Thursday, June 23, 2011

French Provincial Parquetry Dining Table

When I bought the chairs for my dining room, I actually bought a dining set of a french parquetry table and 6 chairs. I only wanted to keep the chairs so I decided to sell the table. The table surface was extremely damaged which doesn't really show up in the photos but it had coloured marks, scratches, water damage etc from a life of use. I wasn't happy to sell the table in it's damaged state so set to work......and work (and work and work) I did.

A week and a half later here it is ready for sale in my booth.
and close ups although these make it seem a bit darker/redder than it actually is.  I stripped and sanded it right back to the bare wood then gave it 2 coats of walnut stain and then varnished it. I decided to use varnish as wax just wouldn't cut it for a dining table. I didn't want heat or water to mark it (which it will with wax).  I actually did the whole process twice as I wasn't happy with it first time around as the stain had gone on a bit patchy. After doing everything a second time it's perfect. I'm beyond happy with the finish.

Gorgeous scrolly feet
The sweetest carved apron
and a beautiful parquetry surface. What more could you ask for?

Here is a midway shot showing how the stain didn't go on nicely the first time around. It's a bit marked in the middle. I'm not sure if you can notice but I thought it was worthwhile spending a couple more days on to get it perfect.
and once again in my booth

Full before shots:
So what do you all think? If you weren't perfectly happy with a finish would you go back to square one?

cheers Fiona

PS forgot to say the guy I bought this from said his parents had been using it recently as a table in their laundry to stack stuff on. No wonder it was in bad condition.


  1. Fiona, I love the table, glad you're fussy ( it's worth it) Completely distracted by that blue filing cabinet / chest of drawers xx Ava

  2. Oh wow, you did such a great job, its beautiful!

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  4. That is stunning. Your second wind was worth it. You must have soooo much patience! :)

  5. wow- i have never seen a table top like that! it is just stunning! you did it some justice! :)

  6. Beautiful table top and what a great transformation!!

    Happy to have found you

    janet xox

  7. Holy COW! This is gorgeous!!! I of all people know that this took some time...and beautiful! Thanks for linking up to the All Things Furniture Party!

  8. Wowie-kazowie! You must have the patience of a saint! What a lovely table I'm sure this table will find a home soon.

  9. You did a wonderful job, the table looks great, love the details. Thanks for stopping by and sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

  10. That table turned out beautifully! Good idea to do it again to get it right, great call. It is so gorgeous.


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