Yay table!

15 Jun

Two posts in one day?! I know, but this had to be shared and the title says it all. The vintage table we’ve been dreaming of since March finally came home (and was disassembled, cleaned, painted, and reassembled). This post was all about white dishes, but in the background Hubster and I started fiending for a vintage table with a brightly colored top. Despite our lack of a real home, the hunt was on. Let’s be honest, you can’t run out to Ikea and pick up one of these babies. It’s all about antique karma.

I conducted twice daily searches of Craigslist that eventually turned into scouring all the Craigslist sites in nearby (Chicago is nearby right?) cities. We hit a few estate sales and garage sales. I had a brief crush on a green topped dinette, but our hearts were definitely set on something bright. We couldn’t get the aqua color out of our heads.

Then as fate would have it (see antique karma above), we headed to Kansas City over the first weekend in May. If you’re from KC you know the First Friday of the month means art openings in the Crossroads. If you’re from KC and you like antiques or are a hipster, you know the first weekend of each month is your only chance in a month to stroll the West Bottoms  in seach of freshly picked antiques. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning and honestly walked into each building knowing around one corner or another we’d find THE ONE! It didn’t happen, but what did happen is that we had enough time in our day to check out Weird Stuff Antiques for the first time. The bottom floor didn’t yield much, but as we crested the second floor a litany of mismatched tables and chairs greeted our eyes.

And right in front of us was a laminate table with a gray woodgrain top. It wasn’t aqua. It wasn’t even bright. But something about it made us stop and utter things like “Ya know with a little cleaning up this could be awesome” and “It’s not what we had in mind but it’s SO cool” and “We haven’t seen anything like this”. Of course, price was still a factor. I’m not saying we’re cheapskates, but the table was by no means immaculate. As luck would have it, the owner was willing to part with if for a mere $60. WHAT? A few minutes later, Hubster was using a borrowed drill to remove the legs and I was digging through my purse for something to store the screws in. It fit perfectly in the Jeep and after attending a few engagement sessions with us, made the drive back to St. Louis.

Then it sat in the corner of shame for a while. There’s no getting around the fact that we’re busy. Plus the weather here was yucky during May. It kept raining, which meant we couldn’t whip out the spray paint.

When the clouds finally parted, the table received quite a makeover. Here’s what we (and by that I mean mostly Hubster) did:

  • Removed the rust on the rails for the leaf with a steel brush attachment for the drill.
  • Soaked the leaf hardware in vinegar to remove the rust.
  • Beat out parts of the edging to make it straight.
  • Secured the leaf permanently in place.
  • Sealed the bottom with primer.
  • Coated the leaf rails in white paint.
  • Taped off and painted the edging white.
  • Painted the legs black.
  • Reattached the legs.
  • Cleaned and polished the top (twice).

Our old table is a high top, so the chairs wouldn’t transfer. Luckily Haute Look tossed the ones we’ve dreaming about on sale for $70 a piece (normally they’re $210). We picked up 4 reasoning that we can add the aqua ones we keep at the desk if we have a larger dinner party.

Put it all together and you get this!

So there you have it! We’re so excited to finally have it in place. Now, let’s see if I can convince Hubster to get that gallery wall up so we can call this quadrant done!

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4 Responses to “Yay table!”

  1. Renee June 16, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    You had something in your purse that fit those table legs?? i’m impressed!

    • heather June 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

      Lol! Yeah… my brain didn’t quite sync with the words there did it. I meant the screws 🙂 Thanks for the catch. I’ll edit it.

  2. Megan June 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    soooo cool! totally jealous of your karmic find 🙂

    • heather June 16, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

      Thanks!! Are you looking for something similar? Or jonesing after a different antique?

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