Monday, May 9, 2011

Gossip Table Redo!!

I was going to write about my fantastic Mother's Day, but it was just too wonderful and special to describe and share. Really, that great. Memories created for all. The kids keep talking about what a great day it was....and it was!! Gardening, relaxing, and eating yummy food. Okay, so I shared a little. Here is a picture of the kids and I making silly faces after dinner (yes, I am in my jammies.....again)!

Now, my second reason for this gossip table redo! I LOVE how it turned out. And I definitely learned some lessons in painting furniture....the biggest being that I need to SLOW down and be patient!!

Here is a before of the lovely. My in-laws gave it to us. I know my mother-in-law used it while sewing. She is an amazing quilter and I think when she was handstitching, she would sit at this table and watch t.v. while working. I am not sure where it came from before then. Anyway, we have had it for a few years and just kind of moved it from area to area and threw a blanket over the cushion. The past two years it has lived in our garage.

It is hard to see in the picture, but the chair/table really has some pretty detail and curves on the chair. I decided I would paint and then attempt to distress, hoping to reveal some detail. Easier said than done. And I started out WAY TOO FAST. I bought a sample container of Martha Stewart Sea Glass paint. I read somewhere that since I would be distressing/antiquing it I didn't need to prime. Not sure if this is accurate or not, but I went for it. First mistake, painting with five year old son who wanted to help. While entertaining him and trying to keep him out of trouble, I accumalated a few drip marks on side:(. Oh well. It took two coats to cover dark wood. I did one coat, waited 24 hrs. and did second.

I next finely sanded edges, purposefully (no accident this time)taking off a bit of paint here and there. I then used my black antique glaze and rubbed it all over with towel. This only turned out OK. Definitely need to practice that !!! Without alot of detail ( I am used to antiquing smaller items) it was difficult to achieve the look I was going for.

My third mistake was to leave the table in the garage for days and days without sealing it. My girls put a cooler on top of it and left big chip marks:(. So, I fixed that today. I also sprayed the table with Miniwax. It took me forever (and I am still not done searching) for fabric for seat cushion. I typed dishtowel for cushion cover in google yesterday and found a post from a girl who used a Target dishtowel to cover hers. The chair and color looks so similiar to mine, so I had to run to Target and get the same dish towel...for $2.88! I had to put it together right away. While I love it, I am still searching for fabric because the lamp I am putting on it does not go with that fabric. I am very wordy right now. Here is the reveal pics!!

Here are some daylight pics, you can see more details.

So, I need less paint where the detail needs to show through. And paint slower. And hide from children to finished. The towel is not attached yet because I am keeping my options open. Carly had to jump in a shot:)! I am going to see if I can find the site where I got the Target dishtowel site.

Toodles, Beth
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  1. I love the colors you chose! And I LOVE that it is called a gossip table. Too cute! BTW it doesn't look bad at all!

  2. Totally CUTE! I would love to find one of these.

  3. This is too funny, I have that exact table! Looks great by the way! Your newest follower.

  4. I love your redo--that piece is incredible! I am just venturing into painting furniture, after upcycling jewelry boxes and other smaller pieces for about a year now. Thanks so much sharing your "mistakes"! :)

  5. Thanks ladies! Erin, I checked out your your jewelry boxes and other items. And I love that piece you bought (with the side hinged compartments). Yes, I am also used to painting smaller items, furniture is a bit riskier, but still fun:). I am working on my daughter's headboard now (and not distressing it,...she wants it plain white) this is a challenge for me!!!

  6. I saw this over on sugar and dots and...Wow! That turned out AWESOME! I love the fabric on the chair-I never would have thought to use a dish towel! Thanks for sharing it!

  7. Love the gossip table! My granny had one "her phone booth" to talk on with her sisters...

    All that is missing is the rotary dial phone!

    {so vintage!}

    Love the paint color from Martha as well...

    {saw you over at TT&J}

  8. I have one of these under the basement stairs waiting to be 'revived'! I love the color you chose and the fabric/towel you used for the cushion! It's a real 'conversation' piece! Sorry, couldn't resist :)

  9. Very nice. I wish I could find a telephone table. I've always wanted one.

  10. I love this table! It makes me want to grab a phone, a cup of coffee and catch up with an old friend! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  11. Adorable table! You did a great job! Thanks also for coming by Life for Dessert..hope you'll come back soon!

  12. Wow! What a great transformation! I love the color you picked, and that fabric is amazing! Great job!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  13. This remake is fantastic-love your color choice. We had one of those benches when I was growing up. Unfortunately, every one of us kids in my family used to carve doodles in it when we talked on the phone. I love furniture that is nostalgic and brings back memories.

  14. Really charming re-do on that little sweet piece! Love the color you picked ~ so pretty and you will find the perfect fabric and know it is the one! :) Thanks for stopping by and sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! Hope you will come by and share again soon!

  15. What a fabulous transformation! You picked the perfect color and I love how you kept it real by sharing the entire process of this makeover. LOL! :-)
    We are so thrilled that you linked this up to Inspiration Friday with us!

  16. I love this! I'd like to invite you to post it on Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week, I hope you can join in. Have a nice week, Mary :O)

  17. That's a beautiful piece of furniture, and I love the color you chose for painting. I've never done distressing and that, so I'm sure you did tons better than I would, but honestly, the piece looks gorgeous. Hope you find a fabric you love with the look you're going for. This will be a treasured pieces.

  18. Thanks so much for sharing and joining in my newbie party. THat is one swank piece...I love the color too.

  19. so so so stinkin cool. I love the color!! great redo.
    Im your newest follower!

  20. Fantastic redo. Love the color and it's so practical.

  21. This is really cute!! (The distressing looks great btw!)

    I saw one of these on Craigslist recently and came thisclose to getting it. Now I wish I had!

  22. Love this!! You did a fantastic job on it!

    I'm visiting from Debbiedoo's and have enjoyed reading through your blog. I also work for a community college.

    And I'm your newest follower. :)

  23. Hi, Beth! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)