Sunday, February 28, 2010

one fab rehab!

I think i've committed a blogger's sin - I am a straight-up COPYCAT on this project and I can't for the life of me find the talented girl's blog that I "borrowed" (ok, stole) this idea from for this FAB makeover. She had a beautiful blog, and a step by step tutorial for a table that she stained and painted. I copied the steps down on a piece of paper knowing that "someday" (wow do I love that word) I wanted to put this to use. She was only 26 years old and had an incredible eye for decorating and I commented that I think at 26 I was still concerned as to what rock poster to hang up in my Chicago apartment and had no clue what rehabbing furniture was, let alone, HOW to do it! So I admire you mystery blogger, enough to copy your work -- so with admiration and apology both, here is my fab rehab....

Some are addicted to Nordstrom's Rack, and some are addicted to Goodwill. I fall in the 2nd category. If I am in that area of the GW, my car just somehow turns into the parking lot, just "to look" "just in case..." So on my last "just in case there might be a trash to treasure jewel" in there, I found this table for $30. SCORE! I've always loved the rustic look of this type of furniture.





Following the mystery blogger's method, I sanded, then stained the top of the of the table with espresso colored dark stain -- and with this being my first staining project, it took me quite some time to get it as dark as I wanted. I then spray painted the legs with a creamy white paint, sanded them a bit, and then added black glaze to age them a tad more. it turned out just as i had hoped! i replaced our kitchen table with this "new" table and love the look. and it all happened so quick which is a shocker for me - i tend to store my projects for awhile until i actually get a free moment or a free hand or kid-free moment to get to work on it -- but this was purchased on Thursday, redone on Friday evening, and ready to eat on in the kitchen on Saturday morning. Record timing for me!

(well aware of two seat covers and two missing seat covers -- quickly learned that cloth seat covers and small children do not match well together)

WAIT a minute - i forgot to mention the best step of the whole process. Distressing the table with a chain - again, an idea I borrowed from mystery blogger. It made such a neat rippled effect of dents on the top of the table - and had it not been the loudest noise I've ever heard and if the neighbors wouldn't have come out to see what all the racket was, I would have continued the distressing step way beyond what was needed because it was effective cheap therapy!


 

20 comments:

  1. The table looks really great, Jen. Great idea.
    Phil

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  2. What a gorgeous table and you did an amazing job refinishing it! I have one that I need to refinish, but I'm not sure yet what I want it to look like. Yours looks absolutely FAB!!!

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  3. Looks awesome! Well done! I love the blue chairs they contrast the table perfectly!

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  4. Great table, what a find, and you really improved on it.

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  5. I'm telling you, you're seriously a decorating genius :-) The table looks great!

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  6. I want your table! :-) It turned out beautiful. Love it. Thanks for stopping by junkblossoms. I wouldn't have found your wonderful blog. Pat

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  7. I'd pay a ton of money for that table

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  8. Gorgeous! And even more impressive that you did it yourself.

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  9. Wow...love it! You did a fab job! Wish I could convince the hubs to let me do something like this to our dinning room table. ;)

    Smiles,
    Rachel

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  10. That looks amazing! You never know what treasures you'll find at Goodwill:)

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  11. Girlfriend, this project earned you the ::cottage crush:: spot on my sidebar. LOVE this! You did a terrific job.

    So glad you could Mi4M!

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  12. OMG! Found you on Cottage Instincts- your table is WONDERFUL!!!! I love it! THere used to be these two 'Furniture Guys' on PBS, and they used to do crazy methods of distressing. Chain isn't the weirdest one I heard of- one time, they used rice on wet paint, and then after the paint dried the just scraped it right off to leave a two tone textured look. Weird, right?

    Anyways.. Im rambling, and I really just wanted to say I love the table (and the chairs, too!), and I think you did a really good job on them!

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  13. GREAT, great job! I can't say that enough - WOW! I found you on Reinvented. :)

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  14. That is a fabulous table. I love you did all the work by yourself. And it turned out amazing. Great job!

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  15. $30!! No freakin way! I love love love this re-do! And the blue chairs just make it look extra fab. You did this in record time for sure. WOW!

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  16. What a great job. I love the dark top with the painted legs.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Don't be shocked to walk in one day and find that table gone..it will just be visiting my house for a little bit! HAHA! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Jen, I admire your creativity soooo much, you are my "Martha" Only minus the rod up your keister & with a sense of humor!

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  18. LOVE this! I move in a month and am re-doing my kitchen table when I do. Can't wait!

    Thank you for the idea!

    Liz
    Loving This Mom Stuff

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