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!