Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP – An Empire Case Goods Co. Antique

Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP – An Empire Case Goods Co. Antique

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This summer at auction I found a sweet little antique bedroom side table from the Empire Case Goods Company.
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
I immediately knew it was a great find and fought till I won it. It was a bit pricey, but totally worth it. Pricey for me might not mean the same thing to others…
 
Upon a bit of research, I found the manufacturer of this side table, the Empire Case Goods Co., listed in a 620 page library book of Jamestown, New York 1915-1916 Town Directory. From what I've read elsewhere, the company was formed in 1912.
 

Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}

Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}

 
One source said Empire burned to the ground in 1935 but remained in business, eventually leaving Jamestown in the early 1950s.
 
This side table was sold by the Donath Furniture Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their tag was stapled to the bottom of the table:
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
I couldn't find any information on this store, but it is quite intriguing to know that it traveled from New York to the store in Milwaukee, WI and eventually to Stevens Point, WI, where we bought it and took it home to be updated and preserved with Old Fashioned Milk Paint  here in Wausau, WI and Hope's 100% Tung Oil. 
 
It is fitting that OFMP covers this piece since the milk paint exactly replicates the paint finish of Colonial furniture using milk protein, lime and earth pigments. The look and feel of a surface painted today with Old Fashioned Milk Paint mirrors what was found on furniture, walls and floors in country houses in Colonial America.
 
 

The Transformation

 
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The table was in rough shape and needed some repair and a good cleaning.
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
First I cleaned it with (affiliate) Awesome spray (check for this at your Dollar Store) and then scrubbed it with a green scrubbie and a 50/50 mix of water and (affiliate) denatured alcohol. It was so very filthy! Then it got a good sanding to be sure it would take the paint.
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
My DH sanded the shelf and top down to bare wood since it was a bit rough.
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
The first plan was to paint it a coral color, but it turned out more of a pink – I couldn't get the mix right becaue I didn't have any yellow to add. So I just played with it and came up with a color that I was quite pleased with.
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
It's a kind of dark brown gray plum-ish that changes colors with the time of day. It looks brown under my kitchen lights at night but purplish in the daytime with natural light. As the day darkens, it takes on a grayish cast.
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
I used a mix of (affiliate) Salem Red, Oyster White, Snow White, Driftwood, and Pitch Black. It's a one of a kind color. That's the beauty of OFMP. It allows you creative license. It went on very smoothly with my (affiliate) Cling On brush.
 
In the first coat I added (affiliate) Extra Bond to my newly created Pepper Paint in order to be used as a primer. (I call this side table "Pepper" because plum was my mom's fave color and her nickname was "Pepper.") Extra Bond is environmentally safe and non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, low odor and voc-free.
 
The second coat of paint was just paint, no Extra Bond.
 
I lightly sanded before and after the second coat.
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
If you look closely, you will see variations of the paint color. Since I mixed this Pepper Plum using several colors, there are streaks of those different colors here and there. This is part of why OFMP is so unique. The beauty of the blended colors can't be matched by stock paint.
 
To add dimension, I dry brushed the detailed carvings with buttercream stencil paint from Luxe – a paint I got on clearance at JoAnn's. Using the same color, I stenciled the side of the drawer.
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
With stencils, you can create your own unique combinations to match or coordinate with the details carved into the piece of furniture. I used one large and then added a small one on top of it. Then I sanded it just a bit to distress it. 
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
I chose one similar to the carved details on the table. The picture above is of the first, larger stencil.
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
Here is a mini tutorial on dry brushing:
 

Dry Brushing the Details on Painted Furniture from Val Frania on Vimeo.

 
To finish it off, I used (affiliate) Hope's 100% Tung Oil.
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
Here you can see the difference in how the color reflects differently with the lighting. Brown above, mauvy purple-ish below:
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
You wipe the Tung oil on, wait an hour and wipe off whatever didn't soak in. Wait 12 hours and reapply another coat. Below you can see the paint as a darker brown with just a hint of red.
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
I applied 6 coats of Tung Oil on the top, and three on the rest of the table including the drawer.
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
The new silver knob came from Hobby Lobby. I planned on using the old knob after I cleaned it up, but it turned out to be a bright yellow brass color, which wouldn't go with my white stenciled and dry brushed details.
 
I'll show you the before and after of the knob and how I cleaned it in my next post. It was such an amazing transformation AND a cheap fix.
 
The (affiliate) drawer liner came from Fleet Farm. It only took us 9 stores and 3 hours of running around town to find exactly what I was looking for! It would have been so much easier if we had just ordered from Amazon Prime, but I needed it the day I decided to use it. Last minute decisions always end up costing you.
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP {Love My DIY Home}
 
 
UPDATE: "Pepper" was added to The Red Shed FB store and made her way into her own home just before Christmas along with her sister Sophia – she is a treasure that will live to see another day. Stay tuned for more furniture revivals along with tutorials and tips.
 
Now go out and be AMAZING just like I know you are,
 
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Comments

  1. Val, this table is so beautiful!! I absolutely love the color you created and the way it changes in different lights.  Very inspirational post!

  2. This turned out so beautifully!!

    -Clarissa @ <a href="www.theviewfromhere.is"> The View From Here </a>

  3. I'm loving this piece! Awesome job!

  4. Diana Newberry :

    I am one of those who hate to see old wood pieces painted…. but I have to say this piece is just beautiful… I also love the paint colors and how it changes 

  5. This is stunning!  LOVE how the color turned out!  I'd love to find a table to transform like this<3

    • Thanks, Mary. Look for a table at estate sales – auctions can sometimes bring you some good stuff at good prices if there are people there that don’t know furniture or are flippers who can see potential.

  6. Love this

  7. The table is absolutely beautiful.  OFMP is a wonderful paint and you did an outstanding job.

  8. Loved the table, you are very talented!

  9. This piece really is beautiful. The dry brushing on the details just puts it over the top! 

  10. I love Pepper! It'looks very unique. I love antiques & have dreamed of collecting for years. I am ready to start. This got me excited.

  11. Marqueeta Hartman :

    That is my favorite color.  It is beautiful.  

  12. It's beautiful.  The white adds so much to the piece, really makes the design pop.

  13. Wow, it was so interesting learning the history of this piece. I just love this little table and your transformation is stunning. The color is truly beautiful! Outstanding job! 

  14. rena jacobsen :

    can you help me with my first project at refurbishing a wood side table? i used a spray on stripper and it took most of the paint off but there is residue from it. how do i remove it? thank you. Rena

  15. I love the color you came up with!  Do you think I could mix similar colors in chalk paint and get the color you did, or close to it?  I have a side table that I have had for several years and sanded but couldn't decide on a color.

    • Oma, not sure about that. I’ve never tried mixing chalk paints. The OFMP is pretty unusual – it’s a powder that you mix. You could give it a try. That’s how I came up with mine – just mixed till I saw what I wanted.

  16. Madelyn Keating :

    If hou don't mind, which of the OFMP colors and amounts did you mix to arrive at that beautiful shade

  17. Without a doubt, you have an eye for beauty!! Terrific job!!!!

  18. Love it!  But then again I have a love of little tables!  :-). You did an outstanding job.  Thanks for sharing.  

  19. Wow, that is stunning 

  20. Absolutely spectacular! Decades ago I did refurbish several furniture pieces.  You are once again sparking my interest especailly with the great new OFMP & other products.  Thank you for sharing.

  21. Dolores Reynolds :

    I think it looks gaudy. Should have stopped once you had the original wood finish cleaned up. A formerly beautiful antique turned artsy-fartsy. 

    • Well, we all do enjoy different styles. I love it, as do many. I didn’t like the original look. But it’s ok that you like something different. Thanks for stopping by – please come back again!

  22. I love it!  My name is Pepper so I have a special affinity for it:) beautiful job. 

  23. You did an amazing job with it, Val. Love how it seems to change colors depending on the light, and dry brushing the details make them pop. It is a truly beauty!! Now I have a question, I thought Tung oil was for untreated or unpainted wood so I guess I was wrong… Did you use it to seal/protect it?

     

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  24. I thought tung oil could only be used over raw wood, not painted furniture. 

  25. Sylvia paulin :

    Just a beautiful piece of furniture. Love the way it was painted   gorgeous 

  26. Hi Val, I was so pleased to see this was your gorgeous makeover! I just saw it featured on Cynthia's blog at Clockwork Interiors and had to stop by to take a closer look and pin. Beautiful!

  27. Deloris Woody :

    This piece is just BEAUTIFUL!!! You did an amazing job and with Love!!!

  28. Love this! You did a fabulous job, love the color, very nice detailing. 

  29. Dorothy Minkema :

    Oh MY! This table is absolutely stunning!!! I'm not a huge fan of painting antiques either but this I love! Nice work!

  30. Anne McCollum :

    I'm with you…..  ANY surface can be painted… and what better surface than wood???   my feeling is that you honor old pieces by fixing them up and making them a part of your home..  ANne McCollum

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