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Retractable Sewing Table/Sideboard

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Drab to Fab Furniture Upcycling taught by Ann Marie Auricchio

Transform yard-sale finds into items that showcase your style! This class teaches techniques to unearth and fix up those hidden gems.

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Category Gardening
Type Home Decor
Style Funky, Casual
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What materials did you use? Silver Leaf, sizing & sealer, Sculpey Baking Clay, Epoxy, Clamps, Dynamic Dyna Patch, Chalk Paint in Graphite, Satin Polyurethane, OO Steel Wool,

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What are you most proud of? I had never attempted leafing before as the thought of it scared me. Thanks to the skills taught in Lesson 10: Art Deco End Table, I found it much easier than I had anticipated. I'm also proud that I was able to create the missing trim piece by applying the skills learned in Lesson 12: Radio Cabinet using Sculpey Baking Clay (I choose a low VOC option rather than Bondo).

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? First, take the Drab to Fab Course! When leafing, gently press a piece of wax paper over top the leaf while still in the book and gently pick up. It makes it much easier to place the leaf onto your sizing with better precision. I burnished the silver leafing using fine OO steel wool in a circular motion with very light pressure. I prefer using soft wax to seal furniture but in this case, as it was a sewing table, I was concerned the wax may stain the fabrics and so I opted for a satin polyurethane finish instead.

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I love this piece -- what a wonderful application of silver leafing, too.

07/22/2013 Flag

Thank You! That was my first attempt at silver leafing and I found it surprisingly not that difficult. I'm on the hunt for another perfect flea market find that I can apply leafing to.

07/26/2013 Flag

Wow! Fabulous refinish and wonderful corner. You have a great eye and obvious talent. I hope my project comes out so well.

03/17/2014 Flag

Thank you so much @iloveflowers! I hope you post your project in here when it's finished.

03/21/2014 Flag

Think is brilliant!!

05/09/2014 Flag

Thanks so much Cherita!

05/16/2014 Flag

LOVE how the retro-funky facelift actually adds an elegant touch to your room. And great choice of furnishings and lamp to go with it! Really great job;-)

06/24/2014 Flag

Sorry for being so late to respond to your sweet comments. I just noticed this now :( I appreciate you taking the time to leave them. Happy 4th of July!!!

07/04/2014 Flag