I've gotten to know the owner a bit and he knows I paint vintage furniture. So whenever I stop by, he pulls out something he thinks I might be interested in from one of his barns. On my last visit he pulled this out, saying, "I don't know if you can do anything with it, but if you want it you can have it."
To be honest, I didn't really know if I could do anything with it either--it was a bit wobbly, and that burn was big and deep--but it had such nice detailing and great legs that I thought it deserved a chance. Plus it was free. And I really like free.
So it came home with me. Inside the drawer I found a rectangular metal plate that said "KLING, Mayville, New York" and part of a stamp that said mahogany. I looked up Kling furniture and found out they were in business in Mayville from 1911 to 1962, when the family sold the business to the company that became Ethan Allen. Ethan Allen used the factory until closing it in 2003. The plate in my piece was used between 1946 and 1962, so that's the age range of the table.
First I re-glued and nailed the wobbly bits, then I sanded the top. I got quite a bit of the burn off, but I was sanding a divot into the wood, and I didn't want to make it deeper. So I filled it in with wood filler. I actually had to fill in with the wood filler a couple of times during the painting process so there wasn't a dip.
I used ASCP Old White for the top and the shelf. I also used Old White as a base coat for some of the detailing I wanted to highlight. I used ASCP Emile for the body of the table. This is the first time I've used this color, and it is a very pretty lavender.
So ... here she is ...
You can see where I sanded to let the white show through.
Then I did a light distressing over the rest of the piece.
I replaced the drawer pull with one I had bought from Hobby Lobby a while ago. It actually came with a back plate, but it seemed too much for the scale of the table, so I just used the knob. Then I finished with ASCP clear wax.
I learned a new tip about fixing a problem that some of you may have encountered with ASCP: The wood kept bleeding through the paint on the top of the table--showing up as kind of a pinkish hue. I looked on the Annie Sloan website and apparently this is a problem with some vintage mahogany pieces from the '30s and '40s. The website said to use shellac to fix the problem, but it didn't give much more info. Never having used shellac before, and not being clear whether I needed to remove the paint I'd already done or if I could just put the shellac right over it; I asked chalk paint guru and stockist Janet from The Empty Nest. She told me you put it right on the existing paint. It dries very quickly, then you can paint over it. And it works!
Between the burn, filling in the wood and the bleeding issue, let alone the painting and detailing, she took a lot of work and a lot of time--but I definitely think she was worth it! (I don't usually assign gender to my furniture pieces, but I just feel this piece is like a former belle of the ball brought back to her prime!) I think she would be sweet in a little girl's or a teenager's bedroom, or perfect in a romantic bedroom with a bit of a French accent.
She may have started out as an ugly duckling in a barn with a "guard quail", but now she's a beautiful swan!
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