Looking for furniture updating ideas

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any suggestions you can give would be greatly appreciated. I think I ruined this beautiful piece of furniture. I wanted it to look like the picture next to it, the one you did. Thank you Aggie
q help me fix this up please
q help me fix this up please
q help me fix this up please
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  • Teacup8885 Teacup8885 on Mar 31, 2018
    I think if you maybe take some paint thinner lightly n let it dry or fine sand paper, then gently rinse with a wet cloth after, then found the bright colors u want, then just put it where u want.. would definitely put a protective layer allover after!!

  • Diane Diane on Mar 31, 2018
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  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 31, 2018
    I like the subtlety of what you achieved on that great little table personally over the garish unicorn spit picture. But you could just use a brush and add some brighter highlights on the high points of the design in a couple other colors.

  • AmAtHome AmAtHome on Apr 01, 2018
    I think your piece looks great!

  • Caroline Forwood Caroline Forwood on Apr 01, 2018
    Get the colors you want and use cheesecloth to apply. That's how we used to get the "antique" look!!

  • Melbrooks Melbrooks on Apr 01, 2018
    I like Caroline Forwood's idea. Use cheesecloth and wipe on some colors like antiquing. Then when youre happy with the look, add just a bit of gold for highlights.
    That is a beautiful and unique table!

  • Gol17361021 Gol17361021 on Apr 01, 2018
    Personally I would have left that table the way it was and just oil it. That is a beautiful antique table and very unique. Some pieces you just don't paint it takes away from the value of the piece.

  • Bijous Bijous on Apr 01, 2018
    Hi, sometimes you just need to leave the project alone for a bit, then go back to it with a renewed inspiration. You just haven't built up the colors yet. If you want it more turquoise, keep working at it. Use mineral spirits to thin out the darkness if you want to bring back some of the original finish. Don't give up. Good luck!

  • Judy Judy on Apr 01, 2018
    This is very unique. What ever you decide will be great. I also like the cheese cloth idea. A little at a time. It's beautiful.

  • Linda Roark-Strummer Linda Roark-Strummer on Apr 01, 2018
    I'd rub the ridges and edges (high spots) with a gold or silver paint. I think that would make things pop more. Otherwise, I think you have done a pretty good job.

  • Aar32512593 Aar32512593 on Apr 01, 2018
    I’d find a mid to dark green spray paint, hit the entire piece and let cure. Then I’d get a bright green or other bright color and brush it on. Before it fully cures but is dry to the touch, use a damp rag to wipe away the new layer on the detailed spots of the piece. If you still feel like you want some bare wood to show, lightly sand the edges until the desired amount of wood is exposed

  • Missy Burch Missy Burch on Apr 02, 2018
    You didn't ruin it. You can totally keep layering paint on this & make it look amazing! that is a unique piece & so worth saving. Do not give up on it!

  • It is pretty dark but its beautiful. Personally I like the darker look to that piece, it's got a real gothic feel to it. I absolutely love it

  • Ana Bacallao Ana Bacallao on Apr 02, 2018
    Don't beat yourself up, you didn't ruin it. Try to follow some of the instructions here to apply color highlights and then some gold touches and your unique table will be a showpiece.

  • Itsmemic Itsmemic on Apr 03, 2018
    hahaha...how many times I've said that !! Let it rest...don't look at it. Then come back with a fresh look. I'd just keep layering till the right color pops in your head. It will. !! And if not? Spray that sucker again and start over...been there done that too !!

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Apr 03, 2018
    You did not ruin it - this looks like Unicorn Spit paint and it requires multiple layers - just keep going with more layers in a brighter color.

  • Pat Pat on Nov 27, 2020

    Your table was beautiful the way it was, Can you tell me where it is made? I've lived in Central America and have some locally made pieces of furniture and I do love them. Yours is very unique.