Two-tiered end tables and nightstands were all the rage back in the 50s. With a new coat of paint or finish, an old relic like this can become an indispensible piece of furniture. Floral patterns were blocked out over the original wood finish while the whole table was painted white.
The results are earthy-looking flowers on a crisp white palette. The rustic finish is perfect for a family room -- you can put your feet up, spill soda on it, not use your coaster – it doesn’t matter – it'll all add to the natural, rich patina.
In the photo below, you can see the original hardware, and then what the hardware looked like after 3 rounds of brasso AND salt/lemon juice scrubbing.
Old furniture can be purchased very inexpensively and you can create beautiful pieces that look fresh and updated with just a bit of time and creativity.This helpful tutorial from Design*Sponge details how to lightly sand your piece, oil it with Teak Oil, and finish it off with a coat of furniture wax.This method will greatly improve the look of your piece but will require additional maintenance over time.I turned to the furniture-restoration pro Centsational Girl, Kate, and this great article that talked about cleaning up hardware.I practically tried ALL of the methods she recommended, each with varying levels of success.