|Definitely in rough shape!|
I was planning to paint the entire table a creamy off white with just a hint of yellow or pink and paint an oval of flowers and vines in the middle. Of course my husbands reaction was somewhat adamantly against any paint on the "beautiful wood." Of course what I was seeing was the black stains in one end of the table and an assortment of dings and blemishes. So as a good couple should we compromised. I said that if he could get the black stains sanded out then we could just stain the top, but paint the sides and legs of the table. As usual, Murphy has become a resident at my house so I don't have any pictures of this process, because my camera broke at about the same time. My in laws were coming for Thanksgiving, so we were on a kind of deadline. If we didn't finish the table we would not have enough room to seat everyone at the table for dinner. We managed to get it all sanded off. So to start with I put three coats of paint on the side moulding and the legs. After the paint was dry, I painted a design on the wide part of the legs. (not visible in these pics above).
|Yes I based this design on Donna Dewberry's style, but the design itself|
At the same time, I bought a bench on my way to a ladies retreat in Murfreesboro. I decided to paint it to match. I painted the same pattern on the flat panel directly under the seat.
|This bench originally had a black base but I wanted it to match.|
|No leaves! They are 18 inches wide each, and we have two.|
|This has both of the leaves set for a full thanksgiving dinner.|
So all's well that ends well.