Saturday, August 31, 2013

I'm thinking of a color.........Campaign table anyone????

 Here is my new little feral friend that has been keeping me company while I'm
 out in the garage at night working. His mama brought him around a few months ago for grub. He used to have 3 other siblings. After a few weeks, this is all that's left. ;(  
 My house is surrounded by the highway, hills and lots of coyotes, owls, etc....  Tough life for feral cats. I've tried to catch him, but he's pretty quick. Then it takes me weeks to earn his trust back so that I can barely touch him again.  He's a cute little guy. 
Here is the latest project. A Campaign side table....with a horrendous paint job. 
I'm figuring maybe the three blind mice and Helen Keller were in on this.

 Notice the paint over the brass
accents. I mean seriously??And the handles too. You're too lazy to take out two screws?? 

I used my best gel. Totally no-toxic and cleans up with water. 

 Look at how this just peels right up after 30 mins!! I usually hate stripping furniture, so I rarely buy pieces that are already painted.  But this went fairly quickly.
So, here is the nice African Mahogany veneer after stripping. The drawers were easy but the 
top took a little more work. I hit it with the 80, 150 and 220 grit sandpaper on the sander. 
And this is what I ended up with all sanded. Complete raw wood! If it had been solid, I 
might have left it. But it was all veneer and nothing to leave Earth for.  
So what color????? Hmmmmmmm
    I thought about black. And I know white would sell. But I hate painting with white. 
Soooo boring. 
 Emerald Green???? I used this on another piece and it looked great. I left the legs and drawer fronts because I just think having some of that great wood as a contrast looks good.  If the green doesn't work out, I can always paint over it with black or red or any other dark color.  
                    Whatcha think????  
I still have a few more coats. I'm using a BM semi-gloss. Very thin coats.
 I've already painted the top 3 or 4 times. 

                               UPDATE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>All finished.........


  1. 3 Blind mice and Helen Keller LMHO -
    Well you have your eyesight obviously - beautiful transformation!!!

  2. Gosh, I didn't think it was possible to make Campaign furniture ugly, but that black paint job came pretty close. Great job on cleaning it up - especially the hardware. I love it in emerald. Here's a link to my Campaign board on Pinterest. I've got a dresser that I need to paint...I think my fav color is the fuschia small chest next to the leopard print chair.

  3. Love that little chest...great color!
    Your little guy is most likely a little girl...calico kitties are 99.9% female. Hope you can catch her long enough to get her spayed. Thanks...and have a wonderful week.

  4. the green end table is gorgeous! I love the contrast of the green and wood front.