Back in April, while my sister was visiting from California, we five took a day and all my sisters and I went to lunch with Mom and went thrifting.
We spotted a new thrift store really close to my house and stopped in. We weren't expecting anything because it was in a very rural area and somewhat hard to find, but it did have a big sign out on the highway.
It turned out to be a great shop, packed to the rafters and beyond. Patty bought a teapot, Mom found a book. Karan found something I really coveted at the time, but now I've forgotten what it was! Haha. Janet found some things for her house. But I didn't find a thing I absolutely had to have.
Then I spotted it.
It was on the way out and this table was outside the building, with a very wobbly leg and looking pretty sad.
But I liked the lines. And it was only $8.00!
I liked the shape of the leg
And the detail on all four sides was really nice. Underneath I could see it was good solid wood. Maybe maple? I was thinking of a coffee table makeover...picturing it painted aqua. I decided I really wanted it. I offered $6.00 and it was mine!
Karan's trunk was full so we detoured home first and dropped it off, then went to lunch.
Lunch was essential to fortify ourselves for the next few shops. We had a good time!
So my table has been sitting there now for weeks accusing me. Patty went home to the golden state, Karan has been on a month long cruise and back again and my cat has decided to make the table his perch out on the patio. It's just high enough for him to stretch out on and gaze out into the yard. If he isn't lying on it he is lying under it. His cave. It started to feel like it was his.
It was time to restore the table.
Bill fixed the leg in about two minutes. Next, I found an off white "oops" paint at Home Depot that the clerk graciously offered to color for me. $17.00 marked down to $5.99. He couldn't promise an exact match since we weren't starting with white. I agreed to buy it no matter what color came out. I was on pins and needles hoping that it wouldn't be gray. It wasn't.
So I sanded all last week a bit at a time and painted today, the coffee table makeover was almost complete.
I found this old Pottery Barn rug rolled up in the back of my closet. I used it in the bedroom in my other house but I'm using a different one now. I had forgotten I brought it. It had just enough aqua in it to pull the room all together. That was a bonus!
I have to wait a bit to distress it if I'm going to. I would want to give the paint time to really set. But, I'm not sure I want to. I kind of prefer the natural distressing that happens over time. I think people tend to over distress furniture and it has that "newly distressed" look rather than old. I like things to look old. I have time anyway to think about it.
Right now I'm just perfectly happy with the coffee table makeover, especially the color!
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