I just finished these custom tables for a client this week and thought I would share them with you.  While I was working on them I was struck by their quality.  They are solid wood and saying they are built to last is a bit of an understatement.  solid wood vintage coffee tableI see vintage tables like these all of the time.   Most were made between the 1940s and the 1970s.  They are sturdy, solid and even when they are massed produced, were far superior than most of the furniture produced today.  details on vintage coffee tableHow many of us, who have bought new furniture in the past 20 years still have it?  And it has held up well?  Probably not many.  I know I haven’t.  But yet the pieces that you see kicking around thrift stores and garage sales barely look like they have been used.  sanded down top of a vintage coffee table - getting ready to restain itSeeing tables like these, and their incredible quality, is just another reminder of why I love what I do.

I would hate to see these unique pieces end up in a landfill.  Preserving their beauty and quality is a job I will take any day.  General Finishes Black stainFusion Mineral Paint Raw Silk on vintage coffee table detailsThe next time you are thinking of adding new furniture to your home, I would encourage you to check your local charity store or online buy/sell sites.  These older pieces may need a little TLC (aka paint) but their quality is well worth the effort.carved wood detail on vintage solid wood side tablesvintage end tables redone with General Finishes Black stain and Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw Silkvintage coffee table restained top with General Finishes Black stain and Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw SilkTo get specific directions on how to refinish tables like these, check out a previous post about a similar, Federal style table.

The tops of the tables above were refinished using General Finishes wood stain in Black.  The bottoms with Fusion Mineral Paint in Raw Silk.

The paint for this project was generously supplied by Fusion Mineral Paint. 


I have 4 lovely thoughts, I would love to hear yours.

  1. The tables look beautiful, Lisa. I’m with you on keeping old furniture out of a landfill! I’ve yet to try Fusion paint, but hope to some day. Thanks for sharing, Cynthia

    • Thanks Cynthia! I really love Fusion. I have been using it for awhile and it is a great paint for something with a lot of detail. It is a thinner paint so works really well for a project like this to keep the detail visible.

  2. Barbara Ennis says:

    Absolutely beautiful work….very talented lady….my hubby is a woodworker….and does lots of different things too, I used to be his junk collector….bring home any piece of wood and he could re purpose it and make it pretty…..brought home an old picket fence….he made a potting bench with it…..keep up your lovely work…..Barbara.

    • Thank you so much for your sweet comments Barbara; they made my day. And I agree… I love when you can make something cool out of junk 🙂 Those projects are so much fun and they certainly gets the creative juices flowing! Have a lovely week!

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