Asked on Nov 04, 2015

1960's oak coffee and commode tables conundrum

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Help! My husband has 3 commode tables and one coffee table he purchased in the 60's from a furniture manufacturing company his father worked for. They are solid oak with parquet, damaged tops. I hate them, but they remind him of his father. Any ideas I can present to him?
q 1960 s oak coffee and commode tables conundrum, painted furniture, woodworking projects
q 1960 s oak coffee and commode tables conundrum, painted furniture, woodworking projects
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 04, 2015
    You can restain them a different color for a up to date look.

  • Dyana Elkins Dyana Elkins on Nov 04, 2015
    Maybe take the parquet veneer off. Line the three up and attach the coffee table to the top. Restain or paint all. New entertainment stand :)

  • Z Z on Nov 04, 2015
    I'd use a furniture refinisher on them to repair the finish. Restor-A-Finish is available at HoDe. Buy the color that closely matches the current color. If you want to change the color, then I'd suggest Formby's or another brand that doesn't have color in it so you can add your own stain color. You can not use R-A-F to change the color as it will only streak. Somethings are better left as close to the original as possible when sentiment is involved. If your hubby has his own room in the home, say his den or home office, put them in there where he can enjoy them and the memories they bring to mind. I find that showing your love in this way, is good for a marriage or any relationship, and well worth seeing things that aren't so pleasing to your eyes. We all have things that bring us joy that others don't understand.

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    • Z Z on Nov 05, 2015
      @Thank you Debbie. It's been rough knowing there will be no more three hour phone calls with her. No more surprising her for her birthday. I drove across the state of Iowa in late September to surprise her on her birthday. I will always cherish the look on her face when she saw me at her door. I'd called when I arrived in front of her home, carefully walking to the door, wishing her a happy birthday. When I got to the porch I told her I'd love to see her today. She said she'd love to see me too. I told her to look out her door. We had a great few days together. Less than three weeks after I left, she passed. Cancer sucks. She was only 61.

  • The Redesign Habit The Redesign Habit on Nov 04, 2015
    If you want them to look completely different than they do in their original state, you could gently sand the top to help repair the damage and then use a nice chalk paint on them,gently sand some of the edges to give them a nice worn look and change out the hardware to something more contemporary. I think they could be really nice pieces with a little TLC! good luck...

  • We have a few sentimental pieces that we've kept, but changed them here and there. They still carry the pleasant memories, but are updated for our purposes. Just a quick idea to either rule out or consider...

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Nov 05, 2015
    Like what EmDirr did to her table. Maybe he would go for this idea. At least it's only 3 pieces. Friend's husband refused to give up a dining set with 12 chairs. Not really good wood, not really Gothic. Just horrendously ugly.