I’ve mentioned this table in a couple of posts now. I picked it up at a garage sale on my lunch hour. Well, technically I purchased it on my lunch hour, but sent Mr. Q to pick it up later in the truck.
It was a little wonky when I got it. Two of the legs were wobbly, plus the top of the table had a big gap in the center. I suspect it used to have some leaves for making it bigger, but those were long gone. So Ken took it over to his workshop to shore it up. He is a fan of taking a piece completely apart and then putting it back together the ‘right’ way. With glue and pegs. And that is what happened with this piece. He took it all apart and then put it back together again. It couldn’t be sturdier now.
I already posted about having Ken permanently remove the leaves, which became Farmer’s Market signs.
My original plan for the table was to paint just the base and leave the top as is. I thought the finish looked fairly good. Rustic and beat up, but in a good way.
So, I painted a base coat of MMS milk paint in Boxwood, then added two coats of Shutter Grey on top of that. I should mention at this point that my preferred method of painting table bases is to flip the table upside down on some horses and paint it that way. When I had the painting all done and I flipped the table back over … well … I just wasn’t loving the way the original finish on the top worked with the paint. It was too orange-y and too shiny. That meant I had to strip the top after all. So I carefully stripped it with some citrus stripper. Once stripped, I sanded it down and add a coat of clear wax followed by a coat of MMS white wax.
I really prefer the lighter colored top with the Shutter Grey on the base.
I also think the way the table is put together with mismatched grain on each plank of wood is very charming. There are still a few dings and gouges that show the age of this piece, and the original casters are still in place. They work quite well too.
This is another piece that would work great as a desk, or even as a large bedside table
How about it? Any of you in need of a desk? Or a table? This one is available.