Pepper - An Empire Case Goods Co. Antique
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...
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 and Hope's 100% Tung Oil.
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- Old Fashioned Milk Paint - Salem Red, Oyster White, Snow White, Driftwood, and Pitch Black (to create the Pepper Plum color)
- White acrylic paint (stencil paint)
- Brushes: Cling On brush, stencil brush
- Adhesion help: Extra Bond
- Protection: Hope's 100% Tung Oil
- Drawer Liner: Non-adhesive Taupe
- Sander, sandpaper
- Awesome spray and a green scrubbie (look for these at your Dollar store)
- Denatured alcohol
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 because 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.
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.
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 Cling On brush.
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.
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.
To finish it off, I used (affiliate)Hope's 100% Tung Oil. You wipe the Tung oil on, wait an hour and wipe off whatever didn't soak in. Wait 12 hours and re-apply another coat. Below you can see the paint as a darker brown with just a hint of red.
I applied 6 coats of Tung Oil on the top, and three on the rest of the table including the drawer.
Here you can see the difference in how the color reflects differently with the lighting. Brown above, mauvy purple-ish below:
A Mini Dry Brushing Tutorial
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.
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.
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. Honestly, it as very hard to let her go!
Thanks for visiting and letting me show you Pepper. I named her that after my mother who loved the color plum. DH used to tease her and call her favorite color "purple" and she always corrected him by saying. "It's plum, not purple." It's still a family joke to this day even though mom's been gone for several years.
There are days I'd wished I kept this piece since it reminds me so much of Mom.
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73 thoughts on “Antique Side Table Updated with OFMP – An Empire Case Goods Co. Antique”
Val, this table is so beautiful!! I absolutely love the color you created and the way it changes in different lights. Very inspirational post!
Thanks, Catherine. I’m really loving this paint!
What a gorgeous table you have created! All this piece needed was a little love and attention. It’s completely transformed. I love the stencil aspect on the side drawers—so pretty! Beautiful color; and I love how you honored your mom’s favorite color and her nickname. ?
This turned out so beautifully!!
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I'm loving this piece! Awesome job!
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
Thanks, Diana. It’s one of my faves.
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.
The table is absolutely beautiful. OFMP is a wonderful paint and you did an outstanding job.
Thanks, I really love the paint!
Loved the table, you are very talented!
Thanks so much, Trisha.
This piece really is beautiful. The dry brushing on the details just puts it over the top!
Thanks, Sandy. This piece has amazing detail – I think it may have been hand carved.
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.
Thanks, Diane. It’s fun to look for special pieces of furniture and making them live again.
That is my favorite color. It is beautiful.
It's beautiful. The white adds so much to the piece, really makes the design pop.
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!
Thanks so much, Carolann. I’m glad you clicked over. I love the history end of things.
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
I have never used spray stripper but I’d try cleaning it off with a rag and water. If that doesn’t work, try mineral spirits. You definitely need to get it all off. Be very careful , most strippers are strong chemicals and flammable. Be sure to wear a mask and protective gloves.
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.
If hou don't mind, which of the OFMP colors and amounts did you mix to arrive at that beautiful shade
Madelyn, 6T Driftwood, 3T Salem Red, 3T Pitch black, 1T Snow white 1T Oyster White. I just kept mixing until I liked what an saw. 🙂
Without a doubt, you have an eye for beauty!! Terrific job!!!!
Love it! But then again I have a love of little tables! :-). You did an outstanding job. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Naomie. I love little tables too – especially ones with great detail.
Wow, that is stunning
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.
Great – you should get back into it!
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!
I love it! My name is Pepper so I have a special affinity for it:) beautiful job.
It’s got your name on it!
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?
Thanks! Yes, I used it to seal/protect it. It’s easy to work with, smells amazing and has a great sheen. It works well with milk paint.
I thought tung oil could only be used over raw wood, not painted furniture.
It works great on Old Fashioned Milk Paint. OFMP is made of all natural ingredients.
Just a beautiful piece of furniture. Love the way it was painted gorgeous
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!
This piece is just BEAUTIFUL!!! You did an amazing job and with Love!!!
Love this! You did a fabulous job, love the color, very nice detailing.
Oh MY! This table is absolutely stunning!!! I'm not a huge fan of painting antiques either but this I love! Nice work!
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
True that, Anne. Thanks.
Your workmanship is exceptional, the color amazing. I’m in awe. I agree, paint or not to paint is a very individual choice and either can be lovely
Thanks, Lynette. I do believe we need to choose appropriate designs for each piece and do it justice. I think a lot of the controversy stems from poor paint jobs. Hence, my desire to teach proper furniture redesign.
I love Pepper. I guess older I get the older my pieces get.You did a great job. Beautiful Pepper
Wow how awesome! Love what you did to that table! It was a surprise to know it is from Jamestown NY because I am only an hour away!
Thanks. I like knowing the origin of my pieces. Their history makes them more interesting.
I’m seeing this years later, lol. Your floors are simply stunning. What are they?
What you are seeing is tongue and groove flooring from Home Depot that we stained just for staging my furniture. It’s about 8×12.
I have been an old house fixer upper for many years as well as an antique restorer/refinisher. At this stage of life I now firmly believe that not all old houses should be treated as “museums” and that an old piece of furniture should have the right to a new life. Otherwise they just become “junk” sitting in resale shops.
Kudos to those who have a good eye and the time & talent to give new life to so many things!