Thursday, July 26, 2018

refinishing an antique table

About six months ago I found this table on a local buy and sell group.  The previous owner had used it on her sun porch and just didn't have a need for it anymore. Once I picked it up I realized how special this table ones and did a little research! It is made by Hawthorne Furniture Co, and from what I could find was nearing 100 years old.  For being that old, this table was in pretty amazing condition.  There was no finish on it whatsoever, just some old stain that was wearing off on the top.

I started by giving it a good vacuum and wipe down, and hen started sanding the top.  The top is tongue and groove, with hidden leaves on both sides that tuck completely underneath.  There are hidden supports in the sides of the table that slide out under the leaf when it is up! Because there was barely any finish to remove on the top, I started with 120 and then moved to 150 and 180 grit sandpaper with my orbital sander to smooth out the top and prep it for stain.

I stained the top with Homestead House's Stain and Finishing Oil in Cappuccino.  I can't speak highly enough about this stain! It's one of the best on the market!

For the bottom, I debated on colour.  I paint a lot of things blue, but this table was just screaming for a vintage colour and I couldn't bring myself to paint it cream (I know, I know!).  Nothing on my paint shelf was just the colour I wanted so I custom mixed the colour I had in my head.  This is a 50/50 mix of Elegance and Pebble Beach from Country Chic Paint.

I only applied one coat because the coverage is fantastic and I wanted a very worn and authentic look.  When it was dry, I distressed it heavily using a combination of 150 and 220 grit sandpaper.

Because the wood was very old and raw, I used Hemp Oil as a topcoat.  Hemp Oil naturally hydrates and seals the wood from the inside out.  It also is a polymerizing oil, meaning it dries and hardens.  It's a perfect finish for a raw wood piece like this! You can see the oil on the surface after I applied it here:

I let it sit about twenty minutes and then wiped it back really well.  At this point it may still seem oily, and that's okay! Another wipe down in a few minutes will do the trick.  If there are areas that seem to have really absorbed the oil and there isn't any to wipe off, it's a good indication that the wood was very thirsty - another coat of Hemp Oil is a good idea for these areas.  You will know when it's thoroughly hydrated when it stops absorbing more oil.

This table turned out just as I had envisioned it! It still looks authentically it's age, but is ready for another century of love!

For more information on Hemp Oil, visit Country Chic's YouTube page and watch their video!

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