Vintage drop leaf table TLC
Last summer we purchased an abandoned storage unit. When someone who is renting a storage unit stops paying and abandons the unit, the storage unit facility auctions them off to recoup costs, and clear out the unit so it can be rented out again to someone who will pay the rental fees. I’ve been having fun with several of the treasures we found inside our unit. Like my side tables, and the dresser I turned into a media console for our TV. This vintage drop leaf Duncan Phyfe style table was also in the unit. It’s waited patiently for nearly a year for me to figure out just what I wanted to do with it. It was in rough shape. You can see the many scratches, dings, dents and bruises. A real Duncan Phyfe drop leaf table is made in a very similar style as this, but they were usually made out of mahogany and are older than this piece is. As far as I can tell by the symbols stamped on the bottom of this one it is a recreation that was made sometime in the 50s by a furniture company that no longer exists. I wanted to fix it up just right.
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Originally I wanted to refinish the entire table with a nice sand down and new stain. But it turns out it was in a little rougher condition than I thought at first and the quality was just not fantastic. After much deliberation I decided some of the table would get painted, and some would receive a gel staining. Gel stain covers just about anything and is a lot more forgiving on a rough surface than traditional stain. I also decided to refinish this table in a style that’s not something I had ever considered before. Pushing myself out of those comfort zones to try new things has proved beneficial in the past and it’s good to try new things sometimes! I get stuck in my ways too often.
The first step was to see how well the old finish could be removed. Sadly, the table top is covered in an awful orange maple veneer. Wood veneer can still be stained, so I wanted to see if I could sand it down enough that it would take a new stain evenly. It was just too damaged. With a little filler, a gel stain would still work nicely. You can gel stain over just about anything!
Once I had sanded and repaired the top of the table the best I could, It was time to flip it over onto it’s backside and take care of the legs and underside of the table first. I decided to paint the legs this with this beautiful color of Chalky Finish called “Vintage.” I think the name is very appropriate! What could be more perfect than “Vintage” paint for a Vintage drop leaf table? It’s a lovely light blue grey color and it looks amazing with the dark gel stain I had in mind.
It took two coats of the soft Vintage color to cover up the old orange finish on the table.
I took the brass feet off of the table while I had it on it’s back and spray painted them with an oil rubbed bronze spray paint. Now they don’t look so old and grimy!
A coat of Soft Touch varnish over the legs and underside of the table and I could set it upright again and refinish the top. I used a Java colored gel stain to cover all of the flaws on the top of the table. The deep dark stain looks almost black in some lights and amazing in contrast to the light grey blue legs.
This table has a unique character to it. I thought it needed a unique finish to compliment it. I went outside of my comfort zone and tried something I’ve never done before. Honestly, the table looked great painted and stained and if I were keeping in line with how I normally do things I would have stopped there. It was simple, clean, fresh… But it felt like it needed more. So I decided to add a stencil. It felt like this cute little vintage drop leaf table needed some French Country charm. While it doesn’t fit my personal style, I think it turned out great.
The beautiful “French Bakery” stencil that DecoArt sent was really great! But the table still needed something more.
I have seen lots of pieces finished with “Grain sack stripes” lately. Again, not my style at all, but it felt like it would be a good fit for this cute little table. So I reached even further into the no comfort zone and taped some lines running the length of the table. I taped out the bigger center line first, and then when that was dry I came back and taped out two smaller lines.
I love the beautiful blue legs, especially with the newly repainted feet! That “Vintage” color is just beautiful.
I was surprised to find in the end that I love this little vintage drop leaf table a lot more than I thought I would! My only regret is waiting so long to finish this project.
It’s nice to venture outside of your comfort zone sometimes!