Small tables are dangerous territory for me. As with chairs, I have a hard time letting unique and promising ones pass me by, and my apartment has a serious lack-of-space issue because of it. Alyson’s console table is a piece I’d have difficulty passing up, for example. I really love seeing the decorative wood details covered entirely in matte black, and the pop of green is a nice, unexpected touch. Great work, Alyson! — Kate
Time: 3 weeks
Basic Steps: I stripped the piece and found that there were multiple nasty layers of paint; it was so thick that you couldn’t see any of the great detailing. After that, I needed to go in with wood filler and take care of the dents and peeling wood! Lots of sanding followed. I painted the top with two coats of chartreuse and allowed plenty of drying time. Then I actually used black enamel spray paint for the black detail and went back (manically) with a small brush of the blue.
It ended up that the black then needed touch ups, so I found a small bottle of crafting enamel. There was a viscous circle of touching up with blue, then black, then blue . . . until I was satisfied. After that, there were two layers of the blue on the macro pieces, and I was done. Almost. At the last minute, I decided to leave off the two side doors, so that got some enamel spray as well. My advice is to enjoy the process. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes — you can always go back with more paint! Have fun! — Alyson
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I’m sure this happens to the best of us, but sometimes the upholstery on a piece is so unappealing that I forget there’s a nice piece of furniture under there, and I write the whole thing off. Big mistake — as this reupholstered chair from Elizabeth shows, almost any chair can be brought back to life with the right design decisions. Wonderful work, Elizabeth!
Time: 1 month (at professional upholsterers)
Basic Steps: The chair belongs to a client of mine; she found it on Craigslist and loved the shape, but not the (extremely old and worn) upholstery. We went back and forth about fabrics for a while before landing on Mod Green Pod’s Atticus in Cherry, which worked to bring more color and pattern into the room without being overwhelming and taking away from other pieces. We then dropped it off with the upholsterer, who recovered the chair, made new seat and back cushions and refinished the wooden legs and arm pieces. My advice is to find a great upholsterer whom you trust — they will change your life! Also, don’t be afraid of patterns; they aren’t necessarily overwhelming. — Elizabeth