What to do about cigarette burns on old furniture

This tall end table / lamp table with one little drawer was in pretty good condition, except for the badly damaged top.

A couple of VERY deep cigarette burns and several areas where the embossed gold design had worn down completely.  But it was plenty sturdy, had a lower shelf and a drawer (storage is always a big plus!) and it had ‘nice legs’!  I decided to buy it and see what I could to with it.

The CLEANEST vintage drawer innards I have ever seen!  Missing knob is no biggie since I usually change them anyhow.

The cigarette burns were not just ‘singes’ . . .  they were divots, burned clear through that top layer of wood; and just sanding them was not going to do the job.

I filled them with some wood putty, then sanded smooth once the putty was nice and dry.  The gold embossed border which was worn away in some spots was very inconsistent.  At first I thought I could just sand the rest away.  But it was very deeply  embedded in some spots and just barely on the surface of others.  So I just sanded enough to remove the surface sheen and painted as I usually do.


That little drawer was perfect for another one of the aqua ceramic knobs I have.

I went fairly light on the distressing because of the issues with the top.


I was concerned that the variations in the embossing would bother me, but it doesn’t.  And you can still see where the filled cigarette burn divots were . . . .  ‘a good distressing job covers a multitude of flaws’. (You may quote me on that!  hehe)


All in all, I an quite content with how it turned out.


Available for purchase in my booth at Stars for $79.00.


Pretty little frame make-over

P1190770Interesting small wood frame; holds a 5×7 photo.  Actually not too bad, as is; just a little too ‘uniformly’ distressed for my taste.

P1190785I covered the opening with a piece of paper.  Spray painted the whole thing black, then bushed on two coats of aqua paint.

P1190799Instead of sanding to distress this time, and because I wanted to bring out the creases more; I cracked open my beloved Ralph Lauren tobacco stain.

P1190801I ‘scrub’ the stain on to be sure it gets into all the crevasses, then ‘pounce off’ the excess stain with a cloth rag.

P1190800And you know I have to put ‘something pretty’ inside all my frames before I can sell them.  I opted for a replica of a French post card.

P1190861I really do love how it turned out!

Bringing out the details: Cottage chic update for vintage pedestal table

P1190959I think this is probably my very favorite style of lamp tables.


Mostly because of the pretty turned pedestals and elegant feet.

P1190958This recent find was still very sturdy, but extremely ‘well worn’.

P1190963Even the lower tier was in quite bad shape.

P1190962Be still my heart!!!  Look at those lovely, delicate carved details along the edges!!

P1190961Such a shame that they are barely noticeable in it’s ‘all brown’ state.

P1200308Nearly all of the old varnish was already worn off, so it just needed a wee bit of sanding before I painted it white.  After three coats of paint, it was time to bring out those pretty details.

P1200311I hand sanded along the high points on the feet and the turnings on the pedestal.

P1200310Brought out the turned details on the center part of the pedestal.

P1200312And those delicately carved details along the rims of both tiers.

P1200309Because I wanted those details around the rims to really stand out, I opted to not do any distressing on the flat table top surfaces.

P1200324I took her to Stars last week so I could ‘rebuild’ that all white vignette at the front on my booth.

P1200325This one of a kind beauty can be yours for $99.00.

Got a little more furniture painted

6..18.13 projects Curiosities 018Found this simple little table from the thrift store.  It’s pretty ‘basic’ (boring?!?) but sometimes the SIMPLER things are, the better they sell.

6..22.13 Both + projects 002I gave it a very basic and simple make-over too.

6..22.13 Both + projects 003

A quick sanding to take the sheen off the existing surface and a couple of coats of my beachy blue paint color.   NO distressing this time.

6..22.13 Both + projects 001A sweet white rose shaped porcelain knob and a coat of varnish on the top.  Done!

6..22.13 Both + projects 051This sweet thAng can be purchased in my booth at Stars for $34.00.

4.19 .13 projcest Curiousities 051I don’t have a very good BEFORE picture of this table.  It was originally a dark stained wood.  I painted it black and distressed to show some of the grain.  Usually this is a quite popular finish, but as you can see it got a little scratched up.  And since I had to bring it home anyhow to remedy the scratches, I decided to give it a complete make over.

6..22.13 Both + projects 009Used my beachy blue paint again, but this time did some (ALOT!) of distressing.

6..22.13 Both + projects 005The unique design on the legs  is really enhanced with the distressing.

6..22.13 Both + projects 004I distressed the top quite heavily too.   And as always, a coat of varnish on the top as the finishing touch.

6..22.13 Both + projects 008This one is still awaiting it’s marching orders.  will just depend upon which mall has room for it first I suppose.

4.12.13 signs CURIOSITIES stencils 028And here’s my next victim  er, PROJECT  Plucked this from my booth at CURIOSITIES yesterday since it hadn’t sold yet.  This was ‘one of those finds’ that I was elated over.  Was CERTAIN it would sell in an instant.  Alas, I was wrong; so it will be getting   a shabby make-over; and maybe a big FAT pillow on the seat!