I found this tiered stand looking a bit forlorn at a thrift store. He had great lines, maybe something you would find in a Paris apartment with those narrow tapered legs, brass fittings, and marquetry finish.
I liked the bronzed pineapple finials, so I decided to tone down the brass fittings. They screwed off easily and I sprayed them with American Accents Classic Bronze. To get an aged look, I rubbed a tiny bit of ebony Rub ‘n Buff over them. It’s important not to cover the whole fitting with the ebony–just apply a few streaks sparingly. Using styrofoam and skewers made this process a cinch.
I also liked the marquetry pattern but the wood was not in good shape. I decided on a wash that would let the marquetry pattern show through. I started by removing the finish with Citristrip Stripping Gel and a putty knife. Then I gave the wood a grey wash using Annie Sloan paint in french linen and water. I let it sit for a few minutes and then wiped it off–four times–to achieve the desired color.
And there you have it–my little Parisian corner in the suburbs.
Ricki Jill Treleaven said:
Very pretty. It does look like it belongs in a Parisian pied a terre!
Your post was great. I love the how to approach..am soo glad you took befores and afters!
Brenda Kula said:
I couldn’t find your email address. Just wanted you to know that you’ve been featured today, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, on my Welcome Wagon Friday post, where I introduce new bloggers to my readers. Welcome to our neighborhood!
I’m popping over from Brenda’s blog as she is featuring you today! What a pretty little table and I love what you’ve done with it. Now I’m off to scroll through your blog!
Be a sweeete,
I just popped over from Cozy Little House and must say your blog is wonderful. I love your little table and the secretary’s are fabulous. Welcome ~ I am your newest follower 😉
Charlotte MacDiarmid said:
I’m visiting via The Cozy Little House today.. You have a lot of talent when it comes to refinishing furniture.. I used to do that in years past and found it to be a very satifying endeavor..
I see that you’ve mentioned Cayauga Lake.. My Dad was born in Horseheads, NY and I often heard him mention the lake.. He’s buried in Cuba, NY now.. That is beautiful country .
I love the fact that you moved your dining room into your library.. I imagine having meals in there is very enjoyable and cozy..
I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and will visit again.
Judy Clark said:
I’m coming over from Brenda’s Cozy Little House. Welcome to the blogging world!! I am really new and am so enjoying all of this.