Monday, October 8, 2012

Chippy Side Table

This post could be called 'just keeping sanding' (I've been watching too much Nemo) or 'Never Gonna Give You Up' (showing my age a little). Why you ask? Or just as likely 'what is this girl taking'?

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I had originally bid on this side table at a local auction house and missed out. I didn't think much else about it till I went back into the auction house and they offered it to me at my original bid, the owner didn't want to come and collect it after rejecting all bids. Here's a before picture...

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This table needed more sanding than I thought possible, hence the just keep sanding, and giving up! After all that black paint there was black stain; my guess is the previous owner wanted it black! Sometimes I wonder if it's worth it...

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 ...and then I decide it is. I really love the table in this corner, and I love it next to the wing-back chair (I'll be honest, I love everything next to that thing!!) What doesn't look good next to something that beautiful, and that was free???

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It's hard to tell from the picture, but this one is pale blue / grey. Just enough colour without taking over everything else. Here's one last pic - a chippy table and old books - what more could a girl ask for...

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  1. looks awesome- i love the chippy look and love those big feet!

  2. What a cool art deco piece!! And it looks so much prettier now...softer than the black. Well worth all that sanding!!

  3. Awesome little table, Catherine, the grayish color is adorable! PS: As an enthusiast DIY painter myself, I wanna share a little secret: I just buy the best and most expensive paint and always skip the sanding part(my father taught me that). The paint job will be just as beautiful and long-lasting ;)

  4. I LOVE the chippy look ... worth all of the work for sure. Great transformation!!

  5. Love your retro table! A little white paint does wonders, doesn't it? :) Great job!

    xoxo laurie

  6. Very nice!! And I "get" all of your Nemo & musical references - must be similar vintage and have kids of a similar vintage...
    (if I had a $ for every time I've seen that film....)

  7. Beautiful work on this table! I admire your work ethic---I need to remember that tenacity when faced with a daunting project. It certainly changed the look of your piece to paint with white! Saw you at Not Just a Housewife link party and I'm your newest follower. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

  8. Love this table revamp, what a find and how wonderful that the vendor accepted your bid after the auction! Love your wing back and lamp too!

  9. The table definitely looks better in it's lighter blue/grey state, well worth the sanding, sanding and more sanding! Visiting from the mycreativespace linky.
    Stacey-Lee :D

  10. I love that! I would love for you to post it on my craft link party.....SHOW-licious Sunday Craft Showcase. Just follow this link! :)

    I would love for you to add my site and link up to my Sunday blog party. Here's the link to grab the code

  11. Pretty nice table now that its lighter. And you are right, you can put anything beside it and it would still look good. Well worth the sanding and then some more.


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