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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…

Antique Gate Leg Table - loads of pics

I purchased this antique gate leg table as my Grandma had one and I always thought it was such a useful table fitting so many sizes of seating options. It had been previously painted over the solid hard wood top and briefly I thought I would maybe just smooth and repaint. But I decided to strip the leaf and see what was under the faux stained wood look.

The gorgeous grain was so pretty I knew then I would continue the laborious job of stripping and sanding these layers off to get to it.

As with any antique piece of furniture there are a few repairs,  I removed the "fancy" metal and screws and reglued and clamped as originally designed.

Time to haul out side and get stripping

once all old finish was stripped it was time to sand

and sand and sand some more

FINALLY done to the gorgeous wood

Seeing it was so pretty I wanted to only enhance and seal so went with Daddy Van's hemp oil. After cleaning well, I applied 4 coats allowing each one to dry well before adding next but the old wood soaked it up well.

For the table base which was lightly sanded to start and cleaned well I chose 
Old Fashioned Milk Paint in pitch black. This classic color is perfect classy neutral. And this brand of milk paint mixes so well and goes on so smooth. Two coats went on to give a deep black color then lightly distressed on the edges and sealed with 
Daddy Van's hemp oil which enriched the color even more.

This table is now ready for years more use 

and being a drop leaf gate leg has so many configurations

check out the hidden butterfly leaf in the center

Thanks to Old Fashioned Milk Paint & Daddy Van's hemp oil for their brand blogger sponsorship

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