My dear friend and co-redecorator/enabler, Dana, recommended this site to get information about finding auctions in my area.
Low and behold, I discovered that in a few days this beauty was going to be auctioned off at a nearby auction house.
I loved the lines and the size, knowing it would be perfect in my very empty dinning room.
It was just a little shabby, but I later found once I got it home, that it is a Thomasville piece from the 70's. Needless to say it is extremely heavy and very solid. Definitely worth the effort of making it beautiful again.
I decided try my hand at stripping the top. I figured if it didn't work out I could always paint it. It took lots and lots of patience, especially in the details under the top but I got it stripped. (I ended up using steel wool to get in the edges.)
I don't know what kind of wood it was, but even after 3 coats of dark walnut stain, the top still wasn't as dark as I would have liked. I ended up putting 2 coats or Annie Sloan dark wax to give it the rich color I was after.
The body was painted Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Duck Egg Blue. I did just one coat and followed with the Clear Wax.
Given the size and placement in the room it's awfully hard to get a good photograph.
I have big plans for the rest of the room and reveal that once I get the table painted and curtains made. :)
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