Would you believe I still have several furniture makeovers from Lucketts to share? The past few years, I got too busy to take before & after pictures and I really kicked myself for it. This year, I made myself grab the camera and take a before of every piece AND made sure I had an after picture of each piece before it was loaded into the truck.
This antique pine table was one of my favorite pieces. I guess I had a lot of favorites this year, because this is like the fifth piece I’ve called one of my favorites! I found it on my shopping trip to Virginia. It was one of the pricier pieces I bought, but I really loved it and thought it would make a nice “focal piece” in my booth. Plus, I loved it so much, I didn’t mind if it didn’t sell. It wasn’t purchased in the Saturday morning rush and I actually leaned over and whispered to a few people that I would be totally at peace with taking it home with me.
Well, I didn’t. It sold Saturday afternoon to a very sweet couple who live in a 1700′s home and were looking for aged pieces that would look at home there. I think this piece fits the bill pretty well.
Here’s how the table started…
The pine top was old and had an amazing patina to it, but the based was obviously newer. It looked like it was custom made for the top and was really well-built, but the difference in the patina of the wood wasn’t working for me, so I bought it with the intention of painting the base.
Gorgeous top, right?
I knew I wanted to do a layered technique on the base to add an imaginary history…a story that it was painted and repainted over the years. Actually, this was the paint finish I was asked about most at Lucketts. People kept asking me about the colors and how I finished it. When that happens, it means I hit the nail on the head.
I started out by painting the table in a mix of all of the greens I had left on my workbench from other projects. I couldn’t begin to tell you what the ratio or mix was, but it was part MMS Milk Paint Lucketts Green, part Boxwood and part Kitchen Scale. I took my chances and didn’t add the Bonding Agent and didn’t prep the surface by sanding.
I then added Vaseline to the edges and a few other places where paint might naturally wear away over time. (You can see a tutorial on the technique HERE.)
I applied a coat of MMSMP Shutter Gray and then lightly distressed by hand with fine and heavy grit sand paper. I took some of the paint back to the wood and some to the green layer. The piece was finished in Antiquing Wax, which was applied with a brush and wiped away.
Now the top and the painted base have a more cohesive feel to my design eye.
Several people were hoping to buy the scale at Lucketts that I used in styling this shot, but I yanked it from my kitchen counter for the picture and then it went back. I can’t see letting that scale go anytime soon!
I did take the painted splint basket to the market, but just as a display piece for the lavender. The chippy paint on it is perfection and I bought it for myself.
It did get a lot of attention at the market. Someone asked me about buying it, but I quoted a ridiculous price and thankfully they passed it up!
For the first time ever, I totally sold out of lavender! I’m almost always left with lavender at the end of the market, but it was sold out by Saturday afternoon. I’ll make sure to bring more next year!
The pine table and Eulalie’s Sky cabinet were my two “focal pieces”, meaning I put them front and center as a first-impression representation of my style. I think it’s important to have those defining pieces at a market, booth, antique mall or shop to get people to come into your space. Sort of an appetizer…if you like this, you have to see what else I have.
A few of you pointed out that I’m not doing a very good job resting if I’m also posting, but I can do that while in my jammies watching Netflix! That’s the key! Jeff let me sleep in two mornings this week, has been content with leftovers and salads for dinner AND has been rubbing my tight neck and shoulders. All of that to say, I’ve been well pampered and am getting rest…although, there is an antique hutch in the basement calling my name…