Maggie – The Writing Table

I wanted to use this cute little table as a vintage writing table in a cozy corner of my office.  A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far, away, it was once a drop-leaf dining table, used for our family dinners when I was a kid.  Somehow it followed me throughout my life like so many other pieces of furniture in my home.  If you haven’t guessed by now, I am the good-will drop off center for my family’s old furniture!  I always have room for hand-me-downs! 😊

I removed the table leaves and will use them on future projects.  I don’t have a picture of it in its original finish but I had it painted in this grey color and was using it next to my old desk.  Here it is ready to be stripped.

After stripping and sanding I still had some old water stains on the top that I couldn’t get rid of.  I really wanted to have a natural wood finish on the table top and a painted bottom but with those stains, it just wouldn’t have looked good.  I decided to put an antiquing stain on the top and then drybrush some White Linen over that.  It hid the water stains and I still got to feel like I had the stained top!  The base and legs of the table are painted in White Linen.  I also decided to add an inspirational quote that seemed perfect for a writing table!

I used a kind of old school method to apply the quote by creating a word document using a fancy font.  I printed it out on legal size paper, taped a piece of carbon paper to the back and taped it onto the table.  I traced around the font with a pencil, leaving an outline of the font on the table.  After removing the paper I used a paint marker to fill in the font on the tabletop.  I lightly sanded the entire tabletop, including the quote, to give it an aged look.  Then I finished the whole table with a matte sealer.


Products used:

  • Citristrip paint stripper
  • Sandpaper fine grit
  • Rustoleum White Linen
  • Rustoleum Clear Matte Sealer
  • Waverly Antiquing Wax
  • Painters opaque paint marker in Black (medium point)
  • October Moon Font


I use the vintage typewriter as a prop in photos and I would love to leave it out on my little writing table but the darn thing stinks like an old antique so bad I can’t stand it, it smells the whole room up!  Anybody have any ideas on how to get rid of that odor?  Let me know what you think of Maggie and any suggestions on getting rid of antique stink on my typewriter! 😄   Thanks for stopping by!

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