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Antique Serving Cart

Follow along to see how this antique cart was given a fun farmhouse finish.

I purchased this sweet antique wheeled cart and as soon as I brought it home my youngest daughter asked for it for Christmas as a plant stand in her new apartment. When asked what colors she saw it in, she instantly said white and dark stain.

As with all my pieces, especially the old antiques that have seen years of wear and use I scrub them thoroughly. You can in the still photo and the video just how much grime and dirt comes off.

Next I removed the bottom shelf for easier stripping and staining. Both flat surfaces were stripped with paint stripper then power sanded smooth. The corners on the top surface with the raised edges required hand sanding to get into the tight corners.

Once the sanding was complete and the whole piece wiped down again to remove any sanding dust it was time to stain. I chose my go to Homestead House's stain and finishing oil all in one  in the color cappuccino. See a farmhouse h…

Strip, Stain and Fusion coffee table

I have an affection for solid wood pieces from the past. I find they exude character and are built to last forever. Most times though the finish does not hold up thru the years of use. Take this gorgeous Queen Anne French provincial coffee table. It is solid thick wood but has a crazed shellac finish with water damage.. lets give it some love.

 Sanding was not going to work, even stripper took 2 + coats to remove the thick top

then power sanding from 80 - 120 grit sand paper to get a smooth bare wood ready to stain

A coat of wood conditioner followed by a coat of General Finishes antique walnut gel stain (shown on right side of above left picture) then wiped off to leave a beautiful rich color (above right) Once it dried well for over 72 hours I added 4 coats of General Finishes high performance top coat in flat finish for a beautiful durable finish that enhances the gorgeous grain.

For the base I chose Fusion Mineral paint in limestone, a neutral warm white perfect to match any décor color

Between and after the second coat I wet distressed the edges. I find this the easiest method to distress Fusion Mineral paint.

To enhance the details give the table additional character, I added dark wax to the warm white using Fusion Mineral paint dark wax in espresso.

Once all was dry, a soft buff and the table has been given new life..

This beauty is currently for sale, more details can be found on my Facebook page link to the right sidebar... if you are near Calgary Alberta Canada and would like to have this gorgeous girl in your home!

Please note that although this post is Fusion Mineral paint & General Finishes sponsored, all opinions are my own. No monetary compensation has been received. The links are for your convenience to learn more about these great products.

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  1. A perfectly classy makeover for a classic styled table, wonderful refinishing job and Thanks for sharing at Fridays Furniture Fix!

  2. What a beautiful makeover. You absolutely cannot go wrong with this look. Classic, timeless and simply gorgeous!


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