Ever find yourself saying, “That’s just too good to pass up”? More often than most, I find that’s my mantra. Though my idea of what’s good vastly contrasts that of what others believe is good. Take, for instance, this vintage French provincial side table. It’s made by the Mersman furniture company and built to last.
However, it’s fallen into a bit of disrepair and needs some lovin’ attention. As you know, that’s my kinda good because potential is obvious and my DIY spirit calls me to take this stray in. It’s missing some hardware, has some damage to attend to, but all-in-all it’s solid and certainly offers oodles of storage space.
First, I assume you can see how I’m smitten with the style with the ornate details and the potential to be useful in many rooms of the home. Now, I just need to find out what I’m dealing with – particularly on the top with the gouge. That is when I break out my sand paper and see if I can salvage the top from the gouge.
Unfortunately, the gouge is into the next layer as well as a few other spots. So, that means I need to paint. Often times people run their mouth and say I “slap paint on anything”. Not at all. I do my best to salvaged what I can even hauling “junk” off of yard to rescue them. Ah well…some just don’t get it. However, I can use techniques that will give it a wood look like this buffet using a glazing technique or this antique wash stand.
First, I begin with a custom mix in a beige tone, applying two coats letting cure in between.
Next, once all my first coats are cured it’s time to do the next layers. I use a seconds color and a spray bottle of water to do this technique which is the same manner I use the frottage technique. I spray water lightly, then using a brush lightly filled with paint and wipe in one direction focusing heavier on the edges. Last, I use a metallic paint, Warm Silver, to highlight the accents I painted in the same color as the top as well as glaze the top.
Finally, to seal it all up I use a matte poly on the top, and a gray wax on the bottom.
Here’s this vintage French provincial side table ready for many more years in its gilded glory.
Thankfully, I was able to find knobs in my stash to replace the missing ones. In addition, I’m pleased with the outcome in general even with the top originally having damage.
It’s kinda hard to see the metallic glazing in this view, but maybe you can see it better in this look.
Oh, and don’t forget the spacious inside…perfect for tucking away throws, or maybe make it into a pet palace.
Finally, as with most all of my projects, this table is available in my online shop along with many other fun finds and creations.
Additionally, I’m always about inspiring you to get your hands dirty in some DIY fun making your own home story. Likewise, pin and share to inspire others too.
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