Settee and Side Table

Jan 24, 2018 | Tough Coat, Upholstery | 0 comments

Yesterday, my Mom and I knocked out a crazy amount of projects.  We are plowing our way through a stack of small pieces that we picked up on a furniture run a few days back.  One of the items I picked up was this crazy beautiful side table.

When I got my hands on it, the finish was worn, but it was sturdy, passed my wobble test and had a fantastic price.  I loved its slender shape and the carved details sent me over the top. 

Speaking of the top, I refinished it using my go-to trio of products (CitriStripJava Gel, and High Performance Topcoat).  There was gorgeous wood peeking through the worn finish, and I knew I could get it back to its former glory.  On my Facebook live video I shared on my last blog post, someone inquired as to whether you would still see the wood grain through such a dark stain like Java Gel.  I think this photo speaks for itself!

The answer is yes, you can!

The sides stained up a bit darker than the top, which is typical.  The top is a veneer and the sides are made from a different type of wood.  I think they look like a bar of chocolate waiting to be nibbled on!  Get a look at those carvings around the apron, would you?

Aren’t they simply stunning?

For the paint color, I mixed equal parts Miss Mustard Seed’s Schloss and Marzipan. 

The result is a lovely putty color that is a divine neutral to use on just about anything.  I used it on an oak table that is currently for sale at Painted Table Designs:

Let’s get back to my side table though.  Milk Paint did its lovely chippy thing, and I couldn’t be happier with the finished look.

I used Tough Coat to seal in the chipping paint on the body of the table, and it worked like a charm!

I paired the side table with my first fully upholstered piece of furniture – my antique “settee”.

I use the term “settee” loosely because this piece is more of an oversized chair than a settee.  You definitely can’t fit more than one person on it, but it has lots of wiggle room for one!  I used a nubby linen fabric and paired it with an off-white/cream French scroll gimp trim.

The body was painted in Mora, which is a pale blue/green.

It crackled all on its own, and I didn’t have to do a thing!  The top has the most lovely sweeping carved details as well, which I highlighted by distressing.

Now I will warn you, if you sit in this chair, you will sink down a bit more than usual.  It’s still sturdy and you won’t fall through – I promise!  The springs were placed in an odd arrangement, and the result is a seat that dips a bit more than you’re expecting.  But I have them tied tight and there’s lots of cotton padding and dacron to cushion your bum.  Just be a bit gentle when you sit down.

This sweet duo will be coming with me to the Food for Families Fundraiser on 2/2 and 2/3.  In case you missed the details, here’s the info.  I’d love to see you there!


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