Want to see my favorite aqua blue table makeover? Recently, a client of mine asked for a pair of nightstands to go with a dresser she had purchased from me, and so began the hunt. I love this part. I mean, what could be better than shopping for furniture? A new little flea market had opened downtown a few weeks ago and I wanted to stop in and see if they had anything suitable. They ended up being closed, but when I drove a couple stores down I noticed another place that I had seen before, but never stopped in.
WHOA…when I walked in the door I turned and said to my kids with excitement in my voice, “I really shouldn’t have found this place.” Furniture everywhere, and not your department store stuff. This is old, vintage, and absolutely lovely gems.
The guy had priced things accurately for their worth and no nightstands for my client, but that’s when I saw this beauty.
Little lacking in the love department with it’s damaged veneer surface, but oooh the lines and legs of this piece!
Can you see the intricate geometric style inlaid pattern?
If you follow me on social media, I shared this picture with hesitation because I wasn’t sure if I would stick to my intentions of painting. Most of the time no one wants a stained piece – painted wins out every time.
There’s no way I could paint that gorgeous top, so I sanded it down and refreshed that old stain with a new coating, then finished with several coats of poly.
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Now for the base. It took me a day to decide if I should paint. I really love wood, but those hand carved details were just begging to be drawn out. After much fretting, I dove in with my eyes closed and cringing. Seriously.
Can I just say that I LOVE how it turned out!
I’ve already had people asking me about the color I used and the ironic part of this story is, I don’t know. This paint was one of my first scores from Home Depot’s “seconds” stash and I nearly fainted when I saw it. I have added it to the collection I’m creating for one day owning my own line of paint – we’ll see.
I ration this color out for special projects like my Art Deco waterfall dressing table…
This little table fit the bill, didn’t it?
So, what do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts….would you have painted or kept it wood? No regrets here, but curious if you would have done the same.
There’s just something about how the paint draws out that woodwork, that wasn’t being showcased with stain.
While this aqua blue table has already sold from my shop
, you can peruse other furniture or request a custom piece done just for you. Now back to the nightstand search.
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