Friday, May 27, 2011

country ~ a long time gone

This table was Country with a capital "C" when I found it.  It was so fresh on the floor of the local Goodwill, the staff had barely had time to walk away after placing it when I called them back to carry it out!

I struggled with what to do with it… the whole thing is solid wood, with the exception of the trim around the table top.  It is laminate, or resin, or something.  I thought about stripping & staining the top, but wondered if it would look weird because the whole top wouldn't be the same?

Here are the before shots…

Do you see the detail on the trim?  They are HEARTS.  Oh my early 90's, country style goodness.  My goal was to make the hearts disappear.

Somehow, I got no 'during' pictures.  So, here you go…

The first picture is without the two huge leaves.  The rest of the pictures, I believe, include the leaves.

I painted the whole piece in Paris Gray chalk paint (after doing 4 pieces in in, I'm about to have to order more.  It lasts a long time.)  Then I distressed only the legs & trim (I left the top untouched) and added some clear & dark wax.

I really, really love it.  It might have to live here for a while before I sell it!

If you look closely, you can still see the hearts.  But I took a poll of family & neighbors, and no one noticed the hearts until I pointed them out!


thanks for stopping by!

linking to these great parties:
Redoux's Friday Redoux
Restore Interiors Restored It Wednesday
Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
My repurposed Life's Catch as Catch Can
Primitive & Proper's Piece of Work Wednesdays


  1. I love this table, you really did a great job. I dont think the hearts are at all noticeable. Beautiful work as always!

  2. Oh my early 90's goodness, LOL!! The hearts have successfully disappeared! You work magic girl!
    Looks beautiful.


  3. What a unique table and such a pretty new look! Do you use the special brush for the wax? And if so, how do you clean it?

  4. LOL- I remember when there were country hearts on EVERYTHING..and now they are in every GoodWill across the country.

    Nice job on the table. I have to get my chalk paint ordered when I am done working this weekend. I can't wait to try it.

    Have a wonderful Memorial Day Holiday! Hugs-Diana

  5. We have that exact table. It isn't from the 90's - my mother-in-law bought it in the early 1970's. She handed it down to us in 1976 when she downsized. I love the leaves and the ability to grow the table. Thanks for giving me the idea on how to "refresh" my table. Your legs look like they are on the wrong ends - ours curve in - so that who ever is sitting there has room for their legs. Great redo!!