I love a good round table, especially one with fancy legs and beautiful details that have been forgotten by time and wear. They are just begging to be made new.
This was the story of the table my cleaning man has been saving for me in his house for almost a year. After I did my little side table in Flow Blue, I thought this table would look great in a blue as well. A much deeper blue because she was so sad at her state.
Well here she is now….Very Blue but not depressed!
(Do not check your monitor….this table does look lopsided but that is because my floor is lopsided (100 year old house and all) and it is the only place in my house with good light)
I wanted to try Artissimo by MMS Milkpaint as soon as it came out. It is such a lively rich navy blue. The thing that I like about Milk paint is that it looks different on each piece that your paint it on. Now for people that like predictability, this is not the paint for you. But if you like a little madness, then go for it. I knew this was the perfect color for this round table. These round tables lend themselves to rich paint colors because I think they look a little regal. This one had a bit of tarnish on its tiara.
Let's take a look at some close-ups of the poor wreck:
missing brass feet covers
missing trim and veneer issues
I was really fretting about how to fix this and then I remembered my missing moulding frame fix.
I am not going to go into the whole tutorial again here. You can click on over and see for yourself this amazing stuff and a full tutorial on how to use it.
What I did do is make a mold of the existing trim and then make a new piece using Sculpey clay.
You can sand it and cut it to fit your piece. If you notice in the close-up of the missing trim, the existing piece had a raggedy edge. I used a hack saw to cut a fresh, slightly angled edge to butt the clay piece up against. Why angled? Because it allows you to blend the two pieces together much better than if both ends were at a 90 degree. You need to make your clay piece angled as well, but in the opposite direction. See the above photo if this doesn't make any sense.
You can sand once it is secured in place. I did this a little in the grooves to make them deeper. This isn't a perfect match but once it is painted it will be hard to tell.
This is how I clamped it to the drawer while it dried from the glue. I folded a piece of fabric over a few times and then added the clamps because I wasn't sure if the clamps would leave a mark in the clay. Better safe then sorry!
The leather top was completely intact so I tried some Leather Restorer for shoes on it! The leather just soaked hit in and looks great. See here how I have used other shoe products for antiquing!
Now that you know the tarnished story of this lady..let's see her coronation!
I wanted to give you a close up of the drawers so you could see the fix full on. I can tell obviously but what do you think?
Love this top.
If you do have a leather inset that can't be saved, check out this little black side table for some ideas on restoration.
I know you can purchase those little brass foot covers online but I was worried they wouldn't fit exactly so I filled in the dings with wood filler and sanded them smooth. Then they got three coats of gold paint like the rest of the accents on the table.
I did seal this with Hemp oil first, wiped off the excess and then added a coat of Fiddes wax. This is my favorite wax because it is like butta, goes on easily and is buffed easily.
after I sent the after pics to my cleaning man, he called me to tell me he had that broken piece of trim……