting the hinges too, but just lightly so that they wouldn’t lock up.
Once I flipped her back over, i finished the table tops using a couple coats of stain blocker and a couple coats of Warm White Fat Paint. I do use a synthetic bristle brush when using chalk paint – as a roller soaks up and wastes so much. So I do end up with some brush strokes. My secret to smoothing down brush strokes is using a slightly damp sanding sponge between coats. Make sure your paint is fully dry before doing so, and lightly sand over your surface wiping as you go. It creates such a nice buttery finish. I used multiple coats of General Finishes Flat Top Coat on the entire piece. It goes on so nicely and provides such a great top coat. It’s my favourite!
I had the table finished for a couple days and it was just hanging out in my garage before i could deliver it and I thought it needed a special touch. So I used my Silhouette Cameo to add a special little pop inside the drawer.
Please ignore my terrible garage shoes – i’ve stolen them from my hubby – and they’re awesome and terrible lol.
Now this wonderful piece is in it’s new home over at Greater Goods and it’s so perfect in this space. It was such a pleasure to make something for them to display so many local pretties on! This labor of love was 100% worth the work!!