And so with swallowed pride and a pit in my belly, I'm sharing the Bentwood Pedestal Cafe Table makeover that made me nauseous.
I started this makeover in haste four months ago during the busyness of preparing for a market. The clock was ticking and I needed a couple more pieces to fill my market booth. I remembered I had this small round vintage beech wood table Mr. Frugalista found at Goodwill for $15.
Vintage Bentwood Pedestal Cafe Table Makeover
No time to waste, I had a plan. Slap two coats of turquoise chalk paint on it, stencil the top with a white doily and give it a wash with white glaze. Quick easy peasy makeover and so it began.
FAIL. The paint wasn't sticking to the lacquer finish, but being a mineral based paint I thought I would give it a try. With no time to waste, I tossed the table aside.
Fast forward four months...
Tripping on the table legs in the workshop one too many times I decide rather than sanding the lacquer finish I would add a coat of primer to give the paint some bite.
Two coats of (*affiliate link) Peacock by Dixie Belle Paint Company turned it into a turquoise beauty. Next was giving it a wash with white glaze.
But the table, knowing what I did, decided since I threw the baby out with the bathwater...
...had a mind of its own and decided it should have a beach vibe.
...and so a beach inspired makeover it was.
Second paint layer, dry brushed strokes of (*affiliate link) Pure Ocean by Dixie Belle Paint Company.
Third paint layer, dry brushed strokes of (*affiliate link) The Gulf by Dixie Belle Paint Company. Can't get anymore beachy than the name of these paint colors!
Back onto the hook went the doily stencil and out came the (*affiliate link) Compass Rose.
Instead of the white glaze, (*affiliate link) Van Dyke Brown was used, giving the table an aged appearance.
Feeling happy with the makeover I flip the table over to attach felt pads onto the feet.
I feel a pit forming in my stomach.
Out of my mouth came a few colorful words...okay, a lot of colorful words.
Nausea took over along with tears when I discovered this...
I always check first.
I have a rule.
I let the lack of time hinder my better judgment. ALWAYS flip a piece upside down and look for a furniture maker's mark. If you find one, PUT THE PAINT BRUSH DOWN and research the piece online. You never know if you are the lucky one to score a valuable thrift store find.
Because I'm a masochist, I went online to see how much it may have been worth if left untouched. Depending on whether it's a Thonet (which I don't think it is) or a J & J Kohn (which I suspect it may be), it could be worth anywhere between $800 to $3800. Excuse me while I go crawl back into my hole.
ALWAYS FLIP IT UPSIDE DOWN
I'm hoping any of you who are furniture experts or if not, know someone who is, can confirm whether this table is the real deal or a much less valuable reproduction. I would so appreciate having a better idea of what it's true value is - ahem - was.