Friday, August 23, 2013

Re-Graced Coffee Table

Sometimes I share favorite finds of Facebook like the marmalade jar I picked up, or a fun flashcard.  Usually, these favorites stay with me ... at least for a while! And posting on facebook is just  quick & easy.  This find, however, I felt deserved a post all it's own.

This was a bit of a long process.  My prior coffee table (below)was a re-graced piece too.  I had the new-to-me, older coffee table out in the garage, see, waiting for me to get to it.  But around flea market time, projects for me wait.  But storing coffee tables takes up a fair amount of space, so one had to go, and I knew which I loved.  So the first re-graced coffee table went into my booth.   A gal bought it for a wedding gift- awesome, right?!  In the post flea market, catch up on usual house stuff (oh and did I mention we were in the middle of a huge yard re-landscaping?) it took longer than I wanted for me to get back to this coffee table.  so, sure, for a while we used just the trunk as a coffee table.  It wasn't quite the right size, but it stood in well.

I painted this coffee table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White.  It is a lovely, classic color.  Can you believe the glass knob was there when I bought the piece.  And, yes, I bought it in Pocatello.  And a yardsale.  It is amazingly heavy and sturdy!

Although a different tray on the table would give stage better, this one has photos of our family on a vacation.  And this is how it actually lives in my home, not for staging and photos.  For us.

I don't have any amazing trick to create this texture, wish I did!  The finish on the table was old, and cracking and chipping in a few lovely places, plus some gouges.   I use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on many pieces, because of the way it works with an underlying texture and distresses beautifully.  I sealed this piece with Annie Sloan Wax.   Although I had initially wanted to keep the top a stained wood, there is a big burn mark on the top.  I did attempt to sand it down, but I would have made a crater in the wood, or sanded completely thru the top, in order to remove it.  The paint covered it amazingly well.  My tv console is a repurposed and re-graced dresser that is painted with a wood top, so actually this piece fully painted works well with it.

And I just can't get enough of those legs!


Friday, August 9, 2013

A lovely ladder

Vintage ladder with great patina! Perfect for hanging blankets, opened magazines, photos, or vintage aprons from!  

Freshly pulled from the pick-up & posted! (SOLD)