Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Nesting tables...

I just brought these little tables back from our cottage. We've had them for maybe twenty years.


After scrubbing with TSP, I primed them with Rustoleum Zinnser Bin, then painted the legs with my favourite "go-to" colour...Rustoleum Heirloom White, then I used my trusty little palm sander to chip the legs a little. I stripped and sanded the tops, then restained those with two coats of MinWax Onyx (water based stain), and finally, applied two coats of Polycrylic to the table tops, and the legs too. The finish is gorgeous, but really doesn't show up so well here. Sigh.


Now I have a couple of cheapie little tables that'll serve me well for another twenty years...hmmm...either ME or my HEIRS (lol). Total cost: zero, used products left over from other projects I'm using these on the patio for the summer...just perfect for holding tall cool drinks!


NOW...I need some advice. I renewed this old hope chest a while ago, and am thinking of painting a muted blue harlequin pattern on the sides. I am VERY new to all this painting, and although I'm enjoying it thoroughly, I'm wondering whether the harlequin pattern might be too much. What do YOU think? Sure would be grateful for your thoughts.

Partying here and here and here and who knows WHERE!?

THANK YOU Christina for featuring my little tables on your decor site!




And thank YOU so VERY MUCH for stopping by.

28 comments:

  1. Love blue, love harlequin..so I say go for it. Love your nesting tables too. Thanks for sharing at the party.

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  2. You did a great job with the nesting tables Deborah. I like the two tone. As for the harlequin, GO FOR IT!

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  3. The tables look great! I vote for the harlequin too :-)

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  4. Your tables are great! I am going to have hunt down some onyx stain, it is really a great color. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. Tables turned out REALLY great. Love 'em.
    Go for the harlequin....it will look fabulous.
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  6. The contrast between the top and the legs looks great! Nice job!

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  7. they turned out so cute! and they were free because you already had them- love that!

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  8. I really like these tables! I like how they nest since we don't have much space!
    Found you at Christina's Adventures!

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  9. Love the colors you used! TOTAL transformation -- great job!

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  10. looks cute!! this post would be a great addition to my blog party. I hope you'll join me!
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  11. LOVE the nesting tables!!! Just found you from Chic on a Shoestring! Love, Me

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  12. I like the tables, much better than before. So chic.
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    Lisa

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  13. Great job with the tables! I love free upcycles! The harlequin would be cute, I think! If not, you can always paint over it again! ;)

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  14. LOVE these tables...the colors are wonderful and it looks like something I would totally have in my home!

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  15. What a great redo. And very thrifty . Love it. I like the idea of painting the chest blue and doing the harlequin design. Remember, if you don't like it, just repaint it! Thanks for joining TTF and have a wonderful week!

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  16. Love the tables and I think the harlequin pattern would look great just on the top:) I found you at The DIY Showoff, I posted a Little Womenish desk and chair there:) Your blog is great!

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  17. Very nice transformation! They look really cute!
    Thanks for linking it up at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  18. great looking tables!
    thanks for linking (sharing) @ catch as catch can
    gail

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  19. Tables look great...you've given them a new lease on life.

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    I am went through sooo many of your past (and recent) post and they are allllllll so amazing!

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