Well, hey there! How are things this fine Sunday afternoon? Over here, the boys are napping (well, one is chatting) and I’m trying to get caught up on things. Including being more active on my blog. So as I was taking a look at my recent posts, I realized I never showed the end result of my cheap-o dining table that I snagged from a thrift store this past winter.
Remember this guy? Found him at a local thrift store, marked down from $200 to $25 right after Christmas! I lugged it home, heart racing, waiting for a staff person to stop me and tell me they made a mistake and I had robbed them.
Now if you’re a wood purist and hate painted furniture, avert your eyes. Because I had loads e-mails from folks telling me not to paint it because it would destroy the value, wreck the wood, etc. I get it. I really do. But what I wanted most of all was a two toned dining set that fit in to my “countryish” (new word alert)/ open style/no dining room kitchen. So look away quickly if you were one of those folks….
Because I totally painted it. Annie Sloan’s Old White. Not my favorite white since it’s more of a cream but it was exactly what this old fellow needed. Took three coats since I had some bleed through, a coat of wax, and minimal buffing on this one.
Love how it turned out! The top is the original finish, scratches, scuffs and all. And so far I like how it works with painted parts and the style of this house which is pretty informal.
And because I was going for shabby chic, I don’t even cry (much) when Liam drives his cars into it.
Doesn’t it look great with the little slipper underneath, the basket of unfolded laundry and the baby jumper? I really need to learn how to “style” a picture (aka hide my junk).
It’s been four months and I still sigh with delight every morning when I sit down with my tea. Since I married in the 80’s, I can honestly say this is the first ever dining set that I’m totally thrilled with and didn’t buy because it was “practical”. And I paid (way) less for this then the other two sets from furniture stores. Not bad for $25 and a can of ASCP. Actually a quarter of a can since we all know ASCP goes super far. Gotta love that.