New Lantern Calls for a New Centerpiece

4.29.2016

After making over the lantern that hangs over the breakfast room table I had to update the centerpiece on the table, right? After all it had been the same for a couple months so it was time. wink


I just grabbed things that were stored away and put this together.

I used all things French country like this ceramic cow. I remember seeing so many pastures filled with cows when I was in France.

The old copper measuring cups and olive jar all fit well on the worn pedestal.

I placed a vintage grain sack underneath.

I am seriously contemplating working on the finish of this very old French farm table. This is the way it was when I bought it, but whenever I clean it good an orange film always comes off on my rag. Mr. Savvy says it's fine. Whoever refinished this used some kind of orange colored stain.
Not sure if I want to tackle it or not.

Anyone have some good tips on refinishing cherry?

Have a great weekend!

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23 comments:

  1. Beautiful centerpiece....I love the finish of the table, but understand if it gets to the point of requiring refinishing...Have a great weekend!

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  2. My kitchen table has that same sort of color and I have been thinking of refinishing it. But seeing yours that is so pretty I may leave mine alone. You could poly coat the top to make it more durable. I did that. Sheila

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  3. Well I sure love your table, and your new updates look lovely as always:) About your table: There's a couple different things that are going through my head. First, try to clean underneath (the bottom of your table top). Use whatever you used for the top. If you are still getting the same orange color, it's the wood. I know your saying it's cherry, but you never know. If the bottom is producing the same color, then maybe it's not cherry. It's very possible that some other species of wood might have been used that we are not familiar with.
    At first, I thought "orange shellac". Which was a very common way to refinish furniture years ago. However, using that shouldn't produce any type of color when you wash it.
    It could be chemical. Maybe it's something that your cleaning it with? Judging by the legs, it looks as if you have some type of finish on your table. I will say this, I'm assuming you paid a mint for this piece; which means you should probably leave it alone. However, knowing that eventually you might just "go for it", I wouldn't buy anything from a DIY store!!!
    I would either contact a high-end antique dealer, or possibly a company that does nothing but restore high-end antiques, or you could start with a company like the furniture connoisseur. They have some AMAZING furniture refinishing products that can help restore priceless antiques! Hope this helped a little:) Have a great day, Kim!

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    1. Thanks, Cindy for the info. I just use a damp rag on it. No cleaner. Every time I wipe it there is an orange color on the rag. I paid a lot less for it over there than I would have in the states. :)

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  4. The same thing happens to me when I clean my table, the orange color gets on my rag! I have always wondered why too and have thought about putting something on it to seal it but am not sure if I should. I love your table. Where did you find that pedestal?? I love it and wish I could find one! Gorgeous olive jar too. Have a great weekend.

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  5. Hi Kim - because this table has so many different shades in the wood it beautifully complements all that you have going on - the new soft gold on the chandelier, the copper, the wood pieces on the wall and your beautiful hardwood floors. It's like a symphony - I would not touch it except with your damp rag from time to time!! It's gorgeous as is!

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    1. Thanks Theresa. It would be much easier to leave it alone.

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  6. Gorgeous table! I love the centre piece and especially the cow!!! So fun! ;)

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  7. Love it Kim! You always do such a beautiful job! I especially love the pedestal piece that everything is on. Where did you find that?

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    1. Suzanne, it was a gift and I painted it. I see them fairly often in antique malls or fairs. Thanks

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  8. Nice metallic touches, from the lantern to the table to the molds on the wall.

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  9. Please, please, please keep the table as is...... It is stunning! It works well with all your different stylings... AND..... for the ladies asking for the pedestal on your table, I recently purchased two on Magnolia Farms Website. They sell out quickly but have come back into stock.. I enjoy your blog everyday Kim!!

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    1. Stacy, I'm not talking about changing it except to a stain that doesn't wipe off orange all the time. Thanks

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  10. Kim, I agree with the other posters. The table looks great as is!

    How do you transport the large pieces of furniture that you bring back from France? Thanks!

    Janice, your "neighbor" in East Cobb

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    1. Janice, I've only been the one time. All my stuff along with another person's had to ship by container. It took several months to get the stuff and cost a mere fortune!!

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  11. I am swooning over that pedestal...so great!!

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  12. Hi Kim, I love the centerpiece and your dining area is great.

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  13. Kim, your vignette is a perfect touch under your newly restyled chandy. I love the wall of bread boards and copper. Always have! As for the table, perhaps you could try waxing it with a clear Briwax and see if that helps to seal the stain.
    Happy Weekend!

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  14. Maybe you could sand lightly and use hemp oil. I am not really fond of wood if it's too "orangey". Your table is beautiful, however. I was just thinking of options. My table is showing a lot of scratches and I am thinking of light sanding and a waxing.

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  15. I love your pedestal and wondered where you found it? Perhaps I should check out more antique shops. You vignette is lovely and I have been following you on instagram.

    Carolyn/A Southerner's Notebook

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  16. HI Kim, that table and lantern stands alone, it needs nothing at all, yet what ever you center piece here will be an awwww! moment.

    Beautiful French Farmhouse. Euro brocante.
    Xx
    Dore

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  17. I have no clue about the table, but your cow is adorable!

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  18. I love the table Kim! And the centerpiece is great. Especially loving that pedestal - and the adorable little cow!! So cute....

    Sheila
    www.maisondecinq.blogspot.com

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