So anyway, on to the latest project to actually get finished. Sneak peek!!!
Although, in more bad-blogger news, I did not take a before picture of this particular table. I was not feeling all that optimistic about how it would turn out, especially since this was a Craigslist curbside freebie. That was set out right before a typical Savannah August afternoon monsoon. Niiiiiice. Just for illustrative purposes, here's some similar tables that I saw on CL recently:
In fact, the second set is pretty identical, except my coffee table did not have any smoked glass, and it came with only one side table friend. Ahh yes...revel in its round-edged, light wooded, chunky-yet-straight legged 80's glory. Why did I even bring it home? Not to mention brave the pouring rain to hoist this heavy-arsed thing into the truck?
Well, as it happens, I've been sort of looking for a table ever since the foster dog chewed the corners off my cute-but-particle-board-topped coffee table about 5 minutes after the hubs and I got married, NINE YEARS AGO. I wanted something that looks good, but way cheap, so I wouldn't be upset when the kids inevitably scribbled and sharpied and glitter-glued it to death (RIP, previous dining table). Free sounded just about right. Even though it was the CL equivalent of a blind date (curb alert with no photo provided), I figured worst case scenario I could always refurbish it into usability, or re-free it if necessary.
When I brought it home and placed in the living room, I was thinking that it was probably a bit too tall to mesh with our sofa and loveseat, but I was prepared to live with it for a day or two to think it over. Then hubs walked in, made the yuck face, and proclaimed that he'd had the exact same table once upon a long, dark time ago when he was married to She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. That did it...this table ain't stayin' in my living room!!
My next thought was that this would be a good opportunity to test a paint technique I want to eventually try on the monster 90's pine armoire in my bedroom. I absolutely fell in love with the look that Kristy @ 4 the love of wood achieved with this piece:
Even though I've seen similar finishes since then, this is still the one that takes my breath away!
The only problem is, I didn't have real grey primer, just some grey enamel underlay from Ace Hardware's mistint shelf. And I didn't have any water-based white primer, just oil-based. Nor did I have gel stain on hand. But what I did have? Impatience to get started, and lots of it. So I used the enamel underlay and watered down off-white latex, along with my trusty clear and dark waxes and a cute jute rope handle and and this is what I wound up with:
Unstaged...pretty cute but kinda, yawn...
Now that's what I'm talkin' bout! Look at that texture!
Rope handle + dark wax = making me smile
Awww, can't we keep it?!
After getting the top whitewashed I realized that I wasn't really getting the look I was aiming for -- not surprising since I wasn't using the materials I should have, plus the top of this table was fairly well pre-distressed, and I didn't want to sand all that goodness away. But I was really digging the beachy vibe, so I went with the flow, and wound up with something that reminds me of a driftwood finish. Um, LOVE! Here's hoping that someone else around here in coastal Georgia sees it on Craigslist and loves it, too!!
(PS -- major props to my mom, who not only made the 8 hr trip from VA to visit us, but then spent a couple hours of her visiting time helping me wax this table in the oppressive August humidity that stubbornly insists on lingering even at 10 pm. Thanks, Mom!)