I was excited to create a coordinated group of pieces for a repeat customer. We combined two dusty side tables stored in her attic with a large Hepplewhite buffet server that I located at one of my favorite "thrift" stores. The styles of the pieces seemed to match well, and offered the opportunity to combine a vintage look with modern colors.
The color scheme was a deep orange and off-white. I ultimately selected Behr's "Carrot Stick" and "Pecan Sandie" as the actual colors.
The two side tables originally had damaged leather tops and scuffed wood finishes. After some repairs, preparation and removal of the leather, the tables were painted orange. After the top layers of off-white were painted, the pieces were sanded to reveal hints of orange.
The tops were painted in a custom orange finish. The entire piece was "glazed" in a medium brown to add depth and interest.
The larger piece needed stripping and sanding on the top to remove gouges plus some repairs to broken molding. Once primed, the unique orange paint and brown glaze were applied. Molding and the top edge was given a custom paint finish using a glazed pale gold.
The top received a custom stenciled design, using the "Chain Link" craft stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. The stencil layer was off-white, topped by hand-rubbed glazes in brown and the off-white. I loved the way the circles in the design tied into the round shape of the end table legs.
For both pieces, the drawers and interiors were refinished in Minwax's "Mission Oak" Polyshades. The original deep brown drawer handles were retained for the side tables. The handles on the buffet piece were painted in a deep metallic brown to coordinate with the side table handles.
The original pieces had dark wood finishes, with damaged and scuffed areas. Along with stripping and sanding, an oil-based primer was necessary to prevent the previous stains from bleeding through.