Part of what I love doing besides painting worn, forgotten furniture is the thrill of the hunt! I’ve come to realize I’m pretty picky on what furniture I want to subject my paintbrush to. I could paint anything that comes along, but I prefer to find furniture with a soul and for me this can be found in the many dings, dent’s and scratches that mar most well used furniture.
I often find myself thinking about the owner’s of the furniture and the time frame it was most used. Often, clues as to the age of a particular furniture piece can be found in the maker’s mark or stamp if you are lucky to find one. These can usually be found on the underside or inside a drawer.
For instance, I found this cute demilune table sitting against a wall as I was walking out of a Goodwill store. I took careful note of its condition not finding too much repair needed and I was beyond thrilled when I saw the solid brass feet with wheels! All in perfect working order! After I got it home, I turned the table over while cleaning and saw the brass emblem nailed to the underside of the table top. “Irwin” with the name “Pendleton” above it.
After a quick search, I had a little information on the origins and the age of this table.
Robert W. Irwin Furniture Co., 1919 – 1953, Grand Rapids Michigan.
In 1940 Irwin introduced its competitively priced, apartment-scaled “Pendleton” line.
According to that bit of information, this little table is approximately 75 years old!
After a quick cleaning and tightening of screws, I removed the brass feet before painting so I could brighten them up and bring them back as they once were.
After mixing some colors together, I settled on this beautiful turquoise and painted a sample board. It was screaming boho chic in a very Anthropologie kind of way!
After two quick coats of paint I distressed very lightly along the edges and on the legs with sandpaper and applied clear wax and then a mixture of both clear and dark wax before gently wiping the excess wax off with a rag. The wiping eventually leaves a slight sheen on the furniture letting me know my job is done!
I brightened the brass feet with brass polish before putting them back on. The tables version of a shiny new pair of shoes.
I then stand back and marvel at the transformation and the renewed beauty created with a little paint and wax!
I’m so glad I was able to rescue this beauty and give it new life with a fresh coat of paint! This vintage turquoise demilune table is now ready for its new home and many more years of use!
The next time you are putting your old furniture out at the curb, think about how you can extend its life with a new finish.
You’ll be so glad you did!