Hi everyone! When shopping for vintage and antiques, I always try to look for items that others overlook, for example, the tables and stands that merchandise often sits on. You have to look “below” the surface to discover them and often, they are quite reasonably priced. Case in point. I went back to an estate sale on day #2 and noticed a table in the basement holding a big pile of true junk. I slid it all off into a box and decided that while the box 0’junk held no interest, the table did.
I promptly found a salesperson who quoted me a price of $10.00. Sold!
This is the table that came home with me that day. You can probably tell that she’s a small farm table, but the top would repel a lot of people.
I felt she just needed some TLC to restore a little life to her, so I decided to give her a special spa treatment.
I gathered up my tools of the trade–a couple of different brushes, an old towel, wax, cheese cloth, and a bowl of warm, soapy water.
First I removed some of the dirt and loosely attached paint chips with a stiff bristled brush.
Then I gave her a good scrubbing with the hand brush and soapy water.
Some of the crud that the scrubbing failed to remove, I scraped off with my handy widget. The razor blade slid under the caked-on goo and broke it free from the table top.
Here you see a much cleaner surface, after all the scrubbing and scraping and a coat of wax. I like to use wax because it both cleans and finishes off the surface, making it look “healthier,” and helping to prevent more paint from chipping off.
Here she is after her spa treatment–yeah, she’s still a bit of a hot mess, but she won’t flake all over the floor, she passes the
white gray glove test, and she smells better, too(!).
So, after I went through all the effort of taking this [lovely] series of photos, it all seemed a bit obvious. Of course you’d clean something dirty and polish it up a little to make it presentable. And truth be told, I even wondered if it would sell. Was it really the awesome little piece that I thought it was? Well, shortly after her spa treatment, this lovely lady headed up to my antique booth and sold in just a few weeks. I had her priced at $62.00 and she sold for $55.00. I was pretty pleased.
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