Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Childs Table Set Restoration

Here's a little restoration project I have been working on.    The set belongs to my friend Sandie who asked me if I would restore it.  It was made by her Grandfather back when her Mother was a little girl.   I believe she said it was made around 70 years ago.  At first I was a little intimidated because I didn't want to ruin it, but once I got them home and had a good look, I just knew I could fix them. 

The set was weathered from being left outside.  The goal was to keep as much original as possible. I did need to replace the seat, back and trim portion of the benches with new wood.  The table top was salvageable it just needed a good sanding and 8 layers of paint ;) 

I kept the original characters on the sides.  I glued and clamped and sanded and repainted to restore as close as I could to the originals.  I traced the design onto wax paper before I sanded just in case so I didn't lose any of the detail.

I think it turned out well and it was so much fun helping preserve a little piece of history for Sandie and her family.

Aren't they just the cutest.  Dontcha just love how the bunny is dancing.

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Katy said...

you did a fantastic job, woo hoo!!!!

Janeen said...

This melts my heart! You did an AMAZING job! Sandie is sure to be proud of your hard work. :-)

Mandy said...

Mimi, this is great! I'd love it if you shared it at my link party that started yesterday.
Love your blog and I'm a follower.

Robin said...

***Sigh*** How adorable! You have done a fantastic job restoring them. What a wonderful set to have in the family. What kid wouldn't want a little picnic at such a cute table.

Alicia @ Sweet Ava Kate said...

Wow! Look at you! This is amazing, what a beautiful restoration! I received your paint sample about a month ago, can't remember if I let you know. Thanks and hope you're doing well!

anangloinquebec said...

How sweet is that! What a precious piece and they must be very happy with the results.

kim91262 said...

wow. you must be an amazing friend, cuz i bet that was A LOT of work!

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