Back a month or so ago, I shared how I went to scope out some items being sold off by a young couple that recently bought a downtown vacant building. I came home with many treasures, like the antique Art Deco waterfall cedar chest I redid (see it here). While there, I also instantly fell in love with this antique lyre coffee table.
Do you blame me? It’s cute, so delicate, and still has some life left in it. I only paid a couple of bucks and there’s a reason why. If you look close, do you see what I see?
At some point, someone thought it would be good to update it with some faux wood contact paper. I wasn’t sure why they would do that, but I was gonna find out. haha.
I kept saying quietly, “You poor thing…” Here it is with paper removed and a whole lotta residue. blucky!
Removing that paper revealed the real problem See those breaks in the top? Clean through.
So, of course I had to remove that center panel and start fresh. It came out fairly easy and gave me a better idea of what I was up against and how I was going to proceed.
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You might call me crazy, but I LOVE doing this. I love seeing how things are put together and how craftsman of days gone by created such beauty. I was a bit puzzled how I was going to get that frame apart so I could insert a new top without busting it up. However, a gentle hand led me to be able to remove the pins holding the corners and get one short side off creating a slot for my new hardwood ply.
JC cut a new top insert for me with our table saw while I took care of the other damage that needed tending. What a sweetie to help, right? The feet were missing their brass claw foot toe caps, so I jumped online and found some replacements. I bought a set of authentic ones from an Etsy shop, but the dude was so rude and he cancelled my order without notice. His loss – tsk. They cost WAY more than this antique lyre coffee table was going to be worth, so I decided to go with replicas. They are too shiny new for me, so I will be aging them in a bit.
Before I could replace them though, I had my work cut out for me repairing the feet. The damaged was primarily on one end of the table. There were major pieces missing that I first attempted to repair with wood filler, but I was skeptical.
After I sanded them down with my oribital sander, I just wasn’t satisfied with the outcome, so I removed the filler and went to my trusty Bondo. It is an automotive filler that works like a charm. You can see how I’ve restored other pieces with it in these posts.
Once I made other repairs, I was finally ready to add the middle panel. It slid down into one end and then I replaced the side I removed back to it’s original state. I decided to stain it with Early American so that I could have the entire table in a similar color state.
I wasn’t going for color match because I knew the replaced plywood wouldn’t look as good as the original. Plus with the other repairs, I planned to paint to make it all cohesive. My first choice was my favorite Drop Cloth by Dixie Belle. Using my 2″ Angled Paint Brush made it a breeze to complete.
After two coats of Drop Cloth and letting cure in between, I decided to add some dynamics to this antique lyre coffee table with a soft color contrast using Dried Sage. A super soft green that makes me smile.
My Square Brush makes getting straight edges with no brush strokes a breeze. I just love that little brush! You can see all 8 styles of brushes I have in my arsenal and offer up for sale in my shop HERE.
So the table is painted and has cured, but I still want to create more drama using a dark Brown Wax. I use another Square Brush dedicated to wax after it’s retired from painting.
The replaced center panel got a couple of coats of Gator Hide for a long-lasting, durable finish.
Here’s this lovely little lady repaired, refreshed, and ready to go.
I’m delighted with the outcome of this sweet table. It is restored and ready for a much longer life than it would have had otherwise.
The replaced top is now ready to go and the little feet add just the right finishing touch, don’t you think?
My hope is that not only you enjoyed this restoration, but are inspired to give DIY a try too. If you would like to own this table, you can find it available in my shop along with many other delights for your home.
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Up next…do you know what these are? I scored both of them in the same curbside shopping run during city cleanup. They became something new! SEE HERE.