Our good friend Frank asked me to restore this French Providential end table. This table had been painted white (not by Frank). White paint is really hard to remove from wood because it seeps deep into the grain. It can be a tedious process getting the paint off. I thought that this would be a great piece for Mel to cut her restoring teeth on. With my supervision Mel started the restoration. Though I know this is not the sort of furniture I normally write about I wanted to showcase the great job Mel did. The first thing she did was apply stripper to remove the white paint. This stuff can be pretty nasty so use gloves to prevent a chemical burn. After you get a majority of the paint off then you must start to sand the surface to even out the finish. Keep in mind that white paint gets into every crevice and takes a ridiculous amount of time to remove. Mel had to use a lot of tools to get all the paint off. We then oiled the Mahogany veneer really well and let it sit for a day. The next step was to apply the polyurethane. Once it dried it was time again for the car wax and 0000 steel wool. I think the final product speaks for itself. If Mel keeps this up she will need to get her own blog and move out of the house. In the famous words of the movie Highlander, “There can only be one…..”. J/K, it was a blast working together on this piece. She did such a great job that we’ll continue restoring pieces together so she can learn about other techniques for different mediums like metal, plastic, etc. I hope Frank is as happy with the way this table turned out as I am.