My dad says he remembers when his Mom, my grandma, got this table. He remembers it as some of the furniture of his childhood. My dad is pretty much as sentimental as they come, so it was meaningful for him to have this table in our home growing up. So of course, I remember it also as some of the furniture of my childhood. (I’m kind of sentimental too.) My mom, who is not sentimental (understatement), has been decorating their new home in Texas and this table was not a part of her vision. Last fall I was chatting with my mom while shopping and told her I was looking for a round table to be part of a little vignette I was creating in my living room. Well, as luck would have it – I would actually be doing my mom a service if I wanted my grandma’s round table, because that was going to make it so much easier for my sentimental father to let go of it. Her plan worked and my dad was happy to give it to me. I got a round table with character and no cost and my parents got what they wanted - win/win!
They came for Thanksgiving and brought my table with them. For months I let it sit as is, but once I got the curtains up in my living room, I saw the table needed new life. And I wanted to give it some!
What gives furniture new life even better than a good cleaning? PAINT!! And I love color. If you’ve seen some of my home tours, like My Kitchen, you know I love color. I chose blue. Yeah, blue!
I did the project on the edge of my garage. I wanted to be out of the wind, but close to natural light and warmth for quick-drying. I washed down and let it dry well. Then, I attacked that baby with spray paint. Lots and lots of spray paint. 2 cans on one small round table. There were so many spindles and I wanted the bottom blue too, plus it needed 2-3 light coats.
After the spray paint dried, I antiqued the entire thing. Antiquing is so easy. I did it similar to how I made the Antiqued Silhouette Boards. Basically, I used a rag and wiped glaze all over the table. Then I used a clean rag (at least it was clean for 1 second before I started) to wipe excess glaze off. The glaze made a huge difference. It toned down the blue, so it wouldn’t look like it was meant in a little boy’s bedroom.
Here is my little vignette-in-progress, because I am still decorating my living room! (And I noticed after I posted this picture that my kids removed the throw pillows from the chairs. Go ahead and just picture the same throw pillows from above. If you have kids, you probably understand that throw pillows are never where they’re supposed to be!):
What do you think? Much better? If you don’t think so, let me live in denial, because I love it!
My parents are just going to love me talking about them in this post. Love you, Mom and Dad! You’re the reasons I have a split organizing personality – I am somewhat sentimental, but that is usually overridden by my complete distaste for excess clutter! If I can indulge a little sentimentality while providing function, that is the perfect combination.
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