I picked up this drop leaf table while in Brimfield. I have a growing drop leaf table collection. It is an addiction really. I don’t know what it is about them. Their versatility. The timeworn tops. Not sure. But I’ve never met one I don’t like.
Well that’s not totally true. When the tops are impeccable and shiny, I don’t usually like them. I like a worn stained finish and of course a chippy worn paint job to match on the legs.
And that’s the exact treatment this table got.
Oh the power of milk paint and the chippy goodness it can create.
The first coat on the legs is Trophy.
The second coat is Grain Sack.
I followed a similar suit on the ladder back chairs which I previewed here before.
This chair features Apron Strings & a custom mix of French Enamel and Linen…I think.
The options are endless when it comes to milk paint. But to get this layered look you need to create a resist between colors and coats. This can be achieved a number of ways including applying the wax puck or hemp oil as a resist.
See, milk paint naturally wants to absorb into the surface unless, of course, there is a previous finish there for it to resist. That’s where it gets interesting.
All three pieces are available individually at Serendipity Shops of Doylestown.
A couple of weeks ago I posted a quick snapshot on instagram and facebook of an upcycled table we put together. The new table deserves a proper feature here today…
This was a fun little collaboration. Our lead picker, Jake, found this old, heavy toolbox a few months back. Lucky for him it was loaded with many worthwhile tools.
The utilitarian case is sturdy and well made yet too heavy to lug around filled with tools in modern times. The rectangular box is the perfect size for a small coffee table or side table and has a lot of life left in it. The vintage piece has the best patina which tells stories of decades of hard work. The original creamy yellow color is under there too. After a thorough cleaning, I applied a coat of furniture wax for a nice durable finish.
I set out to find a nice set of legs and scored with these tapered mid-century ones. We attached the legs to give the toolbox a boost to table status while leaving all of the original hardware in place. I particularly love the brass corners.
Bonus, the table acts as a great storage piece since the top opens the same way the toolbox once did.
The toolbox table has found a new home! Thanks for your interest in it.
Have you repurposed anything lately?
Last week I shared the updates we made in the kitchen, specifically in the dining nook. You may have caught a glimpse of our vintage dining table. It’s a one-of-a-kind find that seems to infuse French legs with a copper top. And rumor has it that copper is big for 2014.
I’d say that the top was a DIY update added to the table by the previous owners. Most likely copper infused vinyl. But surely it is real copper because occasionally we get the telltale green copper tarnish.
I love when copper tarnishes to beautiful aqua…but not where I am eating.
You may have spied the copper table in the background of some of my recipe posts. The copper captures the light in such a beautiful way that morphs throughout the day. It provides such a fabulous backdrop for the pictures too.
(Butternut Squash Soup)
(Spicy Tortilla Soup)
So you want to know where we found such a rare gem? Well, Ryan and I shopped the very chic marketplace known as the curb for this find. It also came with a large leaf and 4 upholstered French caned back chairs. Yes, you read that right. A full dining room set for nothing! The chairs are “on deck” for a serious makeover of their own and a different table to pair them with. They have high backs so they didn’t work with the mix of low back chairs we have in this space now.
Ryan and I definitely have different styles when it comes to architecture and decorating. He sways toward natural and craftsman style – those doors. I like eclectic, collected and vintage. This table seemed to meet both of our aesthetic needs and we agreed on it right away. You can picture us standing at the curb with the tailgate open gushing about how truly perfect it is. Because that’s exactly what happened.
The light legs and apron seemed to have been an updated too. They needed a refresh so after scrubbing the table I applied a coat of Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in grain sack with bonding agent. That’s all they needed – one coat. Can I tell you a secret? I didn’t wax or put a top coat on either since it is just table legs. A twenty-minute paint job and they were good as new. And don’t you love the simple blue and yellow braided rug that anchors the space?
What’s your best curbside find?
P.S. We’re still completely stumped as to what our upcycled galvanized hanging light above the table used to be. Please share any insight you may have! I’m thinking it was on a farm…