18th century oak farmhouse table
A marriage of two tables. The top c.1800 and a slightly earlier base c.1760-1780
When this table arrived, it was dull. Brown and no depth to its colour. On closer inspection, you could also see layers of dirt and grime which certainly struggled to give it any kerb appeal.
Sacrilege to a table of this age, big old flathead screws were used to hold the top in place.
The two options were to either ‘tidy’ it up or to give it some tlc. I believe it deserved to be here for another 200 years so took the latter option.
Hours of deep cleaning and stripping the boring brown finish, it was really beginning to come together. I chose not to get too aggressive with stripping the table as I was afraid it would lose its identity and become just ‘another oak table’.
The elephant in the room though were those nasty screws which really took away any wow factor no matter how rusty they were.
Tables of this age were traditionally peg jointed so to keep it as traditional and authentic as possible, we bought some oak dowel to reattach the tabletop.
Never entirely pleased with my own work, I hope I have achieved what I set out to do. Bring a tired, uninspiring table into the 21st century aesthetically
One could say a marriage made in heaven