Antique Soda Fountain Parlor Set Reclaimed by SK Sartell
The rust and neglect have scoured the metal finish and I am finding it difficult to sand away the pock marks left from rust.
You can read the owners account and astounding history of these chairs and the table linked below.
http://www.liquidwrench.com/ penetrating oil.
Perfect circles are tough. So it is what it is. I taped off around the circumference of the circles edge. Drawing a circle with a small tack centered in the table as a guide. I tie a string on the tack and a pencil on the end of the length of the string. Pulling the string tight I am able to make a circular drawing on the tape. I then use a razor knife and cut the tape on the line. Removing the outside of the tape gives me a stencil for a border.
The red borders are several coats of different reds with crackle medium in between coats of paint. This makes the surface look like old leather.
After the letters and paint are dry, I antique the entire top of the table and chair seats with a chocolate glaze and then gently rub off. Leaving just a hint of old around the edges.
I finish with several coats of clear marine varnish.
Thanks for visiting. sk
Cathie on Mar 14, 2020
Amazing! I was just thinking of refinishing the two chairs I have. No idea they are so old. Going to pair them with a 1930-40 kitchen table that has built in hidden extensions. Got all 3 for $75, twenty five years ago. What a bargain.
Thanks for showing what can be done to give old items new life.