This table has passed through at least three generations of my family. As a child in Rochester, New York, I watched my Grandmother display her Christmas poinsettias, Easter lilies and Springtime lilacs on this and similar tables in her front room’s windows. When we moved to Florida, my mother put it next to her bedroom chair. Each night, she’d close a well-worn book of prayers and inspiration and place it on this table alongside her rosary. My mother died in August, at the age of 93. As a result I inherited this table and a few other pieces of furniture.
I am in the business of transforming outdated furniture and accessories into contemporary, new delights but this little lady presented a challenge. I had to make her fun — like she belongs in the 21st century — while respecting her heritage.
David hauled her outside for a Before photo and I have no idea why he felt compelled to shove that unsightly rung under her.
My sole bit of restoration consisted of smoothing wood filler over the big, unsightly screw in the center of the table top. Any other dings were left out of respect. This girl has lived a long life and deserves to show it.
Since Jacksonville sits on the Atlantic Ocean, Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Chalk Paint seemed a solid choice. For whatever reason folks here seem to prefer Louis Blue, Duck Egg, and Paris Grey. While the Duck Egg gave her an interesting base color, the silver foil from Artisan Enhancements set off the fireworks. I love the ease of applying the foil. You just brush the Size on, working one section at a time. Once the Size becomes tacky, lay the foil over it (shiny side up) and rub, usually with my fingers or hand. I wanted the Duck Egg to show through and it did, but the silver added shimmer power.
I let her sit for about 24 hours before brushing on a thin coat of the Clear Finish. Another coat went on a couple of hours later and, voilà, perfection. She looks stylish, contemporary and functional.
I’ve purchased more foil, in silver, gold and copper, because I have plans to revitalize a few more pieces. If you haven’t tried Artisan Enhancements’ leaf and foil products, get some as soon as you can. I think you’ll be thrilled with the results.
Ann Marie and David