When Cynthia picked up the server above at auction, it was completely covered in that creamy yellow paint; she was so eager to begin the redo, she didn't even take true before pics! Though not a fan of the paint treatment, Cynthia loved the lines of this little server and price tag of $20 was hard to pass up. Deciding to return this piece to its natural state, she got to work stripping and refinishing…
Though Cynthia estimates she spent 25-30 hours on this piece, the end result is certainly worth the investment. The beautiful wood grain of the quarter sawn oak shines though the light stain highlighting the craftsmanship that went into creating this server in the first place. Though painting damaged furniture can be a great way to extend the life of a piece, it is always lovely to see the process reversed and the antique wood grain revealed.
For more pictures of this lovely redo, check out Simply Chic Treasures: Refinished Oak Server.
Images: Cynthia at Simply Chic Treasures.