You will have to be of a certain age to recognise the title to this post (it’s a cheesy song by Mud). I’m coming toward the end of a bureau refurb and it has the most wonderful claw feet – hence the title.
Note the tin of tomatoes in the background – it’s not a weird craving I have whilst painting, I just use the empty tins for mixing colour washes.
Here’s the bureau just before waxing:
The paintwork has been distressed a little – I thought that a little of the original wood colour showing through would suit the Frenchy style of the bureau.
Here’s the bureau after waxing, with handles back in place:
I’m also working on an Edwardian dressing table that’s being remodelled into a console table. Here it is in the raw (not a pretty sight):
But there are some lovely features to work with:
My original plan was to sand back fully the table top and bottom shelf and just wax them, but I didn’t like the graining; it’s a bit too ‘loud’ for such a pretty piece:
So I’ve decided to paint all of it.
The screws holding the handles in place refused to loosen, so they have had to stay in place. It’s always easier to remove handles if possible; it makes the painting easier, but old furniture has a mind of its own.
The decorative plinth has been re-attached and is being held in place overnight with clamps. Now all I have to do is choose which paint to use – Farrow & Ball ‘Lamp Room Gray’ or ‘French Gray’ are the favourites.
As you can see from the pic above, the bureau is finished. I added some French script to the inside, along with a hand painted white rose:
I also finished the console table today:
Whilst I was painting the console, my husband was busy doing the prep on a lovely little pine dining set. Here’s one of the bench seats just after the sanding:
And here it is being knot blocked and primed:
It was nice to work in some warm weather for a change – hopefully spring is on its way.