Victorian demi lune table transformation

Our very first apartment was a third floor walk-up in an old Victorian house in New Jersey.  It was owned by a woman named Virginia – she was great.  Everytime I see the comic strip Maxine I think of her.  A funny old bird, who loved the fact that she was a funny old bird!

maxine_icon

On the day we moved in we found that the apartment still had bits and pieces of old furniture in it.  “Keep it”, she said.  “I left it there in case you didn’t have anything else”.  We must have looked like seriously poor college students.  Funny thing, she was right.  We had a bed, a thousand books in milk crates and an old couch.  We figured that was all we needed!

One of the things she left us was a small table that even now – 24 years later – we call the Virginia Table:

ornate end table before

As you can see, it has seen better days, but it had good bones and some spunk left in it.  Sort of like Maxine – and Virginia. So I thought it would be a good project to test out my pot of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

I had to fix up the uneven veneer top with wood filler –

ornate table wood filler

And gave it a good coat of Aubusson Blue ASCP.   I’d heard a thousand glowing reviews that it only took one coat of this paint to transform anything into instant amazing, and I am so delighted to say that it worked for me.  There were some areas that didn’t cover completely but it sort of looks like that distressed finish that people get by going over a piece with sandpaper.  So I took that as a “cool – I get to miss a step” rather than an “oh, foo – I have to do another coat to cover it”.    Anyone who knows me knows that I tend to get impatient with crafty projects so this was a very happy moment for me!

table finial stretcher detail

See?  Those darker areas are more “lazy” than “creative”  — don’t tell anyone.  I’ll make believe I slaved over the detailing and if you back me up I’ll buy you a martini!

After I stepped back and looked at the whole thing I felt a little underwhelmed at the outcome – it looked a bit boring to me…

ornate wooden table chalk paint first coat          annie sloan chalk paint table full view

So after some mulling over, I decided to pull out my very favorite brown paint and fuss it up a little.

If you haven’t read other parts of my blog, you should know that I have an odd love for Home Depot’s floor paint in Bitter Chocolate.  I’ve used it on my stair hall transformation project (you can see more shots of the stair hall in my mudroom transformation project post, too), and to cover the icky floors of my newly renovated dining room until I can get proper flooring, and even made up my own little quick-access paint container so I can use it without having to haul out the whole gallon.

So I painted the top brown to emulate a stained finish:

chalk paint table cover image

And I think that did the trick – I like it a ton better now.

CHALK PAINT TABLE FINAL

Here’s some detail…

scrolled detail table

So here is the before and after:

ornate end table before          CHALK PAINT TABLE FINAL

What do you think?  I think Virginia would love it.

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Comments

  1. Never mind Virginia, I love it. I bet she would, too…….got to check out that bitter brown on my next trip to town.
    Maxine is a 10.
    btw, It’s nice to know someone else likes Aubusson as much as I do…..

  2. ops…bitter chocolate I meant. Got to go back to drinking coffee to clear my head!

  3. That looks great! It’s interesting how the paint looks like a brighter blue in certain light and more of a teal in other light. I like the brown top.

  4. Wow, I love the colors you chose. Great job!

  5. I absolutely LOVE the color! You did a FABULOUS JOB!!! Thanks so much for sharing! LOVE IT! hugs…

  6. Gorgeous table!

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  8. Found you from Beneath My Heart….I just love this little table! And Aubusson is one of my favorite colors…so of course it caught my eye! I use Chalk Paint a lot and love it.
    I too, like it better with the brown top, btw. 🙂
    Love the story behind the table too..thanks for sharing. 🙂
    Nancy

  9. Hi there! This table is fabulous. I am looking for some project inspiration of my own and would love it if you could link this up to my Tuesday Bluesday Link Party over at Curb Alert! It would be a great kickstart to my party. Thanks for the inspiration! http://tamicurbalert.blogspot.com/2013/04/bluesday-tuesday-link-party-starting.html
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

  10. Love the gorgeous makeover you gave this old table, she has new life that has her as the star of any decor.
    Love it!
    Hugs,
    Patti

  11. Oh…I love this. Yes, you did Virginia proud. I’ve wanted one of these tables for ages but have yet to find one. Beautiful job. I’d love it if you linked this up at my weekly linky party…Mod Mix Monday at ModVintageLife.com.

  12. I love how this turned out. Yes, you did Virginia proud. I’ve wanted a table like this for ages but haven’t found one. I’d love it if you linked this up at my weekly linky party on Monday – Mod Mix Monday at ModVintageLife.com

  13. Wow your table turned out really great! Love the coloring!

  14. Love it! I definitely think changing the top made an amazing difference! Although it looked great before, too. But the top makes it superb!

  15. Looks fantastic! I love the final outcome, it has so much depth and the top really sets it off. Great job!!

  16. Looks fantastic! I really love the final outcome here, so much more depth. And the top really sets it off! Great work!

  17. wanda ll says:

    Interesting table. I’ve got a set. They belonged to my grandmother and father. Put together they make a circle/oval. I can still the the flower decal that was on top but barley. Yours turned out so pretty. I’ve kept the tables now for over 40+ years not knowing what to do with them but noting throwing them away. So maybe when my granddaughter goes off to college in 3 years, I’ll fix them for her and she would have something from her greatgreatgrandmother/ father. Thanks for showing them again.
    wanda aka meme

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