Do you remember in October when I thrifted the steal of a century? Our antique table turned coffee table? For a back story on the antique table, click here for the blog. Ever since we got it, I really wanted to strip it down to its true bones, but I was terrified to ruin it. Well, yesterday I just went for it, and I couldn’t love it more. Here’s a bit of info on stripping an antique table!
How do you decipher what is an antique? Typically you can tell by how it’s made. This piece was so old it didn’t even have a manufacturing stamp on it. It has square nails and the rounded boards show that it wasn’t cut or made in a factory. I looked up different aspects of the table, and it shows it was made in the 1800s.
An antique is an item that is more than seventy years old. People often get antiques and vintage items confused.
Since our home is very dark, I had to brighten the photo, and it almost makes the legs look orange, but I can promise you that they’re the tone of the top. Absolutely perfection.
For stripping an antique table, I took 220 grit sandpaper and my electric sander and went to town. It’s important to note not to over sand as you do not want to lose detail. That’s the best part of antiques – the details from years and years of use.
It’s literally impossible to pick up all the character and grain on camera. If only you could all see what I see – it’s stunning!
Let me know in the comments if you prefer the darker stain or this stripped verson
Also, halfway through writing this blog I decided to go buy some real eucalyptus from my local grocery store. So cheap for such a huge impact.