Monday, April 8, 2013

PAALMAN TEA CART AND TILT TABLE for "Friends Sharing Tea"


I have showed this tea cart on my blog numerous times and even out in  the garden for "Tea In The Garden".  These Paalman Tea Carts were mass produced in Grand Rapids Michigan and have a little drawer underneath that is lined in felt.  I believe this piece is walnut and it is well built.  I have seen a number of these in antique malls.  Here it is in it's new Shabby Chic look:








You can also see a little Victorian Plant  
stand to the left that we did!


Tip Time:  I want to warn you about something.    When we were doing this tea cart we forgot to wash it down first and let me remind you - always wash down the piece  and if your rag has tons of red  on it and it keeps coming - you need to sand away and give it two coats of shellac. Often, dealers will use heavy Old English or worse yet,  one of those wax touch up sticks on dark pieces trying to cover "issues" and that stuff needs to come off.  This was a case of  "I thought you washed it and you thought I washed it"!  










Mahogany tip:   At the same time we were also doing this small oval table mahogany piece which was also challenging.  In fact, I thought it would never quit bleeding red.  This is the small oval tilt top table I often use in photos here by the window.   Next time I will automatically shellac (with 2 coats) any mahogany piece after washing it down and before we start painting.  The underbelly which wasn't sanded as much, still had a pink cast coming through so we just painted this entire piece with Cece Caldwell's Portland Rose like the kitchen buffet - a very light pink. 








We feel like Tom Branson in Downton Abbey when 
he said to Edith "I've been on a bit of a learning curve".


Regarding going shabby chic on mahogany:

I found this site very helpful: here and this!  

I hope you will join in the fun today by linking anything about TEA since this is "Friends Sharing Tea" and please include a link to my post on your post as well. 



 I will also be joining some blogging friends as well:

32 comments:

LELO said...

The pink and white teapot are so beautiful! You have a great taste on tablescaping... :D

Thanks for sharing those cute images with us!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Your tea cart is adorable and so sweet..you need not warn me of anything! I love it with the beautiful tea china too. The small round mahogany table is lovely too, but the china on it..SWOONnnn.. Thank you for hosting. Have a nice week.
FABBY

Lavender Cottage said...

Bernideen, the tea cart turned out really nice. I suppose you feel like you've just bought a bunch of new furniture.
Judith

kitty said...

I love the tea cart all painted, Bernideen. Thanks for the tips. My tea cart is very similar, but it hasn't been painted. I love your pretty tea service. Thank you for hosting!

NanaDiana said...

Thanks for that tip, Bernideen. I wonder if a primer like Kilz or Binz would work as well as the shellac? I have a tea cart waiting for me to paint it but I think it is maple. This one has a pull out "shelf" in it that acts as a serving tray. I really need to get at it- xo Diana

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

You know, Bernideen, the first time I saw your tea cart, I drooled over it but thought to myself, would it ever be pretty painted white. It looks lovely with your tea things on top; good job!
Talk about shelac problems...! When I painted my walnut coffee table, I had to prime it twice {after sanding of course} and paint it four times! The bleeding just wouldn't let up. This was before I heard about milk paint. I'm so happy with it white though and I think it was well worth the work.
Thanks for sharing and joining me for tea. You will soon have a house full of new furniture, and doesn't it feel good!

Blessings,
Sandi

Antiques And Teacups said...

It turned out beautifully Bernideen! Lovely! I love the softness of the white, and it certainly is a painterly backdrop tot he china. I love it! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea and for hosting. I love sharing tea with you my dear friend!
Ruth

Marilyn said...

I know exactly what you mean about the learning curve. Half of my kitchen cabinets need to be repainted this summer. This is the half that I used AS chalk paint over the oak cabinets. :(. The other section I used the shellac and two coats of primer, THEN the high gloss enamel. Didn't need to seal them and they are so nice! And no ugly tannin showing through to turn them yellow.

Your furniture is giving me ideas for my soon to be "free" time! I like how fresh it all looks with all your lovelies!♥♫

Tea Time Designs said...

Walnut and Mahogany are beautiful woods and all of your furniture is beautiful. It takes great courage to change everything to Shabby Chic. I admire you for it. But then I love Shabby Chic too.

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Your furniture looks great Bernideen and thank you for the tip. After seeing your beautiful transformation, I'm considering painting my mahogany china cabinet and a dry sink.
~Clara

Sarah said...

Bernideen, I remember my attempt to refinish pieces that were done in an original ebony finish. Same kind of issues. The chair I was working on kept oozing black. What a mess! Looks like your pieces turned out beautifully. '-)

Terri said...

Your living area is very lovely. This tea cart really look beautiful, especially in your setting. It looks perfect with the beautiful tea things on it. And your mahogany table turned out well too! What a sweet table setting by the window!
Hugs,
Terri

Deb said...

Your tea-cart is gorgeous, Bernideen. I love it white. I have yet to find one for myself but it's on my wish list. Your china is all so pretty and I can just imagine how nice it is to sit by that window and have your tea, alone or with a friend. It looks like a perfect spot. Hugs, Deb

Betty Stapleton said...

Loving the new colours, I did a tea wagon last year that I bought for a dollar at a yard sale, in fact I put it in the car and tried to pay the guy and he said no you can have it free. Took it home and started painting it and the big wheels are plastic and one is cracked. Made my own chalk paint and what a waste of time and energy. But I am loving your shades. Never heard about the mahogany before, but I think it adds to it, sure enjoying it. Think I told you last week that I have done five pieces last summer and will do more as soon as we get some warm weather. IF. God bless...

Micupoftea~ said...

Look at you going all shabby chic and doing it so well! Wow, lovely! Your projects turned out great. Nice pics. Thanks for hosting, Bernideen. Happy Tuesday :0
Shawn

Martha said...

I like your new look! And that tea table is amazing and yes, I think EVERYONE had one in the 40s for there are tons out there! But yours looks so fresh and new!

Veronica Roth said...

HI Bernideen, you know, I've always wanted a tea cart. It's so romantic in that proper Victorian way. Yours is absolutely lovely all set with pink sparkliness. I love the way you continue to shabby chic up your furniture. :) Hope you have a lovely week ahead. Hugs.

Joy said...

Your tea-cart wears its new white color quite well! It looks darling as does the table - I love the pink! And they are set off so beautifully by the pretty china that graces them. It's all lovely.

Snap said...

I love the tea cart (and the china) and your oval table (and china) -- such pretty vignettes with the wonderful linens. I adore embroidered linens. Love all your shabby chic. Happy Tea Day!

Beth said...

I have enjoyed seeing your shabby chic re-dos. I like the pale pink and the white. You also have beautiful china.

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

ooo luv painted pieces - adds liteness to heavy antique pieces I find..
and the lovely tea settings have me imagining all kinds of teatime FuN!

THANKS for sharing with us!

Mardell Grayhek said...

What a great tea cart. You did well. I could definitely enjoy a cup of tea with you in such a lovely setting.

Marilyn said...

My goodness your house is going to look so fresh and clean. Thanks for the mahogany tip. Now if I could get my husband convinced.

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Bernideen,
Your tea cart is just perfect! Love all the soft Shabby Chic changes - I do appreciate you hosting and sharing,
Kathy

Laurie said...

Living in Michigan it would seem easy to find one of these tea carts!!Yours is so beautiful, and what I'd give for that table cloth!!

Johanna said...

Hi Bernideen,
its amazing how your furniture turn into this beautiful shabby white interior. How difficult to get this look. But it makes a wonderful background for your pretty china. I so enjoyed the rose tea set on your table and cart. Thank you for sharing your skills and treasures, the helpful informations and for hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna

KathyB. said...

You are sure getting a lot done in refinishing and redecorating. Thank-you for sharing your tips, thus allowing us to see your mistakes and learn from them! I am glad your finished projects are so pleasing. A happy ending to one decorating project leading you into the next.

As far as "learning curves", I think my life is all about learning curves.

I am sorry I am late to tea, been away visiting grandkids and their parents! Thanks again for hosting tis tea time.

Angela McRae said...

Oh, Bernideen, I just love the facelift you gave to your tea cart! When the "new" (to me) wears off from this Christmas gift, I now know which direction to head. Thank you so much for adding the tips regarding painting. I'm a slouch when it comes to crafts, always trying the cheap/slacker approach, so it's very helpful to hear that I need to plan to do this right, ha!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Love, love your tea cart and wish I could find one!!! Also your table cloth and lace on the round table is gorgeous not to mention all your pretty tea cups and tea pots! Nancy http://cozythymeblog.blogspot.com/

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I am running late this week due to computer problems. So glad I got to stop by and see the beautiful room you have. Love the tea cart. Great job. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Jann Olson said...

Great tips Bernideen. I think we are all on a bit of a learning curve. I haven't painted on anything mahogany yet. Love how your lightened things up. You and hubby have been so very busy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Your tea cart is so pretty. Everything is so stunning. I am swooning over the china :-)

Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/