Thursday, April 21, 2011

For the love of tables...


I have many of which is for the look of a dark-stained table top paired with a creamy distressed base! I just can't get enough of it.

I saw this table on several weeks ago. The price? $10. I usually think about an ad for a day or so before I call on it--not this time. I made an appointment to go get it, but actually had to go back twice because the seller slept through his doorbell! It is a 4-foot round table, plus an 18" leaf.

The table was old--truly old, not just a reproduction. I didn't care.
A dog had chewed on the feet. I didn't care.
One side of the table wanted to lift completely off the base. I didn't care.

Did I mention it was $10?

Later I found out why it was $10...but I still didn't care (much).

In addition to needing screws to re-attach the top to the base, I also had to use my Dremel to sand down the apron so the table top could meet without a 1/2" gap. Yep, the apron was wider than the table top. Not sure how they managed that. Then I think the leaf was added at a later date, and whoever put it in didn't think the leaf should ever come out. I had to have a friend (a braver friend than I) cut a chunk of wood off of one of the sliders underneath so it could close all the way back down. It was an adventure!

But in the end...

I stained the top with a layer of Antique Walnut and a layer of English Chestnut stains this time. I love the combination. The bottom is painted "Creamy" by Sherwin Williams, and I used the English Chestnut stain for the glaze.

I don't have "before" pictures of my chairs. I was too busy getting this set ready for the Spring Market! I had two of this style of chairs; they are surprisingly comfortable! I paid $5 for both of them at DI!

And then two of this style of chairs ($5 each from a good friend), which I got the day before the Market. I finished them up with a coat of Minwax Polycrylic literally an hour before I got in the car to go!

I don't have a really good beauty shot, I'm afraid. Just too much "rushing" to get pictures at all before the Market opened!

So please ignore the finishing wax on top of the table!

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Full Circle Creations said...

I love how the table turned out! It looks amazing. Now the question is, did you sell it? The chairs look great too. Great job!


wisp said...

I love the dark table top with white base and I didn't even realize it until now! Your blog is giving furniture stores around here something to live up to. xD I love what you did! Worth all the work!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love it! Great job on it. Thanks for stopping by...I'm now a follower:)

The Starr Family said...

I have a very similar table... care to scoot over to Ohio and replicate your design :) Beautiful!

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

What fabulous fun, to be so busy! :)

Homemade Heather said...

Wow!!! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing ~ please come by and say hi sometime!

Nicole said...

This is so gorgeous! It's amazing what some people will practically give away (or throw away) when just a little bit of work will do the trick. Have a great weekend! :)

Decor & Harmony said...

It's been given new life! You did an amazing job.

Lanell said...

I am on the prowl for a new kitchen table. I want a pedestal type like this so I can get five chairs around it. I love how you re-did it. I found you at Simple Home Life. I'm a new follower.

Katie said...

Your table turned out great! Definately worth all that work! I can't belive you scored it for $10! What an awesome find!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

super job! great deal! I hope it's found a new home by now!
thanks for linking up and linking back to catch as catch can.
I'll be "catching" this on May 5

Marisa said...

Looks perfect! $10 well spent!

foreverdecorating said...

Seeing these pictures of the table and chairs makes me wish I wouldn't have sold mine and just painted them instead!

Shelley@1510farmhousefancy said...

Love the table and chairs!!!! Great job!

Sanlea said...

Love the table and chairs, I would like to do that to my dining room set.