Monday, 1 December 2014

Before And After: Antique Dentist Table

Well silly season has definitely kicked off here! It's crazy busy in pretty much every area of my life at the moment, hence I've missed another week of posting on here and I'm sorry about that!
But I'm back this week with a cute side table to show you that I recently finished :-)

I've called it a dentist table because it once belonged to a dentist (my client's Grandfather) who used it in his waiting room.

It's the perfect size to hold some magazines, lamp, plant etc. 

When I got it, it looked like this...

and underneath (where it hadn't been painted) was quite dark. I had no idea what type of timber it was made from - still don't ;-) - and we were hoping it was lighter timber underneath all the paint. It wasn't looking promising, what with it being so dark underneath. I figured it was a naturally dark timber. It couldn't be stain! I mean, who stains the underneath side of furniture??

Well apparently back in the day, they did!

As you can see it's now a gorgeous, light natural timber!
Well, except for the parts I've painted of course ;-)

I'm guessing this is some kind of hardwood, but I'm really not sure. It's come up beautifully anyway! 
Once I finished sanding, I waxed with Miss Mustard Seed's wax and it brought it up so smooth and glossy. Did you notice the reflections on the table top? It's that kind of finish that you just can't stop touching!!
Well if you're a furniture freak like me, you can't stop! And just FYI, a furniture freak is a good's one of those clubs that all the cool kids belong to ;-)
Maybe I'll call it 'Furniture Lovers Anonymous' instead? Furniture Freak might be a little negative.

If you are wondering how I did the scallop look...well if you're from the Northern Hemisphere you'd possibly assume I used a scallop tape like frog tape or something? 
Well unfortunately where I live I can't get such a product, so I have to DIY - which I am ok with - and after a first attempt at cutting my own scallopy look out of painters tape (wasn't quite up to scratch), I just used what I had on hand...namely my gold circle decals that are stuck on the wall behind the table in the pic above!

I had enough that I could spare a few ;-)

Although now I've stuck a few back on the wall! I kinda like the half white/half gold look.

The gorgeous family who own the table are very happy with it's new look, even though it didn't come with the plant and gold uashmama! Their eldest child was excited about the table after seeing a pic I'd sent when I'd finished...although not quite as excited as she was about the plant/bag it came with ;-)
Haha, my client had to explain that it didn't come with the plant.
Cool Christmas present idea though!

And so onto the next project! Even though it's crazy at the moment, it's the funnest, best time of year and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Hope your silly season is full of fun and laughter :-)

See you next week!

Courts xx


Catherine said...

Love the table Courts, those legs are fantastic, and I love the design you added :)

Wendy W said...

This is gorgeous and a lot of work has gone into it. Just wondering how long it took to sand? I'm just dipping my toes into refurbishing and have a few things to work on. I'm wondering too about lead paint - I know that a lot of older pieces were painted in this. Have you come across lead paint much and how do you work with it? thanks, love all your pieces. cheers Wendy

Alison @ Rubylicious Bespoke said...

Well from one furniture freak to another, I don't mind the term! And you get the best projects, that is one seriously fab table. Great angles, great details and an amazing redesign. As always, love your work x

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