Antique Scalloped Tilt-Top Table With Decoupage Wallpaper

One of my favorite days of the month is back, Themed Furniture Makeover Day and the theme is LAYERS. This makeover is so hot off the press that if you touched it, you'd burn yourself. Nothing like waiting three days before the challenge to start the makeover.

You may be wondering by looking at the photo how this table falls into the layers category. I promise before you finish reading this post you'll truly understand how it was/is layers personified. So without further ado, today I'm sharing an Antique Scalloped Tilt-Top Tea Table with metallic decoupaged top.

Antique Tilt Top Tea Table Makeover

Antique Scalloped Tilt-Top Tea Table

This poor table had seen it's better days as you can see in the photo below...

Antique Tilt Top Tea Table Before

I had my work cut out for me with this VERY damaged veneer top.

Damaged veneer on Antique Tilt Top Table

The first order of business was removing the damaged veneer and missing layers of plywood. I learned a trick from my friend Larissa at Prodigal Pieces who uses wet towels left overnight to remove damaged veneer. Here is a link to her veneer removal tutorial.

Removing the veneer from an Antique Tilt Top Table

It worked like a charm, literally peeling off the veneer (layer #1) with my fingers. But the damaged plywood needed an extra soak overnight (layer #2).

I had three visions for this table and all three involved painting the base white. Because the table is mahogany and guaranteed paint bleed, I went ahead and applied a coat of DecoArt Stain Blocker that I had on hand (layer #3). Shellac also works but my can was empty.

It took about four thin layers (layers #4-8) of white chalk paint to get full coverage. Once dry, I applied a coat of clear wax (layer #9) and hit some of the details with Silver Metallic Gilding Wax (Layer #10), wiping off the excess. Once that was dry I applied Pearl Wax over the entire base to give it an iridescent and glamorous shimmer (layer #11).

Antique tilt top table chalk painted white

I did some Google searching to see if I could find the age of this table but I had no such luck. It is a numbered piece for whatever that's worth and I made sure to keep it visible.

Antique Tilt Top Numbered Table

I mentioned earlier that I had three visions for this table and they were:
  1. Dry brush layers of white and soft gray paint over the last layer of raw plywood for a rustic look.
  2. Decoupage the top with musical note wallpaper for a whimsical touch.
  3. Decoupage the top with a soft and subtle metallic paper and apply hits of silver metallic wax over the white.
Option Number 3 seemed the most fitting because it's such a dainty tea table. 

Antique Tilt Top Table with silver gilding wax

I'm so glad I went with this option - isn't the paper just so pretty?

Antique Tea Table with tilt top

Here is a close up...

Antique Tilt Top Table with metallic papered top

You can see the rubbed silver metallic gilding wax around the scalloped edge in the photo below...

Antique Tilt Top Table with decoupaged top and silver wax

Now here's where I'm going to keep it real friends. This isn't one of those pieces where I fall in love with the makeover and can't bear to part with it. I'm not feeling 100% satisfied with the makeover.

It's been so long since I've been in the workshop (May to be exact) that I think I lost my furniture refinishing mojo.

Part of me wants to put it back in the workshop and start over.

Antique Tilt Top Scalloped Tea Table After Makeover

The other part of me is saying, Marie, it will sell.

I could use your help and please do not be shy about being honest. Do you think I should rethink the silver gilding wax and/or papered top?

Tilt top tea table before and after

Time to see what my talented friends in the DIY Furniture Girls group created with layers this month.
Press the links below to be taken to their makeovers...  

You will find this project posted at these fabulous PARTIES.