This was a bonus Craigslist purchase. I went to buy the rolling cart (see the modern bar cart post) and the seller offered this beauty to me…
Okay, okay…it was a bit of a mess, the veneer on the top of the french accent table was peeling off and there were a few defects but the table was still gorgeous so I was happy to load it up in my SUV.
With a little bit of elbow grease and paint, I created this:
Luckily this table didn’t have paint or varnish that I had to strip off but there were several steps in getting it to look like this so here we go…
The first step was peeling off the veneer. This involved a regular paint scraper and a lot of muscle. The picture above shows when I started peeling off the veneer. Once the veneer was off, I had to fill in some spots with wood filler. I quickly realized sanding the table top manually might be more than I bargained for, so I decided to invest in a sander. Off to Lowe’s I went.
And am I glad I did that! The sander is easy to use, it only has one setting and it was so much better than using my weak arm.
Because the legs are ornate, I had to sand them by hand but I wasn’t looking for perfection so it wasn’t too difficult.
I used an angled sanding block. These are easy to find at any hardware store…
It’s easier to use than a flat sheet of sandpaper. And the beveled edge helps get into the grooves of furniture.
I applied a thin coat of primer using a foam brush.
I know chalk paint and milk paint are trendy these days (and I’ll be featuring some pieces with chalk paint in the future) but I had a quart of Martha Stewart “Sunken Pool” (aka turquoise) latex paint that I wanted to use. My motivating factors: I thought the color would be perfect, I actually had a full quart of it and I was optimistic that I could get an aged look with this paint.
I don’t always use foam brushes but I didn’t want brush strokes and I wanted to apply thin coats. The next step was applying two thin coats of the “sunken pool” latex paint, still allowing the white of the primer to peek through.
HOW TO GET AN AGED LOOK WITH LATEX PAINT:
Sanding and more sanding! Just enough for the wood tones to come through. I thought I would do this by hand so I could have some control of where I “aged” the table but I actually used my new sander. I used 220 grit (fine grit) sandpaper and it seemed to work well and the sanding lessened the sheen of the latex paint. I sanded after the coat of primer and in between each coat of latex paint, particularly focusing on the edges.
I’m very happy with the final result. This is a great accent table with a ton of character!
French Accent Table $115
Happy Salvaging! -Kathy
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