It was a warm spring evening, the sun was just beginning to set. Thunder rumbled in the distance. Everything was quiet when suddenly the phone rings breaking the eerie stillness. The person on the other end of the line was my sister. She sounded a bit out of breath and there was an urgency in her tone.
Someone had left furniture out in the trash, would I be interested?
I was beginning to see her urgency. Yes, and there is no time to lose. Half hour later, as the rain drops were just beginning to fall, I get the call…the furniture has been saved.
Pulled in from the curbside was this dining chair, striped drop leaf table and 2 country painted, press backed oak chairs.
First up for rescue was the cute little drop leaf table. Solid wood and extremely sturdy, it deserved to be rescued from the trash.
Because I was painting this table a dark color, the entire top had to be stripped and sanded of all it’s paint.
If my final paint choice had been white then only the stripes would have needed to be sanded down. The edge where the paint stripes ended would have left just a slight ridge, just enough to be noticed under another coat of paint.
Paint remover took off the paint fairly easily followed by a nice sanding.
I left the legs white but sanded down all the edges where I wanted to have the black chalk paint show thru.
Kind of messy but painted just the edges with the black chalk paint.
The entire table was given a coat of red chalk paint.
I decided against having too many bare spots/ black paint spots in the middle of the table but the edges were given a nice sanding to allow the black paint to shine through as well as some of the bare wood of the table.
Followed up the painting and sanding with a coat of antique tinted wax.
I’ve already finished the single chair that was part of the curbside rescue but I’m not quite sure what to do with the pair of chairs, their seats are badly split. I’m still pondering those two.
Have a great week and I’ll see you back here on Thursday.