Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Nesting...


I found this set of little nesting tables on Kijiji (thanks Sophia!). She sold them to me for a hefty twenty dollars! (thanks AGAIN Sophia!) Here's a "before."

It's funny, I'd been looking for nesting tables, and when I want something specific, I rarely find it. These little tables were perfect for my needs...which include a "hen party" tonight and a buffet for a dozen of my favourite women. So they had to be READY...and they are! I re-glued and stabilized and did all the things we "trash to treasure junkies DO..." stripping, sanding, redoing...you know the drill! I thought initially that I'd paint the whole table, including the top...

So I scrubbed them with TSP, then primed them with Rustoleum Spray Primer (lazy 'eh? lol) THEN I decided to strip and sand the top of ONE of the tables, just to see whether the woodgrain was "pretty enough."


Oh my GOODNESS...it sure WAS!! Do you ever DO that? Go into a project with a particular finish in mind, then change midway through?

So here's that beautiful grain all prettied up...I used Minwax Wood Conditioner before I stained...makes a FABULOUS even stain; then I used Minwax Jacobean stain to bring out that gorgeous grain:


Some other views...tables "nested..."painted with Martha Stewart Heavy Cream...made into knock-off chalk paint with Calcium Carbonate...GREAT for chipping and sanding...

Just a peek...accents of ASCP Arles, Duck Egg Blue and Louis Blue (all won in a wonderful "paint-a-chair" contest with Anne right here...

...separated, chipped...stained tops have three coats of Minwax Polycrylic ( can you tell I LOVE Minwax!?) for sturdiness, and everything else was waxed with light brown BriWax and buffed...

One more before...

...aren't they just the PRETTIEST wee things!? They'll have their inaugural presentation this evening, as I host a "hen party," replete with great food (every single recipe having come from blog parties!!), good wine and WONDERFUL women! Aaahhh, life is so very VERY...good! Once I have time after clean-up, I'll post links to the blog recipes I used, and will let y'all know their success.

Thanks so MUCH for stopping by again. I'll be visiting YOU too, through your comments. Partying here and here and here and with these fine bloggers this week.

Wishing you a week filled with the joy of doing what you love with the people you love...
"Do what you love, love what you do."


Edited to add a hearty THANK YOU to Tammy over at Type A and to Mary at Very Merry Vintage Style and to Beverly at Flamingo Toes for featuring my little tables!






75 comments:

  1. Ooh, LOVE! I *need* some nesting tables now! I love your treatment of them.

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  2. Wow! I love the color choice really nice restyle!

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  3. lucky dog! these are awesome and you did a fabulous job bringing them back to life!

    visiting from not just a housewife!

    amy

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  4. These are just so so so fabulous my friend! I love that you sometimes go into things with a final look in mind and then change your mind----I do that all of the time! And good thing you did because the wood is amazing! Goodness I would SO love to come and re-finish with you!!!
    Jaime

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  5. Wow! Just wow! What a gorgeous transformation! LOVE the way those nesting tables turned out!

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  6. Love how those turned out!! They look fab!!

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  7. The nesting tables look awesome!

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  8. I'm so glad you sanded it. You're right, that wood is so pretty:)

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  9. Wow, these are gorgeous. I pinned this so I can reference it for a painting project I want to do. Thanks for all the pics and info and thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  10. Twenty dollars is already a great buy for a 3 piece furniture. You are an artist after the remodeling of it and making it the as elegant as possible.

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  11. Omgoodness! What are great transformation! I'm going in ashville soon. Excited to go to the thrift stores and transform it. This is getting me excited!?

    CapturedFootprints.blogspot.com

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  12. I really like these, amazing what you can achieve with paint. Great legs!

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  13. omg.... those look amazing! i LOVE that you left the tops unpainted... they look brand new! incredible work!

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  14. Deborah...thank you so much for commenting on my blog! I'm so glad you did because I got to see your beautiful tables...love them!! I also noticed you are from Nova Scotia. My husband's family originates from Halifax. We've never been there and so want to visit. I'm sure it is beautiful. Have a wonderful week - Deb

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  15. wow, way to go! this looks amazing. i love that you stained the tops. great job.

    i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!

    letbirdzfly.blogspot.com

    thanks so much for sharing!

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  16. The nesting table set came out so nice! They might just be the handiest pieces of furniture ever invented. Thx for coming over and introducing yourself~I like your diy style!

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  17. Seriously in L.O.V.E with those nesting tables. Girl you did an awesome job! :) {following}

    threemangoseeds.blogspot.com

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  18. beautiful! the tops look amazing!!

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  19. They are just lovely! Great upcycle!

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  20. those turned out so beautifully! the dark tops are awesome!

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  21. These turned out awesome! I love the stained tops of them! Great mid-project change! Stopping over from Polkadots on Parade!

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  22. These are adorable! The dabs of yellow and blue add a nice unexpected touch. andrea@townandprairie

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  23. very pretty! so glad you kept the tops as wood, they're gorge.

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  24. I love the nesting tables! Your paint technique is beautiful! This is amazing! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I just love yours!

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  25. I love, love, love nesting tables and your transformation of these three is spectacular. Thank you so much for sharing your new treasure.

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  26. Great idea to do all the detailing using different colors. They definitely stand out!
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

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  27. love love love these! i've been searching craigslist for some. great job.

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  28. $20!?! What a steal! They look so great, love the colors you chose! Super cute...

    Coley @
    www.whatyoumakeit-coley.blogspot.com

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  29. Wow! great steal and you did a wonderful job prettying them up, they look lovely :) Thanks for adding your link to BC Good Life Wednesdays.

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  30. Wow these are gorgeous! I love that you let the wood grain show through and nit just paint the tops. Your hard work really paid off.

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  31. Oh my gosh these are soo pretty! I LOVE the tops! The grain & the stain looks amazing! You did a very good job on these. I want them *blush*

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  32. Deborah Thank you for visiting and leaving such kind comments. Just took a peek around your blog...oh my gosh...amazing before and afters..oh yes I am a follower...for sure!!!!
    Have a lovely weekend. Bobbie

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  33. Lovely! I like the colors you chose. Hooray for finding just what you wanted.

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  34. I would love it if you would link this to my link party. It just started :)
    http://diycraftstomake.blogspot.com/2011/10/whacha-got-weekly-linky-party.html

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  35. Deborah lovely job on these darling nesting tables and everything else I've seen on your blog! Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving nice comments.

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  36. Those really are gorgeous! I love the colors you chose to go on the legs too! Hope your party is wonderful!

    Have a great weekend!
    Sarah

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  37. Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my place! Look forward to seeing more from ya! Have an awesome weekend and if I didn't say it before...love the tables!

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  38. I see these tables all the time and never give them a second glance. I LOVE what you did with them! The touch of color is perfect! Thanks for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  39. Those nesting tables look fabulous! What a transformation!

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  40. You did a terrific job of the tables, and made some great color choices. Better not let you friend see them, she may want them back now!

    I am delighted that you shared this post at Potpourri Friday! You participation is appreciated!

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  41. These are gorgeous! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog too! Yours is super-cute and I'm your newest follower! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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  42. I've been on the lookout for nesting tables forever! For $20...you got a great deal and they look fabulous!

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  43. Those turned out great. Love the colors on the legs and I like that you left the top dark wood. Thank you for being part of TTF and have a fun day!

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  44. Those tables look very nice now that you fixed them up! Great job!

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  45. I was excited just seeing the before picture. What a great find! I love how your nesting tables turned out and I'm sure you will get a lot of use out of them! I am knew to painting furniture and I get so excited about all the possibilities!!

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  46. http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2011/10/anything-goes-39-highlights-from-38.html

    you've been featured!!!

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  47. WOW! Just love these tables! So glad you took the time to find out the condition of the top - they turned out spectacular! Fantastic job!
    Kathy

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  48. I am happy to be your newest follower!
    Kathy

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  49. Holy cow, this transformation is awesome!!!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  50. The tables turned out so cute. I love the natural top with the painted base. I am happy to hear the calcium carbonate additive worked well for you. Thanks for linking to the Open House Party.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  51. Amazing! This is SO cool, I love the transformation! You really created something so beautiful out of a rather blah item. Thanks for sharing @ Show & Share! I am so happy you did!

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  52. These are gorgeous! You're featured at Share the Love Wednesday this week. Thanks so much for linking up--hope you'll be back this week. Stop by and grab a feature button!
    Mary

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  53. People keep this furniture in smaller spaces. This kind of furniture completely fit in your home or office. You get enough space in your home with this type of furniture.

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  54. Your color choices are very beautiful- I love your work! So inspiring.

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  55. nice job on your tables, they look fabulous!
    gail

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  56. Girl you know how to rock some paint! Thanks for visiting reposhture.blogspot.com and please stop back. I know I am going to be one of your regulars!

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  57. Love the white and dark stained top, and the small pop of color is fun!

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  58. I think you did a fabulous job on the tables!! I love the color on the legs and the stained tops. Perfect!! I featured these today: http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/09/a-little-pot-holder-love/

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  59. I know exactly what you mean when you say that when you're looking for a specific thing you hardly ever find it! I've been lusting after all the gorgeous old card catalogue units we've been seeing all over Blogland, and I think my chances of finding one at the right price are probably zero. You did a great job with the tables!
    Love Bec

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  60. They turned out wonderful! Thank you for joining me for the HSH Fall Open House!
    Sherry

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