Monday, June 21, 2010

If Heather Chaduck can do it, so can I!

Remember that yellow flea market table I wrote about here and showcased my milk glass turned planters on?





Well last week I finally dove into it's makeover process and you wouldn't believe what I found! I planned on repainting the entire piece in a custom color and then finish it off with some light distressing. I decided to sand a few areas just to see what I was working with and if I would be ok with just a light sand and priming to save time... I'm impatient. I began to use my electric sander on top and as it finally got through all the coats of paint on it, it began to show some dark brown color. As I looked closer I noticed it was not wood underneath all this paint but instead was a leather top table someone had painted over!



I debated what to do. I really wanted to restore the leather top but knew it would take a lot of work to take all of the paint off the leather without damaging it, and who knows why it was painted in the first place, maybe it was in such bad condition that painting was the best option. My mom suggested nail polish remover so I began and it was taking forever! I then decided I would run out to the hardware store and see if by chance I could find some paint stripper that just might work on leather (as there was lightening and thunder and pouring down rain!... I told you I was impatient).



By luck I found some paint stripper that said it could be used on leather so back home I went to check it out. It worked perfectly and in just about 30-40 minutes the top was paint free and I could finally examine the leather's condition.



There wre a few scratches and color inconsistencies but overall it wasn't too bad. My mom suggested using shoe polish to see if it would help with the color and overall clean up of the leather.



It definitely helped I think but it still had a worn look to it which I decided added character to the piece.



I immediately thought of Heather Chadduck's living room with the worn leather chairs that she kept worn and tattered...



I figured if Heather can do it, so can I!

I mixed a few colors I had already to come up with a grey green color which I love! I think it goes great with the color of the leather and with the new hardware knobs I purchased...



Here are some detail shots...





The hardware was labled for closet doors. It's big and chunky!



You can see some of the etching detail the top had...









I absolutely love this piece even more now and am so excited to have found a hidden diamond in the rough!


Have you discovered any wonderful surprises lately?




~Megan


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28 comments:

Vanessa said...

What a great find! It looks awesome!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

I have two of those tables, without the leather top. Now I'm wondering if I should add leather because yours looks so good!

I really like the paint color, too. Well done!

TheCraftInMe said...

Very nice, I'm impatient with my project too, looks great!

Donene said...

It looks great, Good job with removing all of that paint!

Anna said...

fabulous table! great job, it looked like a lot of work to take off all that paint!

Pam said...

I used to have that same type of table. It had the leather on the top also, but had never been painted. If I knew it could look that great with a little paint I would have kept it instead of giving it to a friend.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

What a fabulous surprise! I love how it turned out.

Adventures of a CrAzY LaDy! said...

FANTASTIC job! It looks amazing! Good work! :)

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

This turned out gorgeous! The paint stripper looks fun to use. I love the exposed wood top - simply fabulous! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly apprecite it. Hope you are enjoying your week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

Donna said...

Your table looks awesome! And it's worth all of the work you put into it! I really love the base, and the color you painted it too!

pieters said...

THAT is gorgeous! lauren@mylifeandmyloves

Kaysi said...

WOW that looks great!!! I love how you did the top, so creative!

Kristy said...

Looks great!

Wendy said...

What a cute little table! It looks great!

brandi @ tales of a domestic goddess said...

what an exciting find, you did a great job on it!

Julie said...

Turned out gorgeous!

Cara said...

Looks great! What type of stripper did you use?

Jennifer Rizzo said...

It looks really nice. I love the contrast!

Jen said...

i didn't even mind your yellow table...i'm a little fond of that color BUT what you did turned out SO well. it's amazing what you find when you start pealing back all those layers!

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

this is such a cute table! and i love how you transformed it :)

The Thriftress said...

I love that you found the original leather and refurbished it. I'm featuring this project this week. Grab a button!
http://thethriftress.blogspot.com/2010/06/friday-im-in-love-10.html
Sarah

Holly and Sean said...

That truly is a diamond in the rough!! I have yet to restore a leather top because it really sounds like daunting work but I am so happy you did. It totally makes the piece (and gives it such a unique touch). Can't wait to see what you work your magic on next!
Thanks for sharing in our first Fresh Coat Friday!!

Holly

Stephanie Cameron said...

What an interesting find!

Megan said...

Cara-
The stripper I used was Zip-Strip Original, paint and finish remover... it's in a yellow can. It works great! It says to brush on and let sit 10-20 min but for me it worked better waiting only 1 min or so, maybe because it was on top of leather and or the paint was so thick. Hope this helps you if you are doing a similar project!

~Megan

Cara said...

Thanks! I hope my table turns out half as cute!

cushycottage said...

what a pleasant surprise. a leather top table with white stand is so cute. great makeover!

Sarah @ Different Dog said...

How fun to find a treasure. I just nabbed a similar but shorter table...I haven't had the guts to do anything with it yet.

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Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Wow, who knew painted over leather lurked beneath and that it could be restored?! Great job.