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A Beautiful Breakfront and Dining Table

A long-time customer of ours gave Virginia a call a few weeks ago to schedule a house call. This customer had taken classes at SIFF when we first opened- that's over 14 years now! She had recently lucked up at an auction and gotten both an antique breakfront and a dining table that would seat up to fourteen guests, each at an enviably low price. Amazing! The 3-piece breakfront had to be assembled on-site, so having it delivered to our studio then to her home would've been impossible. It made more sense for Virginia to work directly inside the home! Before I get into befores, afters, and progress photos, here's some snapshots of the cutest painting assistant ever.

Too cute!

Now, down to business. Here are a few before photos of the dining table and breakfront, situated in our customer's dining room.

I'm adding a shortlist of steps and products that Virginia used to complete these pieces. We think they turned out fabulously and the homeowner was happy too!


1. Paint smooth in Jolie Linen

2. Glaze in a Van Dyke brown color

3. Sand back in places where wear would naturally occur

Dining Table:

1. Paint smooth in Jolie Linen

2. Lay in unmixed Linen and Antique White using the flat side of brush

3. Glaze in Van Dyke brown color

5. Mix King Gold and Renaissance Gold Gilding Waxes, and lightly brush onto the raised carvings on table legs

A few progress shots:

And finally, here's the finished product!

Table Leg Details:

Wanna have a chance to create a similar finish on some furnishings of your own? Come to our BYOP class on September 7th! From 10am to 2pm, we'll be hosting the Bring Your Own Piece Workshop in our Studio at the Southern Institute of Faux Finishing. Sign up includes all your supplies, instruction, and a spot of lunch! We can't wait to see you. Click here to sign up!

Best always, and thanks for reading! Talk soon!

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