the No. 26 pair {a real rescue story}

the No. 26 pair {a real rescue story}

pleased to introduce you to the No. 26 pair…
the No. 26 pair

No. 26’s came from humble beginnings. We did not find them as end tables. What we actually found was a very very sad, old dressing table. And I mean it…SAD. The veneer was a mess, the mirror was damaged and missing pieces…..plus, who uses a dressing table anymore? So it was between tossing it to the curb or doing some major reinventing. So, here is what we did {in photos}….

fiveoeight No26 process

They have a bit of a girly side with the pale pink, but I think adding the stain on top of the paint & leaving the drawers just stained helped to give them a good balance.
the No. 26 pair

I have had this hardware for a while and love the vintage feel of the silver…a perfect match for these two…
fiveoeight_No26_3

We thought about keeping these for our master bedroom, but decided to put them in our oh so empty Etsy shop instead for someone new to enjoy! By the end of this week you can go check them out in our store and see if they can find a good home :)

Cheers,
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fiveoeight no. 26 pair of end tables

  • Wow!  These are gorgeous!  Great job!  I actually have a vanity similar to this in the fact that it’s in pretty rough shape.  I’ve been racking my brain on what to do with it and I think this project is perfect inspiration for it!  I love love love it!

    • Thanks! They turned out much better than expected….but we figured it was in such poor shape, we had nothing to loose! Good luck on your vanity, let me know how it turns out…

    • Anonymous

      Thanks! They turned out much bet­ter than expected.…but we fig­ured it was in such poor shape, we had noth­ing to loose! Good luck on your van­ity, let me know how it turns out…

  • jo

    LOVE THESE, how beautiful! Can’t wait to see them on Etsy.

  • absolutely gorgeous!

  • Sierra

    I love the way you reinvented this dressing table! Can I ask what your process is for successfully removing old veneer and reveneering?

    • Thanks! I put wax paper down and then used an old iron to melt the glue holding the veneer…from their it is pretty easy to peel it carefully up! Then you just have to sand, clean and stain!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks! I put wax paper down and then used an old iron to melt the glue
      hold­ing the veneer…from their it is pretty easy to peel it care­fully
      up! Then you just have to sand, clean and stain!

  • Maira

    I just found your blog and already in love with it!!!! Can you tell me which stain did you use for the drawers?

    • fiveoeight

       Thanks! The stain is Minwax, Special Walnut

  • What did you seal this with? So so beautiful!! Love the hardware.Yall clearly put a lot of work into these and it shows!

    • fiveoeight

      I am pretty sure for these it was minwax poly – probably special walnut :) Thanks!

  • Pam Schremp Proctor

    I have a dressing table from grandmother that I want to do this to… how is the best way to get that center section out and still keep the “end table” sections in good shape? What kind of saw or what?

    • Nathan_at_508

      Hi Pam,
      Its hard to say since it changes from piece to piece. Generally speaking I’d recommend sorting out how its actually connected and deconstructing that connection as carefully as possible. This piece we did lent itself to this treatment because each section (the sides and the middle) were generally built as separate parts to begin with. If this isn’t the case with your dressing table it may be too difficult to make it worth your time. I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful, its just difficult to determine how it should be done without examining it myself.