I have no "before" photos of this piece. It was all cream color with gold leaf details and speckly bits throughout.
I fell in love with this table when I first saw it at my mother-in-law's house. Eventually she stopped using it and put it in her basement. After a couple years, she asked me if I'd like it. Um, yes please!
I didn't want to to a completely different look on this piece, but I did want to update it and see what was underneath that paint. I started by stripping the top. It was really pretty! But unfortunately the veneer was damaged...
Maybe some day I'll replace the veneer, but till then, the wood was still nice enough for me to leave it exposed.
The rest of the table wasn't as nice as the top veneer, so I just painted the entire thing in Annie Sloan Old Ochre and did some distressing. Again, I avoided the dark wax because it still scares me. I stained the top with a charcoal stain. It's subtle, but cooled down the color.
This piece is still a favorite of mine. I just love the shape. It makes a great table for behind the couch and sits nicely between my two extra dining chairs.