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SkyyAngel
« on: December 13, 2009 09:01:15 PM »

So, a couple of years ago my husband and I snagged this dining room table for free. I liked the simplistic lines of it and from the minute we got it home, I knew I would sand it down to restain it. The previous owners had done lord only knows what with it and there was some rather gross black stains. I bleached the hell out of it so the thing was clean to eat off of, just gross looking. It was mostly just counter space in our small kitchen in Italy and when used as a dining table, covered in a tablecloth.

We finally made it back to the States and I just knew it needed to be "fixed". I finished this project back in August but didn't post because I wanted to assemble the damn thing (legs are still not attached) before posting. Well, that's still not done (our dining room is currently housing an Italian couch and a dresser that we're trying to get rid of), so I figure I will post it anyways.

Here's a teaser photo before I get into the nitty gritty:



Here's the nasty looking (and boring ho hum) before shots:







Kinda looks like every other dining room table in the world right? Well, I knew it could be fabulous.

Here it is after we sanded it down.



You can still see the stains but after I stain it, you can only see them if you REALLLLLLY look for them. So much better!!



In a happy mistake, we didn't get all of the glossy finish off so the stain was resisted in spots. I love it, it looks even more antique-y and used. I also beat it to death with all sorts of things (hammer, wrench, even poked nail holes in) to make it even more "used".





And then... the piece de resistance!! My 3 day gold-leafing project. I was loosely inspired by the cross-stitch piece at Dracolair Creations: http://www.dracolair.com/compassrose.html I've always wanted a compass rose SOMETHING in my house and eventually have grandiose plans of putting an inlay into a wooden floor at the entryway of whichever house we end up owning, but for now, my table will do.











C & C always welcome and appreciated!  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2009 09:21:13 PM »

This is amazing! You should be very proud of yourself.
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mwyn
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2009 09:24:03 PM »

Absolutely Gorgeousssssss.  I've got an old table....hummmmmm. Grin
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grendelsmom
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2009 05:04:31 AM »

WOW!  This is gorgeous!  Did you use about 8 coats of urethane on top?  Did you make a stencil for the compass or freehand it?
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SkyyAngel
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2009 05:31:54 AM »

WOW!  This is gorgeous!  Did you use about 8 coats of urethane on top?  Did you make a stencil for the compass or freehand it?

I think there are only 6 coats of poly on it. I started with a spray that was horrid before I switched to the brush on kind. I freehanded the compass and lines although I did use a large ruler to help me out with the guidelines I drew in pencil beforehand. When I painted on the glue for the leafing that was freehand just following the guidelines... which is why they're so wobbly in places.
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pacman07
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2009 10:44:38 AM »

Amazing table i never see like that before, you did a great job. How many coats you paints in your table where did you get that design? Look like you are a professional painter the design of your table is totally unique design. 
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SkyyAngel
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2009 04:15:17 PM »

No paint was used. I did 2 coats of stain (Jacobean - a really dark brown) and the design is done in gold-leaf. Then I covered in about 6 coats of polyurethane.

Thanks for all the kind words. Smiley
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