Sunday, November 11, 2012

Honey-Do Project

I am pretty useless these days, just sitting and resting my leg  until surgery Wednesday, but that doesn't mean I can't come up with projects for Dave. I bought this drop leg table from Pier One about ten years ago and never really liked it because it was a dull brown. I bought it because it was a great deal and I planned to always cover it with a colorful tablecloth. Here it sits in the garage gathering dust...until today. I thought that maybe Dave could paint it and we could use it as our dining room table, since it is small and easy to move and if it were a pretty color, then I would LOVE  it.
He took to the idea, as painting is always good busy work, so he began sanding the stain away and our colorful plans for paint, turquoise, yellow, red or orange, ended up being a draw at white. He bought spray paint in a glossy white, which goes with the white woodwork in our room, so that worked out fine. I could be happy with shiny white.

After the first coat  he had another idea. He came into the house and suggested that the table looked really neat with the grain showing, like it was a whitewashed antique, or pickled. Hmmm.

I'm calling it Shabby Chic, for the moment, and will wait until this coat is dry to make a final decision. It does have personality, I'll give him that. But will it wipe up nice when spaghetti sauce or wine is spilled?
That is the question. So we'll give it a try and if not, he has lots more spray paint.


  1. Flip it over, treat it the same way that you have the top.

    Try sealing it ... see if it changes the appearance.

    Sealing would/should protect it from spaghetti, wine, kool-aid, etc.

  2. ohhh I love a man who is handy - my husband has been doing all sorts of cool creative woodworking (its on my blog) - wood is almost as cool as fabric - well - almost - grin!

  3. Personally, I'd give it another coat. With the grain showing, it looks like you ran out of paint and were too cheap to get more. lol

  4. I love how it looks! How about some kind of finishing wax? I've recently noticed a lot of painted furniture pins on Pinterest using several new brands of milk- and other specialty paints and several have a wax finishing component. I'll send some links in the morning.

  5. A vintage graphic on it with a clear coat would be perfect with that white finish.
    Monday is their "brag" day, so check out what others are doing with their futniture.

  6. I like it! I think I'd put a couple coats of polyurethane on it. That should make it sauce proof! Plus, I like shiny.

  7. I love it as is too! I've used that technique and covered it with furniture wax for protection. Verathane in satin would work too.

  8. Oooo, the handyman !
    Good luck with your surgery ! (and recovery afterwards)

  9. Janet in Portland12:02 PM

    I can't imagine you leaving it white. I see it in one of the vivid colors you so successfully decorate with.

  10. Strip ALL the finish, stain the wood with procion dyes... then a few coats of poly... tee hee!

  11. Best of luck with the surgery Mel. We'll all be wishing you successfully through it.

  12. Hi Mel - I've been following your blog here in the Uk for a short while - thank you for all your tips and help. I love the table as it is but am sure whatever you decide will be great. Just like to wish you good luck with your knee surgery and best wishes for a speedy recovery.


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