Monday, December 16, 2013

End Table Up-cycle

The key to finding the perfect item to up-cycle is to look for the potential the piece has. It's a good exercise in learning to look past whats wrong and see the good. Once you establish what is good about a piece it is time to find a way "eliminate the negative and accentuate the positive..." I think I have done that here, hopefully it will inspire you to make something old, or just something ugly, and make it new.


I found a table at St.Vinny's for $30.00. It had good bones and nice curves...my husband thought otherwise...he thought it was ugly and wanted to know what I was going to do with it. He was not about to waste $30.00. I basically said "Of course it's ugly...that's why it needs me...I see the potential in it and clearly you don't." Needless to say we walked out with that table and I walked out fodder for the blog!


The top had this faux leather thing going on. Paint was not going to take to that very well so a peeled it up hoping there was not a disaster underneath.


Thankfully there was only a bit of adhesive which I easily sanded away.


At first I thought I would white wash this piece as I have with most of my furniture painting projects before but I decided to have a little more fun with this one. I used paint I already had. Those of you who read the blog regularly (or at least as regularly as I have been getting around to posting these days) know that when I am trying to choose wall colors in my house I go through A LOT of paint samples (here, here, and here) hence a lot of tiny paint samples in my basement which worked out perfect for this project.




The above photo gives away how long I have procrastinated in getting this project posted...Oh well, it's nice to see some tulips in the winter time :) I am debating adding a mirrored top, what do you think? Should I get some mirrored glass to set inside the ridge?

 I must tell you how impressed my husband was to see the finished product...I am noticing a pattern of proving my husband wrong on many of the design/project choices for our home...I am lucky that he is gracious in defeat :)


Our little Stella girl loves taking a bit of refuge under this up-cycled end table. Meow.

As always I love to know who has been here and I love your feedback and comments! Drop me a line, and if you are so inclined subscribe! I hope to see you sooner next time, but I am two weeks from my due date, so I have no idea how life will change in the coming months. My hope is that our baby girl will inspire even more of my nesting instinct and help me discern just how to use my creative talents...of course if you have any ideas for me I would love to hear you thoughts and encouragement in the comments section.

Kate

10 comments:

  1. Not mirror maybe fake marble easy to kept clean remember you will have a little one, by the way how are you? Pretty soon Bernadette will be making her entrance. Good luck with everything and Grandma Mary. Back to the table why don't you wait until you know what room you are going to use it in. Love Aunt Julie

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    1. Thanks for the thoughts. I use it in our living room right now beside one of our sofas. I may sell it at some point in the future which is why I think the top needs to look more polished. Thanks for the well wishes!

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  2. Lovely job, Kate! It's a beautiful piece that I imagine complements your home so nicely.

    PS. Those hardy Norwegians across the sea keep fresh flowers in their homes to chase away the winter blues. Seeing tulips in January is one of my favorite memories from my time there in college. The first thing I noticed about the pictures were the rays of warm sunshine! So thank you for posting this when you did :)

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    1. well I have a little Norwegian in me, so it must have been instinct!

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  3. What does the cat say? "Meoq"

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    1. This typo has been corrected, and I think I might know who anonymous is here :)

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  4. Yes, Kate. I will never question your judgment again.

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    1. Thanks, but never say never, my guess is you probably will :)

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  5. Very impressive Kate - you definitely have a gift!

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