Prowling the letter streets of Flagstaff one early spring afternoon I came across this lonely, dated table that I fell in love with instantly. It looked so sad sitting alone on the weed infested sidewalk, but I rescued it immediately! How can you pass up a piece like this when they literally don’t make them anymore!!! Its a rarity. It was dark brown when I found it, but I was lucky enough to have the original glass come with it and in perfect condition!!!
Right away I discovered it was pretty ricketey, missing some screws and a leg had a big crack in it, but! That’s nothing a lot of glue, some replacement screws and a TON of clamps can’t fix! I did that at home almost immediately so I didn’t lose faith in this super cute piece.
This picture shows the whitewash primer I applied (since there was no way I was going to sand all that), but if you look close, you can still see some of the original brown coming thru.
After applying a layer of primer (because again: I did NOT want to sand all those grooves!), I found a great baby blue color in the “OOPS” section at Lowe’s FOR 50 CENTS!!!. If you havne’t checked with your local hardware store for “Oops Paint”, this is a great place to get random & usually fun colors at great prices. I mean 50 cents?? I can’t beat that. And they commonly have small cans perfect for projects like this so I don’t get sick of the color before completing too many pieces of the same color. I like that I can have a “this blue” phase and then go to something else!
As I was starting to brush the blue on I loved it right away: it’s such a fun happy color! I also noticed that keeping my brush pretty dry let some of the white show thru and it really took that French antiqued look without the antiqueing process or the sanding afterwards. This I was loving so I continued with this technique (keeping my brush dry) and only applying as much color I thought looked great. After letting it dry completely (2 days), I applied 2 coats of highgloss poly: I think that look brings it up to date. And since I’m planning on keeping this, it makes it easy to clean with sticky fingers running around my house.
The results are so fantastic!
I love this little table! Its in my front room holding my record player and 8track system (laugh all you want). It looks perfect in our colorful front room and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect ending!
So the next time you see that dated, ugly, brown, “who-would-have-ever-wanted-that?” piece of furniture on the side of the road: call me and I’ll make it something great!