Dull Furniture Finish Restored Plus A Bit Of Paint
Restoring the dull furniture finish on this table was super easy and I’m sharing all the details. No secrets here. This project includes the best of both worlds, at least in my opinion. Yep, I added a bit of paint, couldn’t resist.
The wood and the carved details on the table are so pretty I sure couldn’t paint over all of it. Thank goodness the base of the table was in good condition.
But the top wasn’t so it got paint. I tried to pick a paint color that would compliment the wood and I think I succeeded.
Today is furniture fixer upper day and wait until you see what my friends have to share. Uh-La-La. The links are at the bottom of the post.
The table came from my favorite junk shop and cost $45. I did a little research on the table but was unable to tell if this is an Eastlake design table, or Victorian, or American Eastlake. Well, I really don’t know enough to even throw those terms out there. Anyone?
See what I mean about the table top. Not good.
Lovely details on the base of the table. It was sure a beauty at one time. Wish I knew the age.
I grabbed a can of Howard’s Restor-A-Finish from the shelf and went to work on the base. Forgot to mention I cleaned it first with Simple Green. The tint was Walnut and it darkened the wood a bit more than the original finish.
I used a stencil brush to get the Restore-A- Finish into the carved details. It worked so well I went over the entire base with the stencil brush hoping to get the stuff in all the nooks and crannies.
For the top I picked out a sample jar of Black Dog Salvage Paint in Patinio Greenio. I plan to keep the table and everyone knows green is one of my favorite colors.
One coat of paint then I applied Caromal Colours Toner to antique or age the finish. You just wipe the toner on…..
…..then wipe it off until you get the look you want. The toner can be almost completely wiped off with a damp rag. I use a dry rag if I want the paint to have a heavily aged or dark look to it.
Once the toner was dry I sanded the paint lightly and applied Howard’s wax in Golden Oak to add a soft patina. Distressing the paint, aging it with toner , then finishing with dark wax adds character to the paint and makes it “fit” the antique table.
Can you believe how well the base of the table turned out?? One product and a little elbow grease took care of that dull furniture finish.
I love the oak wood and all the carved details. Did you notice I painted the basket with the Patinio Greenio? I just wanted to write the paint name again. Not as much fun as saying it.
So what do you think? Am I in trouble for painting the top? Leave me a note then visit my fellow furniture fixer uppers for more furniture inspiration.
Dull Furniture Finish Restored
Just click the pink text links below the “before makeover” photo collage.
Have a great weekend!
Favorite DIY Tools and Paints:
Beyond Paint for Furniture
Ryobi Drill (cordless)
Mouse Sander (cordless)
FrogTape Painters Tape
Rustoleum Heirloom White Spray Paint
Rustoleum Metallic Copper Spray Paint
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com