Thursday, June 30, 2011

fun with a table

I told y'all I have a ton of projects to catch up on & I meant it!  I think I might be posting every day this week to get caught up.  This one was a stretch for me (I think there is a BIG difference between being artistic and being creative… I am NOT artistic, but I am creative.  I think to pull off a top like this, you need to be artistic.  Which, might I remind you, I am not.)  But it was fun to try something new, even if it is sweltering hot outside.

This table was a goodwill find and I'm not even going to tell you what I paid for it, because it is almost embarrassing.  They practically gave it to me.  That may have had something to do with the awful table-top these gorgeous legs once held.  At some point (I'm guessing 70's?) someone took the original top (which must have been amazing) and replaced it with this formica beauty.

First thing I did was carry it to the curb.  And someone (not the garbage man!) picked it up, which made me happy.  You know what they say about one man's trash being another's treasure!

Here are the legs...

Here is my husband trying to figure out the best way to attach the base to it's new top.  I painted the base in a creamy off-white (not sure the color, maybe matched heirloom white?  the top of the can is so covered in paint, I don't know anymore!), then added the stained & stenciled top.

Although I am happy with the result, I'm still undecided about the stenciled top.  What do you think?  I sanded through it several times & also put a coat of stain over the paint (Martha Stewart's aegean is the color of the stencil).  The jury is still out for me.  Its certainly different from anything I've ever done, but I think I need to stick to the stuff I know :)

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  1. Can you share how he ended up attaching the base to the top??
    I just purchased a base and then found a top for it last week. Now I'm wondering exactly how to attach them. I'm going to stain the top too, so I can just put a screw in it.
    (The top of my base part looks like yours with the boards sticking up).
    joylizotte @

  2. it looks great! i am with you exactly on the creative/artistic thing! ;)
    and i loooove the base of this table... those details are awesome!

  3. very cute! I think you were perfectly artistic and creative! :)

  4. Beautiful! I know what you mean about the stencil,as gorgeous as it is, maybe you could try one big stencil or keep the one in the middle and not have the 4 little ones. As always love your work!

  5. I agree with Lisa, I love the table but maybe just one KICK ASS stencil in the middle? (Damaskish-y) hehhe..Good job. = )

  6. LOVE the china cabinet w/ the chicken wire!!