Friday, September 14, 2012

Repurposed Dining Table



I had to go straight for the close up on this one! All the distress and imperfections totally tell the story of 10 years of weathering marriage.  Stay the course, newlyweds! It gets better with age!
This was our first table.  I bought it for $99 at a going out of business sale.  I was SO impressed with myself that I had picked a solid wood table and not some MDF cheapie.  Little did I know, we would buy plenty of MDF furniture. I had never even heard of Ikea yet.  HA!!!

When we bought it, it looked more like this...


This pic is circa 2008.  Peyton (left) was 5, and Carter was almost 2.  Peyton has a bite mark on his arm from Carter who has hives on his face from a suspected food allergy.  They were much more blonde then.  SO was the table!

With all the sweet memories, I couldn't part with it, even though SOMEBODY put it outside in the rain for months on end.  You might have seen me working on top of it for a few projects like this shot from the middle of my Fall wreath tutorial.


Um.... YIKES!!!! Look at the water damage.  It looks nothing like when my sweet toddlers' lunch was sitting on top of it.  Here is what it looks like now:


So I half-heinie staged this scene only to give you an idea of how I could possibly use a dining table for a desk.  The answer: because it's just not that big.  Unfortunately, the light failed to capture the varying shades and layers.  See that chair? It's not staying that color.  In fact, I usually use a bigger chair, but it looked weird in this light.  My sweet friend just gave me 4 of those chairs to refurbish.  What would you say to black?

I also found a steal of a deal on Craigslist for a few filing cabinets.  What color do you think? I was thinking Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White with some dark wax.  By the way, the desk was done in ASCP Duck Egg.  It's my second go at a chalk paint project, and SERIOUSLY the hype is true.  This stuff is amazing (Disclosure: I don't get paid to say that).  Here's my distressed chalk paint letter that was the PERFECT first ASCP project.


I suggest tackling a small project if you want to try out chalk paint for yourself.  I did make some DIY chalk paint with some baking soda to use on some barstools.  I could have sanded and primed by the time I got the formula right.  I'm probably done making my own chalk paint. That's my two cents.

I would love if you shared your chalk paint projects in the comments.  What colors do you think I ought to throw in there? Here is the close-up again so you can see the Duck Egg color.



Linking it up: Too Much Time On My Hands, Tatertots & Jello, Miss Mustard Seed, Whipperberry, Redoux, The 36th AVENUE.

9 comments:

  1. Just wanted to say sorry for the formatting issues. I have tried to fix the HTML by hand, but the template keeps adding a ton of Pin It buttons on it's own every time I try to reformat the color and spacing mistakes.

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  2. Your table looks amazing and so does your letter. Duck Egg Blue is my favorite ASCP color! x

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    1. Thanks! Don't you love how Duck Egg just looks good on everything?

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  3. I've heard such great things about ASCP: I am looking for just the right project to use it on! And the table looks fabulous! A bigger office chair would look great with that table!

    Chrissy @ Everyday with the Jays

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    1. I like your idea about a giant chair. I almost wish I could find a really cushy HUGE chair to upholster... but I haven't upholstered before. I'm sure there would be a steep learning curve.

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  4. Love it! There are several recipes online for chalk paint if you don't want to pay the high price for the ASCP. Message me on FB and I'll send you the recipe I'm using! Great job! :)

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    1. Thanks! If you use ASCP correctly, it's actually the same price as latex oops once you buy any of the plaster of paris, baking soda, or sanded grout because you can do so many projects with it. I might give one a go on a smaller project, but last time, I ended up having to sand. Once I'd considered all that, I wished I had just bought some ASCP! =D Loving seeing your windows!

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  5. Looks amazing! I've never even attempted any chalk paint project. I think it's about time, Thanks for the extra nudge. And thanks for coming over to my blog and leaving a sweet comment! I'm looking forward to seeing more of what you're up to!
    Stacia@ http://feathersandsunshine.blogspot.com

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  6. I love it! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from 36th Ave. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-15.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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