Tuesday, September 20, 2011

DIY: Making a forgotten table new again.

I don't know if you're privy to what's what in the wood world but there's definitely an ongoing debate: Should you paint old wood if that means it loses some of its authenticity as an original piece??
In the case of my Nana's old, dinged-up, sewing table, I say 'YES'.
I wouldn't say that this antique table would be deemed worthy of a huge payout at Antiques Roadshow or anything, but I do know that its age gave it a certain amount of seniority in the wood world. It had 'character' and 'stories'.
After years of it sitting in an old room of my Mom's house - my Mom offered the table to me when I moved if I wanted it. It was cool but the first thing I asked her was - "would you mind if I painted it??". After a bit of apprehension, she agreed as she knew that unpainted it would continue its dreary life in the shadows of an unvisited room but painted, it would be in fresh air and appreciated.
So off I went on transforming this little sucker. I don't do too many DIY projects because a) they don't turn out well b) they are so not worth all of the time and energy and c) I can easily purchase something else. However, paint is one thing that I can definitely do.

Like any serious Painter, I made sure to follow proper etiquette for the piece:

I washed it down,
I sanded it down very thoroughly (I hate sanding... it's not the best task),
I washed it down again,
I removed all the doors and attachments so I was painting it properly,

I applied a base coat and let that dry then applied 3 coats of black in succession until I got the desired coverage.
I added a new knob
I reattached all the pieces together again
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The project in its entirety took a few days (with all the waiting between paint jobs) but it was definitely worth it. What used to be a has-been is now a beautiful, black occasional table.
The Cost:
(2) mini-cans of black paint @$9.00 a can
(1) knob at $8.00
72 hours of my woman power.

In my opinion, a steal!
Besides, I like having a piece that represents my hard work, my Mom and my Nana all in one... much better to earn the reward.
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33 comments:

Katie said...

It turned out great! Id definitely do something like that if I knew I'd end up using it more :)

this free bird said...

Normally I would be on the anti-painting wood wagon, but in this case I say hollah!! It turned out awesome and your Nana would be proud, girl!

xo,
C

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

Ooooh I love what you did! I am inspired to give my old table a new look, I hope it turns out as good as yours

Leia said...

Caitlin you did an amazing job! I am sooo impressed. The table looks amazing, I'd be proud to show it off in my house too! And from the sneak peeks we've been getting of your new place, it looks amazing so far!

Leia

Marina said...

It definitely looks much better now!

Ashley said...

Super cute!!! You've got some skills girl! I def love your style!

Lindsey @ The Hill House said...

And it fits that little corner perfectly! It looks great and now you always have a story about how that little table came to be.

Erika said...

Ohmigosh I LOVE this DIY - the black is perfection! :)

BlackLOG said...

You are welcome to visit any time – the tools and paintbrushes are in the garage...
Help yourself to Tea & Coffee – will be back later….

Tina said...

ooh i love how it looks! nana would be proud! you gave it new life and it looks so cute! i freaking LOVE the knob!! lmao shit looking at you repurposing all this furniture!!

Tangled In Texas said...

You are such a DIY-er! I love that you painted it black b/c I am really digging all of the black furniture pieces out there right now.

Mandee said...

I admire your patience! Well worth the reward of knowing you were given the table from family and worked on it yourself!

Lidiya said...

I absolutely adore the table - I love the colour and it looks so so revitalized <3
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Kara said...

Caitlin that is beauuuuutiful!!! Your apartment looks so cute and chic...I love the little touches you have here and there :)

Stevie said...

Looks great! I love projects like that. Amazing what a little paint and some new knobs can do.

J said...

wow you did such a good job!! thats a steal and def extra special since u did it yourself!

inHERshoes said...

i am glad you painted it, it looks a little bit more like an item from our time! haha sometimes i wish i can be a DIY person. i think i'd be really good at it cause i like to get creative, do crafts, etc, but these days, i'd rather buy something. i think i just think of it was i can spend other things with people than a piece of wood. but maybe i need to force myself to look at DIY at different way ... love marilyn btw.

Britt said...

Wow you really did go all out, doing it the "proper way" and whatnot... I always get to lazy to sand stuff... and then wash it down... and then prime it... on and on...

It looks great, though. Well worth all the hard work!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Nicely done! i love the little nook you created with unique items and Marilyn! :)

love jenny xoxo said...

WOW!! That is so awesome! As is your house - I love your decor! I'm a new follower and I can't wait to check out more! And for the record, I'm definitely pro-painting old wood to liven it up - you can always strip it, right?!

XOXO

Krista said...

SUPER cute girlie! Great DIY job!!

DailyGlamour said...

great job !

Dirt On The Rocks said...

Seriously I'm no good with these DIY type projects, but that's probably because I don't have the patience. However, you save a lot and sometimes finding the best pieces to refinish are great. Also how do you sand? lmfao

rinniez said...

ohhhh i likey!!!
good job.
:)
xx

Kim's Vanity said...

GORGEOUS, CAITLIN!
I am loving all of your home decor and apartment posts ... I love the idea of refinishing an old piece, because then it is truly yours and no one else will ever have the same thing. The knob you put on sets it off beautifully.
I want to start doing some more decor posts about my new place .. once we start getting things hung up on the walls! I still can't get over that horse head it is just too cool.

Ashleigh said...

This looks amaaaazing!! And seriously, can you come help me decorate? Your place is adorable. (Still coveting that horse head!)

Sweetly Surprised said...

That's super cute, Caitlin! I totally wanted to get into buying old stuff and redoing it, but I have yet to try it. Love that. :)

Ocean Dreams said...

Oooh I love it and I just love your apartment!! You did such a wonderful job and before this point I didn't even know how to paint a table! Yes, shamefully so.

Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said...

Caitlin, it looks great! So modern and edgy! Yet it's still the same piece that has kept all of its heritage, so to say. Perfect DIY!

P.S. Black was a perfect color choice, in my opinion!

Dree said...

My goodness, great job! I just love the black colour. Fantastic!

Savvy Gal said...

wow nice.

Diane said...

great job!!!

Pretty Affairs said...

perfect! following you now as i need these kinda tips :)