Drexel End Table


Drexel Classic Treasury end table circa 1968.

You just can't beat Drexel furniture for quality that lasts. Unfortunately the finish doesn't always stand the test of time though. Life happens and furniture takes a beating. 


Before & During 

This end table is solid but the surface had a lot of scratches. The tapered fluted legs caught my eye, so I snatched it up and brought it home.

Before Drexel end table
Before

This particular end table is the Classic Treasury by Drexel manufactured in 1968. In case you're wondering how I know the year, the date is stamped on the underside of the drawer which is so convenient for determining a time period!

Manufacturer's mark on the underside of the drawer. 583-310-3 End Table Classic Treasury by Drexel. 2-68
Manufacturer's mark on the underside of the drawer.
583-310-3 End Table Classic Treasury by Drexel.
2-68
As I mentioned earlier, the top was scratched. It is a solid wood table with a beautiful wood veneer. I used my orbital sander to smooth out the surface being careful not to sand to deeply into the veneer.

Sanding with an orbital sander.
Sanding with an orbital sander.

The freshly sanded top looked beautiful enough to leave as-is, but it didn't work with my color scheme, so I applied two coats of shellac to the raw wood before painting.

Applying shellac to raw wood before painting.
Applying shellac to raw wood before painting.

I wanted a light and classic look for the end table, so I chose a color scheme of grey and white. I also wanted a blended effect, so I added Paris Grey and Pure White to a container and swirled it to blend. I dipped my brush into the swirled paint and let it blend naturally onto the table.

Paris Grey and Pure White swirled together.
Paris Grey and Pure White swirled together.

After the first coat was dry I dry brushed a darker grey, French Linen, over the base of the end table. 

Dry brushing French Linen.
Dry brush a darker shade to add dimension.
I used French Linen over the Paris Grey / Pure White mixture.

It was a little too dark in spots for my liking, so I dry brushed a little of the grey-white swirl over the French Linen until I got the look I wanted.

Dry brush lighter color over dark.
Dry brush lighter color over dark.

I lightly distressed the edges with 220-grit sandpaper then sealed with soft clear wax. I sealed the top of the end table with General Finishes High Performance Top Coat for extra durability. I wanted to add just a bit more dimension to the color while still keeping it light and fresh, so after I sealed the paint with clear wax, I applied a white glaze. I used a foam brush to apply the glaze and then wiped the excess off with a shop towel.

Applying white glaze over the painted finish.
Applying white glaze over the painted finish.

Here's a side-by-side comparison of the glaze. The left side doesn't have glaze applied yet. The right side is after brushing it on and then wiping it off. More than one coat of glaze can be applied, but I liked the subtle look, so I only applied one coat.

Comparison of before and after white glaze.
Comparison of before and after white glaze.

After


I'll finish today's post with the "after" photos. I'll include the supply list at the end in case you would like to create a similar look for your project. If you would like to see future projects, then be sure to enter your email address in the subscribe button at the top of the screen. Or you can follow me on Facebook. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Drexel Classic Treasury end table painted by The Black Sheep Shoppe
Drexel Classic Treasury end table painted by The Black Sheep Shoppe

Side view of Drexel Classic Treasury end table.
Side view of end table. I love the tapered fluted legs!


Deep drawer for storage.
Deep drawer for storage.

Winter White glaze applied over painted finish.
Winter White glaze applied over painted finish.

Gorgeous details on the drawer knobs!
Gorgeous details on the drawer knobs!

Details on legs.

Drexel end table.
Close up of drawer.

Supply List


Below are the supplies I used for this project. Some links are affiliate links which  means I earn a small commission if you make a purchase. It doesn't cost you extra, but it helps support the time and effort of maintaining the blog. Thank you for your support and understanding!




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